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Gov. Kim Reynolds defends lack of face mask mandate

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 7:43pm
DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday said some people “would tell you just the opposite” of scientists who say face masks help slow the spread of the new...
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Cyclone Fanatic publisher discusses his coronavirus experience

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 7:39pm
Cyclone Fanatic publisher Chris Williams learned June 23 that tested positive for COVID-19. Williams, 36, is a husband and father of two girls living in the Des Moines area. He has worked with the...
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Lucas Elementary investigation results in plan to ‘restart’ school culture

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 7:28pm
IOWA CITY — The Iowa City Community School District will be transferring several teachers and staff at Lucas Elementary and providing professional development following an investigation into...
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50 years ago on an Iowa farm, the Wadena Rock Festival drew hippies and Little Richard

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 6:05pm
There was no documentary made about it. If there is a recording compiling all its performances, it’s a well-kept secret. Yet the Wadena Rock Festival did indeed happen 50 years ago in...
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Pair heat and sweet with honey jerk salmon on a bed of greens

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 5:41pm
Well everyone, we made it to August. In years past we might not have been so celebratory over making it eight months into any particular year as a society, but this year is definitely an exception....
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Iowa needs some new Statehouse monuments to reflect reality

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 5:32pm
Earlier this summer, a debate emerged over the future of some art and monuments at the Iowa Statehouse. Activists rightly pointed out that some works, such as “The Pioneer Statuary...
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Corridor theaters prepare to act on their Black Lives Matter vows

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 5:28pm
As protesters marched across the nation after George Floyd was killed by a police officer May 25 in Minneapolis, Corridor theater troupes were among those posting support for the Black Lives Matter...
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Potters’ Obsession paint-your-own pottery studio gets creative with takeout during pandemic

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 5:21pm
During Michelle Kline’s childhood in Hiawatha, a neighbor ran a ceramics and pottery shop out of her garage. Kline dabbled, but the experience didn’t seem to have a lasting...
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Iowa responds to independent review into football program’s treatment of Black players

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 4:27pm
IOWA CITY — Kirk Ferentz got right to it. The Iowa head football coach, going into his 22nd season, thought he had a healthy culture within his football program. On June 4, that changed. Black...
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Small town doctor: COVID-19 pushes Medicaid to the brink in Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 3:56pm
Adequately funding Iowa’s Medicaid program helps to equip health care workers to do our jobs and save lives. The ongoing pandemic has pushed Medicaid to its limits as more and more Iowans rely...
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Rural Iowa's lack of affordable housing creates barrier for new business

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 3:41pm
  On Debi Durham’s desk, she has $25 million worth of rural housing grant proposals she doesn’t have the money to approve. “And those were all rural,” said Durham, director...
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American College of Physicians calls for masks as coronavirus pandemic public health strategy

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 3:37pm
The Iowa chapter of the American College of Physicians said Thursday it sent a statement to Gov. Kim Reynolds calling for masks to be worn in community settings to slow the spread of coronavirus. The...
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Iowa man sentenced to 40 years in prison for producing child porn

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 3:32pm
COUNCIL BLUFFS — A Council Bluffs man was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison this week for producing and possessing child pornography. Michael Brandstrom, 29, was sentenced Wednesday in...
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Collins Aerospace lays off undisclosed amount of employees

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 3:30pm
Collins Aerospace laid off employees from across the country, including many in Iowa, a company spokeswoman confirmed to The Gazette, as the company experiences reduction in business because of...
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Congress delivers rare bipartisan win on conservation

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 3:26pm
Major conservation legislation has cleared Congress with the support of Iowa US. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, both Republicans, and Democratic U.S. Reps. Abby Finkenauer, Dave Loebsack and...
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Iowa teachers association rejects governor’s coronavirus school reopening plan

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 2:07pm
The Iowa State Education Association “rejects” Gov. Kim Reynold’s definition of a safe return to schools, and released its own guidance for a safe return to in-person learning...
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Four men charged in meth trafficking ring plead not guilty

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 1:45pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Four men were charged this week with methamphetamine trafficking after law enforcement officers obtained 12 search warrants in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Roland and Marshalltown...
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University of Iowa replaces dean atop largest college after criticism, apology

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 12:49pm
IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa on Thursday replaced another top administrator with an interim — demoting the dean of its largest college two months after he led a roundly-criticized...
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Iowa schools can request temporary all-virtual instruction if 10% of students are absent

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 12:09pm
DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds released new guidance Thursday for what school districts should do when students or staff test positive for the coronavirus, if there is substantial spread in...
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Jackson County reports first coronavirus-related death

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 11:53am
Jackson County has reported the county’s first coronavirus-related death since the start of the pandemic. The county is the 72nd county in Iowa to have a death related to COVID-19. 649 new...
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