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Marion plaza project making progress during pandemic

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 29, 2020 - 5:04pm
In January, Marion was awarded a $155,000 from the Iowa Great Places Program for the city’s Uptown Plaza project. The idea of the project has been in the works for a decade and has been tied...
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Democrats target Ashley Hinson campaign’s plagiarism in new ad

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 29, 2020 - 4:40pm
On the heels of reports that parts of her policy statements and an opinion page essay were plagiarized content from news organizations and her opponent’s website, a Democratic campaign...
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36,000 Iowans sign petition asking Gov. Reynolds to reverse proclamation requiring in-person schooling

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 29, 2020 - 4:33pm
DES MOINES — The Iowa State Education Association said 36,000 Iowans signed a petition urging Gov. Kim Reynolds to reverse her proclamation requiring schools to meet in-person at least 50...
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Iowa regents OK cuts to university budgets, presidential compensation

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 29, 2020 - 4:02pm
In lopping over $65 million from Iowa’s public universities in fiscal 2021 to help account for losses from COVID-19, state funding cuts and enrollment declines, the state Board of Regents on...
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Proclamation from Linn County leaders to call on Reynolds to allow local issuing of mask mandates

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 29, 2020 - 3:31pm
The Linn County Supervisors are looking to hold a joint meeting with local mayors across the county to discuss and finalize a proclamation calling for Gov. Kim Reynolds to grant local control so...
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University of Iowa to start giving trial coronavirus vaccines Thursday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 29, 2020 - 2:46pm
IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa on Thursday will start giving trial coronavirus vaccines to volunteers as part of a research study involving investigational vaccines aimed at preventing the...
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Hundreds of doctors demand Gov. Reynolds issue mask mandate

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 29, 2020 - 2:17pm
Nearly 300 physicians across Iowa have signed a letter urging Gov. Kim Reynolds to issue a statewide mask mandate, joining the call from top health care groups for stronger COVID-19 mitigation...
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Iowa City school board taking steps to address racial inequality

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 29, 2020 - 1:53pm
IOWA CITY — Iowa City Community School District is taking steps to address racial inequality by reviewing current law enforcement involvement on school campuses, conducting a curriculum audit...
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It’s time to streamline Iowa’s top-heavy universities

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 29, 2020 - 1:38pm
Even before coronavirus hit American colleges and universities, even before their budgets imploded because of the pandemic, questions were being asked nationally about how these institutions spend...
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Beatles vs. Stones coming to Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 29, 2020 - 1:30pm
Beatles vs. Stones is returning to rock the Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, at 7 p.m. Sept. 20, with socially distanced seating and safety protocols in place. Tickets to the...
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Grassley calls latest relief package ‘reasonable’ response to COVID-19 hardship

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 29, 2020 - 12:41pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Disagreement over the continuation of a $600-a-week federal supplemental unemployment benefit is likely to be the biggest hurdle to the next phase of coronavirus relief, Sen....
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457 new COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 69 new cases between Johnson and Linn counties

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 29, 2020 - 11:47am
The state reported at 11 a.m. on Wednesday 457 new diagnosed cases of COVID-19, creating a total of 43,195 since the start of the pandemic. Six new deaths were confirmed related to COVID-19, for a...
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Weigh the risks of going to school against risks of staying home

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 29, 2020 - 10:58am
The governor got it half right: in-person learning is a priority. There is undoubtedly a risk to returning — especially if the number of COVID cases keeps rising as it is. But keeping kids...
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Fire at Coralville Days Inn hotel causes estimated $500,000 in damage

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 29, 2020 - 8:50am
CORALVILLE — A fire at a Coralville hotel did an estimated half a million dollars in damage Tuesday. According to the Coralville Fire Department, crews were called to the Days Inn, 704 First...
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USDA examining unidentified seeds mailed from China

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 29, 2020 - 8:44am
WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department is looking into the origins of mysterious packages of seeds with Chinese mailing addresses delivered to recipients who say they never ordered them. With...
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Four Oaks youth counselor accused of harboring runaways

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 29, 2020 - 8:20am
NORTH LIBERTY — A Four Oaks youth counselor is accused of harboring three runaways from the facility. According to North Liberty police criminal complaints, 34-year-old Noreda A. El, of North...
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North Liberty adopts mask measure

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 29, 2020 - 6:25am
NORTH LIBERTY — The City of North Liberty is calling on its citizens to mask up when in public. During its meeting Tuesday night, the North Liberty City Council unanimously adopted a face mask...
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Plans for mini golf course in works for Cedar Rapids’ Twin Pines

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 28, 2020 - 8:40pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Seeing a family-friendly way of partially offsetting some revenue shortfalls from the city’s municipal golf operation, the Cedar Rapids City Council advanced plans...
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Johnson County health board agrees on language for countywide mask mandate

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 28, 2020 - 7:47pm
IOWA CITY — The Johnson County Public Health Board agreed Tuesday evening on language for a countywide face covering regulation, paving the way for the Board of Supervisors to do the...
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Iowa City schools consider delaying first day of school until September

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 28, 2020 - 7:38pm
IOWA CITY — The Iowa City Community School District is considering delaying the start of the school year until Sept. 8 to mitigate some risk of coronavirus exposure. Officials hope that by...
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