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One McKinley Middle School employee back at work as sexual abuse investigation continues

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 21, 2017 - 5:37pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — One of two McKinley Middle School employees who was placed on paid leave in connection to a sexual abuse investigation returned to work Friday. In an update to McKinley Middle...
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Iowa motorcycle legend John Parham dies at 62

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 21, 2017 - 5:13pm
ANAMOSA — John Parham, the founder of J & P Cycles motorcycle company and a dedicated motorcycle enthusiast responsible for bringing the National Motorcycle Museum to Anamosa, died...
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Federal judge recalls VW’s glory years before imposing $2.8B fine

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 21, 2017 - 4:38pm
DETROIT — For a moment on Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox grew wistful about Volkswagen’s past. That was before Cox imposed a $2.8 billion criminal fine that is part of a...
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Cedar Rapids man who threatened to kill woman convicted in federal court on gun charge

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 21, 2017 - 3:53pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A man who threatened to kill a Cedar Rapids woman was convicted by a jury Friday, following a two-day trial in U.S. District Court. Darrell J. Sims, 29, of Cedar Rapids, was...
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Journalist Laura Ling to speak about rights at Iowa Women Lead Change conference

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 21, 2017 - 3:18pm
Journalist Laura Ling has traveled the globe to report on human rights issues and — making headlines herself — been held captive in a North Korean prison camp. Next week, Ling will...
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Five ways to go green on Earth Day

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 21, 2017 - 3:09pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Since its founding in 1970, Earth Day has become an international holiday celebrated across more than 100 countries to demonstrate support for the environment. Some advocates...
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America’s ‘manliest’ industries now compete for women

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 21, 2017 - 2:25pm
Baby boomers are retiring in droves, vacating construction sites and body shops and 18-wheelers. Now America’s male-dominated industries, faced with a looming worker shortage, are trying to...
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Iowa jobless rate falls, but so does participation

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 21, 2017 - 1:38pm
Iowa’s unemployment rate is on a downward trend, but so is the size of the state’s labor force. The state’s jobless rate fell to 3.1 percent in March, down from 3.8 percent the...
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Crystal Group expects 2018 completion for expansion

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 21, 2017 - 12:48pm
Crystal Group’s expansion should be complete in the second half of 2018, the Hiawatha-based company said Friday. The designer and manufacturer, which makes rugged computer systems, plans to...
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Jane Meyer trial: UI athletics department grievances cited as reason for dismissal

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 21, 2017 - 12:06pm
DES MOINES — A former University of Iowa athletics official testified this morning she believes her former boss, UI Athletics Director Gary Barta, ruined her career. “I’ve...
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Iowa Profile: Ashton Kutcher gets up-close and personal

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 21, 2017 - 11:31am
WEST DES MOINES — To the world, he’s Ashton Kutcher, actor, model, entrepreneur. To Eastern Iowans, he’s the Cedar Rapids native and Clear Creek Amana High School graduate who made...
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Speakers to address overcoming hurdles at work, in life at Iowa Women Lead Change conference

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 21, 2017 - 11:16am
A former TV news anchor, a human-rights reporter who was held captive in North Korea and the first woman F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot will be among the speakers set for next week’s Iowa Women...
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Police: Cedar Rapids man forced himself into woman’s apartment, sexually assaulted her

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 21, 2017 - 11:01am
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man faces multiple charges for allegedly forcing himself into a woman’s apartment and sexually assaulted her. According to a Linn County Attorney’s...
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Judge sentences Kendu Petties to life in prison for 2014 killings

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 21, 2017 - 10:22am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Roger Alexander said he never thought he would have to know what it was like to lose a child, but that changed when his 20-year-old daughter Sierrah Simmons was killed in a...
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Podcast: On Iowa Politics talks Kim Weaver's credentials, Joni Ernst's Trump comments and the end of the session

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 21, 2017 - 9:57am
In this week's edition of On Iowa Politics, the crew talks about a Congressional candidate in Iowa who has some unique qualifications, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst's comments about President Trump's weekend...
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Gretchen Carlson, former Fox News anchor, to speak in Cedar Rapids Wednesday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 21, 2017 - 9:41am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor who brought the lawsuit that helped topple the network’s chairman and chief executive officer, will be a keynote speaker...
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Fairy houses & gnome homes bring a touch of whimsy to spring gardening

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 21, 2017 - 7:40am
HIAWATHA — You don’t have to have a green thumb to work a little magic in your gardens. Flower beds and vegetable patches are the perfect places to plant gnome homes and fairy houses....
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Drake Relays qualifiers (unofficial)

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 21, 2017 - 12:09am
DES MOINES — The Drake Relays are April 27-29 at Drake Stadium, and the deadline for qualification has passed. The following is an unoffical list of qualifiers, via Quik Stats...
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Iowa House vote propels Branstad wish for water quality plan

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 9:17pm
DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad may get one of his wishes as he comes to the end of 23 years in the governor’s office — his signature on a long-term water quality improvement...
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NewBoCo, Iowa-City tech companies take home Prometheus Awards

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 8:51pm
A Cedar Rapids not-for-profit, two Iowa City companies and a start-up from University of Iowa students all took home awards at the 2017 LWBJ Prometheus Awards Thursday. Each year, the Technology...
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