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Feds’ chief opioid prosecutor in Iowa district receives award for ‘superior performance’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2021 - 4:49pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Chatham was among only nine others across the country honored recently for “superior performance” as a federal prosecutor. “I...
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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Iowa drop again

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2021 - 3:23pm
The number of patients being treated in Iowa hospitals for COVID-19 declined again Sunday, but has yet to drop even to worst level of last summer’s surge. In a 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m....
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Number of minority Iowa lawmakers double but still scarce

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2021 - 1:23pm
DES MOINES — So you say you’re an Iowa lawmaker. OK, Boomer. Baby Boomers comprise more than half of the Iowa Legislature and far outnumber members of any other generation, according to...
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‘Mountain’ of work awaits new Iowa City police Chief Dustin Liston

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2021 - 1:13pm
IOWA CITY — When she talks about the tasks awaiting new police Chief Dustin Liston, Iowa City Council member Janice Weiner doesn’t mince words. “He’s got a huge mountain...
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Iowa man arrested, charged with taking part in U.S. Capitol riot

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2021 - 7:58am
An Iowa man was jailed early Saturday on charges accusing him of taking part in the riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek said officers...
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Iowa sees 1,899 new coronavirus cases Saturday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 9, 2021 - 1:59pm
Iowa recorded 1,899 new positive cases for the novel coronavirus as of 11 a.m. Saturday for the 24-hour period. Almost 13 percent of those new cases — 244 — were children under the age...
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Pandemic a ‘significant factor’ for unusually violent year in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 8:12pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Though for the better part of the year people were encouraged to stay close to home and keep their distance from others, 2020 proved to be one of the most violent years Cedar...
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Twitter bans Trump’s account, citing risk of further violence

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 6:54pm
Twitter on Friday banned President Donald Trump from its site, a punishment for his role in inciting violence at the U.S. Capitol this week, robbing him of the megaphone he used to communicate...
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Man who drove into crowd of Iowa City racial justice protesters avoids prison

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 5:52pm
IOWA CITY — A white man who deliberately sped his car through a crowd of racial injustice protesters in Iowa City, striking several, will avoid prison and have the incident erased from his...
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Iowans wager monthly record $104 million on sports

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 5:51pm
DES MOINES — Legal sports wagering in Iowa topped the $100 million plateau in December, marking the third month in a row for record-setting growth. And industry officials expect betting...
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Mercy Cedar Rapids expands COVID-19 home health program

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 5:36pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — After seeing positive outcomes among patients involved in its newest initiative, Mercy Medical Center expanded a home health care program for COVID-19 positive patients this...
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Goodwill of the Heartland to expand operations after largest donation in 55-year history

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 5:08pm
For about a month, Pat Airy had to keep a big secret — one worth $10 million. She couldn’t even tell her family or co-workers. That secret turned out to be the largest donation received...
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From intern to longest-serving: Prosecutor caps eclectic career in Iowa’s Northern District

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 5:07pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — He didn’t think there ever was a good time to walk away after nearly 37 years of prosecuting some of the toughest cases, or that he would turn out to be the longest...
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Local Santa, Mrs. Claus find hope in year of fighting cancer, COVID and a derecho that destroyed their reindeer farm

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 5:04pm
Jodi and John Philipp were driving home from a cancer treatment session in Iowa City to their home in Van Horne when the derecho hit. It took them hours to make it to their house on Highway 30 in...
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Cedar Rapids chiropractor offers postpartum care exercise

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 4:39pm
Dr. Hannah Anderson knows from personal experience that new moms have distinct needs. That’s why she started BIRTHFIT Cedar Rapids started in 2018 after having her first daughter in 2017 and...
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Iowa lawmakers expected to again take on ‘hot-button’ issues — but maybe not as many as before

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 4:35pm
DES MOINES — Public safety officials want to ban hand-held cellphones while driving, Republicans want to bolster gun rights and weaken abortion rights in the Iowa Constitution and Democrats...
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Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Christensen will remain head of court for another term

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 4:20pm
DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court again selected Justice Susan Christensen as chief on Friday. The court in each odd-numbered year at its first meeting designates one justice as chief by a...
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University of Iowa seeks volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine trial

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 3:51pm
IOWA CITY — University of Iowa Health Care is continuing to recruit volunteers to participate in another large COVID-19 vaccine trial as worsening pandemic conditions indicate clear need for...
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Chicago man pleads to scheme of duping clients by falsely booking performers

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 3:27pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Chicago man faces up to 20 years in federal prison for a fraud scheme of taking clients’ money to falsely book performers for concert venues in Eastern Iowa, as well as...
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Iowa adds 2000+ cases, 59 deaths on Friday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 1:24pm
Iowa added over 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, according to data analyzed by The Gazette. The state added 2,057 new cases and 59 new, confirmed deaths reported as of 11 a.m. on Friday....
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