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Mercy Medical Center staff in Cedar Rapids to have unpaid leave, furloughs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 9, 2020 - 5:13pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — More than 200 Mercy Medical Center employees will be placed on furloughs or leave, a decision reflecting the significant financial headwinds the Cedar Rapids hospital —...
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Jesup High School FFA students pitch in on derecho cleanup

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 9, 2020 - 4:33pm
VAN HORNE — With each sweep of the rake and each broken tree branch lobbed onto a pile, Jesup High School students helped restore what’s left of a grove of trees behind Helen...
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Six University of Iowa Greek chapters on interim suspension following COVID complaints

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 9, 2020 - 3:43pm
IOWA CITY — Five sororities and one fraternity at the University of Iowa are on suspension for now while administrators investigate allegations they violated, in some cases, prohibitions...
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Readers cheer Republican snub of The Gazette, scream ‘bias!’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 9, 2020 - 2:06pm
It was 13 years ago this past week that I walked into The Gazette as a new columnist. The time has certainly flown by. “Dorman used to be readable 15-20 years ago but has turned into a left...
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Iowa continues to set daily records in the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 9, 2020 - 1:33pm
For the third day in a row, Iowa topped its highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, according to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health. In the past 24 hours, the number of COVID-19...
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Iowans ‘at risk of disconnection’ can receive up to $2,000 for help with utility bills

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 9, 2020 - 1:18pm
Eligible households “at risk of disconnection” from an electric, natural gas or water utility could receive up to $2,000 for their bills through the Residential Utility Disruption...
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A plan to restore the four sports axed by the University of Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 9, 2020 - 12:33pm
The University of Iowa’s jarring decision on Aug. 21 to terminate the four Olympic sports of men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, and men’s...
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Pate: How to make your voice heard on or before Nov. 3

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 9, 2020 - 12:20pm
Iowans have options about how we choose to vote. We can cast an absentee ballot from the comfort of our home, in-person at the county auditor’s office, or vote at the polls on Election Day....
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Get ready to wait for 2020 election results

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 9, 2020 - 12:12pm
When The Gazette print edition hits your doorstep on Nov. 4, there’s a good chance the front page will not declare a winner of the presidential election or down-ballot races. Like most other...
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After derecho, displaced family grapples with COVID-19 away from home

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 9, 2020 - 11:42am
CEDAR RAPIDS — When the derecho tore through Eastern Iowa, William Ross already was in a crisis. By the time the Aug. 10 storm hit Cedar Rapids, his wife, Myrtle Ross, was a couple weeks into...
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ICAD launches three-year, $3 million Designing Our Future campaign

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 9, 2020 - 11:40am
Iowa City Area Development Group launched its $3 million Designing Our Future campaign at its annual meeting Thursday for “economic recovery and resilience.” The three-year campaign has...
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2 months after derecho: Tons of trees still to be hauled

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 8, 2020 - 10:42pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Linn County communities have picked up more than 2.9 million cubic yards of debris left in the wake of the Aug. 10 derecho’s hurricane-force winds, setting cities up for...
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Fall color is peaking in Eastern Iowa soon, here are some ideas of where to soak it in

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 8, 2020 - 10:40pm
The leaves are changing, though in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area, the arrival of fall may be bittersweet. “I’ve always enjoyed two places for fall color, at least in this area...
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Marion City Council votes to approve new crisis counselor position for police department for intervention on mental health calls

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 8, 2020 - 9:47pm
The Marion Police Department will soon have a crisis counselor embedded within the department. During its Thursday night meeting, the Marion City Council voted unanimously to approve the agreement...
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Iowa nursing home residents suffering from loneliness may soon find relief

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 8, 2020 - 9:45pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Like many other milestones over these past months, Linda and David Scott’s birthday celebrations looked very different during the pandemic. Linda turned 70 in March and...
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U.S. House rivals Hart and Miller-Meeks focus on health care, pandemic in second debate

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 8, 2020 - 8:57pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Two rivals seeking an open seat to represent Southeast Iowa in Congress split Thursday night in a televised debate over how strictly to enforce COVID-19 mitigation measures and...
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The Gazette’s endorsement for president: End the carnage

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 8, 2020 - 8:10pm
On Inauguration Day 2017, President Donald Trump raised the specter of “American carnage” that his presidency would remedy. Instead, he unleashed it. Four years later the nation is...
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Coralville Mayor John Lundell reflects on ‘roller coaster ride’ of 2020

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 8, 2020 - 7:01pm
CORALVILLE — Coralville Mayor John Lundell was at the League of Cities national meeting in Washington, D.C., in March when he got the call — the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in...
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Trump administration awards $22 million in biofuel grants

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 8, 2020 - 5:15pm
Federal agriculture officials said Thursday they awarded $22 million in grants to gas stations, convenience stores and fuel distribution sites in 14 states to upgrade pumps, fuel lines and storage...
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Greenfield raises $28 million in past three months, criticizes contributions from corporate political action committees

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 8, 2020 - 5:14pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Theresa Greenfield, who announced Thursday that her campaign raised more money in three months than any U.S. Senate candidate in Iowa has raised in a complete election cycle,...
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