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Local financial institutions continue to claim market share in the Corridor

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 12, 2020 - 11:09am
When James Klein started at Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust in 2004, the three-year-old bank had one office and the seventh-largest market share in Cedar Rapids. Today Klein, the president since 2019,...
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Drunken driving down in pandemic, but will it last?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 11, 2020 - 10:03pm
IOWA CITY — Liquor sales surged at the beginning of the pandemic, but Iowans apparently are choosing to do their drinking while staying at home — and not getting behind the...
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In Judiciary Committee hearings, Joni Ernst says focus will be on nominee, not re-election

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 11, 2020 - 7:06pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Although it might affect her re-election effort, it will be “business as usual” for Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, when the Senate Judiciary Committee begins hearings...
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Column: The VP debate was boring, as it should be

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 11, 2020 - 6:27pm
First we had a presidential debate that was equal parts carnival and a second-grade playground. A little more than a week later, we got a vice presidential debate that was much more subdued, focused...
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Sen. Joni Ernst’s supporters say they’re voting to protect a way of life

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 11, 2020 - 5:18pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The 2020 election is about more than just who they’re voting for, according to motorcycle riders who turned out to show their support for U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst on...
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Senior voters, driving early voting, hold sway in election

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 11, 2020 - 3:34pm
The generation that led change on college campuses, in social life, the workplace and definitely in politics is poised to make its presence felt again at the ballot box. That’s because the...
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Watch: U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings start for Amy Coney Barrett

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 11, 2020 - 2:24pm
Confirmation hearing begin Monday morning for Amy Coney Barrett, who is President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Four days of hearings are set for the Senate Judiciary...
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USDA: Derecho crop acreage loss estimates in Iowa increase by 50 percent

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 11, 2020 - 1:16pm
DES MOINES — Crop loss estimates from a rare windstorm that slammed Iowa in August have increased by more than 50 percent, a new report shows. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said last...
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1 in 5 COVID-19 tests in Iowa prove positive

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 11, 2020 - 1:13pm
The rate of Iowans testing positive for COVID-19 rose Sunday morning to the highest level in more than two weeks as the state reported 1,262 new cases and six more deaths due to the virus. Of the...
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President Trump to make Des Moines appearance Wednesday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 10, 2020 - 4:24pm
President Donald Trump will be making an appearance in Iowa this coming Wednesday after his infection with COVID-19 caused a temporary stop to his campaigning, including his rallies. The Trump...
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Eve Ewing’s exploration of race relations earns 2020 Paul Engle Prize

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 10, 2020 - 3:03pm
The Iowa City Book Festival, which is put on by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization, moved online this year — including the presentation of the Paul Engle Prize to Dr. Eve...
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Suddenly have a sunny yard? Here are plants loved by pollinators

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 10, 2020 - 3:02pm
After deciding what trees and shrubs you want to replace, consider pollinator plants for those “suddenly sunny” spots. Here are some general guidelines for pollinator-friendly...
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Democrats believe Iowa House in reach

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 10, 2020 - 2:56pm
DES MOINES — For the past four years, Iowa’s lawmaking process has been under total Republican control. Democrats failed to regain a seat at the table in 2018 when Republican Gov. Kim...
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HotRods by Havliks drives up on second year in business

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 10, 2020 - 2:55pm
Jes and Brian Havlik are cousins with a big passion for custom hot rods. While both Havliks have been working on cars their whole lives, their business venture HotRods by Havliks will celebrate its...
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Fact Checker: Did Greenfield oppose every coronavirus relief bill?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 10, 2020 - 2:51pm
As the national debate around the right amount of coronavirus relief continues, that issue also emerged in the Oct. 3 U.S. Senate debate between incumbent Republican Joni Ernst and Democratic...
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Fact Checker: Does Iowa rank 47th in coronavirus testing?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 10, 2020 - 2:49pm
Viewers of the Oct. 3 U.S. Senate debate between incumbent Republican Joni Ernst and Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield heard plenty about the novel coronavirus. WHO-13 News political director...
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Save Iowa Sports group struggles to be heard at University of Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 10, 2020 - 1:06pm
IOWA CITY — A growing group of University of Iowa alumni, parents and athletes has developed a plan and raised about $3 million to try to save the four sports administrators discontinued after...
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Iowa records third-highest number of conornavirus-related deaths

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 10, 2020 - 12:04pm
Iowa’s number of additional positive cases of COVID-19 climbed as of Saturday from the day before — to 1,263, from Friday’s count of 1,225. Reported deaths statewide related to...
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Iowa State to start random student COVID-19 testing

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 10, 2020 - 8:06am
Iowa State University, among its efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus, is beginning random testing of select students and rewarding them via gift card for compliance. Undergraduate,...
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Cedar Rapids launching local climate action plan

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 9, 2020 - 5:46pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A lush canopy of newly planted trees. Weatherproof housing. Additional bike trails. More farmers market produce. These are a few of the things that Mugisha Bwenge, the founder...
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