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How stocks are leaving wages in the dust

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 15, 2018 - 4:46pm
Wages were mostly flat again in 2017, even as the stock market rose to record heights. This is kind of what we expect nowadays: The divide between Main Street and Wall Street has become a staple of...
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Parents claim Marion schools knew of risk child could be sexually abused by volunteer

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 15, 2018 - 3:07pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Another Marion elementary teacher, along with the school district, is being sued by parents who claim their child was sexually abused by a classroom volunteer in 2015. The...
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Sam’s Club closings bad news for small business

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 15, 2018 - 2:59pm
Wal-Mart last week announced it would be closing 63 of its underperforming Sam’s Club stores at various locations throughout the country. None of the affected stores are in Iowa. While most...
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Major automakers urge Trump administration: don’t ditch NAFTA

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 15, 2018 - 2:45pm
DETROIT — Global automakers on Monday urged the Trump administration not to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement and expressed hope the United States, Canada and Mexico can...
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Fiat Chrysler CEO says no plans to sell brands to Chinese

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 15, 2018 - 1:47pm
DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s (FCA) has no intention of breaking up the company or selling individual brands to China or other parties, the company’s chief executive...
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Critical care expenses on the rise for pet rescue non-profit agencies

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 15, 2018 - 12:47pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Southern, an underweight, 15-month-old Red Bone Hound, hasn’t had an easy first year of life. He’s a transplant from Topeka, Kan., who was brought to Fur Fun...
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Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of the Cranberries, dies at 46

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 15, 2018 - 11:41am
Dolores O'Riordan, who fronted the Irish alternative band the Cranberries that became an international sensation in the 1990s, died Monday. She was 46. The cause of death hasn't been made public....
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Ernst sees Trump opposition to NAFTA softening

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 15, 2018 - 11:24am
TAMA — Add Sen. Joni Ernst’s voice to those who believe that President Donald Trump is reassessing his position on the North American Free Trade Agreement. Although the president has...
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Ground Floor: Marion yoga entrepreneurs offer head, heart in their business

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 15, 2018 - 10:31am
MARION — A yoga business that got its start on a rooftop is now under the roof of an historic Marion home. Stephanie Neighbor-Kubik and Cassie Hammarmeister, co-owners of Vella Yoga, met at...
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Name released in Cedar Rapids suspicious death investigation

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 15, 2018 - 9:36am
CEDAR RAPIDS — An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday in an ongoing suspicious death investigation. Cedar Rapids police responded to a welfare check at the Shamrock Apartments, 316 Jacolyn Dr....
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Advocates still pushing for ‘Emmalee’s Law’ in Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 15, 2018 - 9:29am
Brad and Ann Jacobs don’t want anyone to have to feel the way they did the day they learned the man responsible for their daughter Emmalee’s death would serve only 30 days in jail. And...
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Freund-Vector considers Marion expansion, but only if it gets incentives

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 15, 2018 - 9:22am
A Marion-based company plans to build a new research-and-development space in the city, but only if it receives local and state incentives. Freund-Vector Corp. announced Monday it is...
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Hawaii says lack of adequate fail-safe measures led to false missile alert

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 15, 2018 - 6:42am
HONOLULU — Human error and a lack of adequate fail-safe measures during a civil defense warning drill led to the false missile alert that stirred panic across Hawaii over the weekend, a state...
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Monday Morning Read: Lawmakers will debate reinstating death penalty; in fractured times, visitors ponder MLK’s ‘Statue of Hope’; all-male group promotes heart health for women

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 15, 2018 - 6:24am
TODAY’S WEATHER — Mostly cloudy, chance of snow. High 5, low -9. LAWMAKERS WILL DEBATE REINSTATING DEATH PENALTY — Bringing the death penalty back to Iowa likely will get debated...
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PHOTOS: Daffy Derby duck race

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2018 - 5:36pm
Participants urged on their ducks at the 10th annual Daffy Derby at Oberbreckling and Sons in Mechanicsville Saturday. The Daffy Derby is an outdoor duck race and is a fundraiser for the...
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When debris flowed, Montecito families had little chance to flee

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2018 - 5:02pm
MONTECITO, Calif. — The realization that houses might simply vanish didn’t start to set in until a 30-foot tree trunk barreled by. Trina Grokenberger stared out the upstairs window of...
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Pope: Fear and doubt should not determine response to immigrants

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2018 - 4:54pm
VATICAN CITY — Mutual fears between immigrants and their new communities are understandable, but must not prevent new arrivals from being welcomed and integrated, Pope Francis said on Sunday...
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In fractured times, visitors ponder Martin Luther King’s ‘stone of hope’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2018 - 12:13pm
WASHINGTON — The day the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated nearly 50 years ago, Loria Logan had just started grade school and was riding her bicycle outside her home in Chicago. Her...
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Iowa lawmakers will debate reinstating death penalty

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2018 - 11:42am
DES MOINES — Bringing the death penalty back to Iowa likely will get debated but probably not approved during the 2018 legislative session, key lawmakers say. Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale,...
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All-male group promotes heart health for women in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2018 - 11:12am
CEDAR RAPIDS — It started with a chili cheeseburger and cheese fries. That’s how Cedar Rapids resident Steve Knierim begins the story of his heart attack, which took place in 2014...
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