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Democrats poised to choose candidate for governor

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 2:59pm
DES MOINES — Democratic voters in less than two months could make a critical decision that would go a long way toward deciding whether they are able to stem the tide that has washed then away...
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In Iowa: Want cleaner water? Hubbell says vote for it

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 2:53pm
Farming takes a lot of the heat for Iowa’s water quality problems. But what about voting? “I look at it and I see there are people out there contributing to the water quality...
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Profile: From Keota farm, international voice emerges on China trade

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 2:51pm
KEOTA — The first email came in at 3:15 a.m. CNBC Singapore wanted to set up an interview. The media requests have continued, including one from The Gazette closer to home, asking John...
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Time Machine: ‘Petticoats at the bar’ as nation’s first female lawyer was an Iowan

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 2:50pm
Arabella Babb Mansfield, an Iowan, became the first woman lawyer in the United States in 1869, but she never practiced law. Instead, she became a college administrator whose life was filled with...
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Work begins to fill Solon-to-Ely gap in trail network

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 2:47pm
BACKGROUND SOLON — A network of trails in Eastern Iowa always lacked a link that would connect Solon and Ely and, as a result, tie together more than 200 miles of trails from the area’s...
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Time running out to extend Iowa sales tax for schools

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 12:53pm
As lawmakers near the end of this year’s legislative session, educators are hopeful one of their final actions will be to extend the state penny sales tax for school infrastructure needs. The...
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Iowa lawmakers search for breakthroughs as session winds down

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 12:48pm
DES MOINES — The 2018 legislative session is headed for overtime. Republicans who control both chambers of the 87th General Assembly and GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds are going to need more than the...
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Iowa clamps down on new lease-purchase deals

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 12:40pm
Acting in response to Linn County’s use of a lease-purchase agreement — rather than traditional bidding — to construct a new public health and youth development services...
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RIP Toys ‘R’ Us: But will supermarkets lead to new life for toy retail?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 12:38pm
A Barbie by the broccoli? Hot Wheels by the hot sauce? Some toy experts say that stocking toys at supermarkets is a recipe to boost the industry as Toys “R” Us begins to close all 800...
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At Ely’s Antler Elk Ranch, elk are used to the fullest extent

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 11:37am
ELY — At Antler Ridge Elk Ranch, off Rogers Grove Road east of Ely, Chris Thuerauf and his father Bob have discovered more than a few uses for the big animals they raise. “We bought our...
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Sam Clovis ‘not bitter’ about losing USDA scientist job

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 11:33am
URBANDALE — Sam Clovis says he harbors no ill will after his nomination to a federal agriculture department job was withdrawn after his name surfaced in the special counsel’s...
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Everybody Eats: Celebrate the benefits of garlic in sweet, savory dishes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 11:00am
Years ago, when my youngest was a newborn, I spent many late nights watching infomercials because she felt sleep wasn’t important. One of the commercials I remember best was for a kitchen...
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For the Iowa Gardener: Plant shopping tips

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 10:54am
So many plants — so little time and money! As spring hits, it can be overwhelming to decide which plants to buy and which to pass on. Here are some guidelines; • If it looks healthy, it...
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Review: Urrea masterfully balances life and death in new novel ‘The House of Broken Angels’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 10:50am
Big Angel has to bury his mother and celebrate his birthday over the same weekend — and he himself is not long for this world. That’s the setup for Luis Alberto Urrea’s new...
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Gardening at the Cedar Rapids Public Library: From gardening books to kits, library has what you need to get digging

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 10:49am
Spring is coming to the Cedar Rapids Public Library, even if the weather doesn’t always feel like it. We’ve got programs, magazines, books and even seeds to get you started. Throughout...
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Review: In ‘Nothing But Sky’ plot with fierce female protagonist falls flat

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 10:46am
‘Nothing But Sky” is a highflying adventure story set the post-World War I era. Its shining star is Grace Lafferty. Always pushing the men in her life to reach for more and be more,...
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Review: Memoir offers remarkable glimpse into hope, despair

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 10:45am
Sofija Stefanovic’s brilliant debut memoir, “Miss Ex-Yugoslavia,” begins with the author lined up in the back of a smoky Australian nightclub, competing against other immigrants...
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Cedar Rapids man injured in single-vehicle rollover accident

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 10:11am
One man was injured after his vehicle slid off the road and rolled over into the ditch Saturday morning. According to a media release from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, at 9:03 a.m....
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After Syria attack, tensions rise for United States and Russia, but fears of military confrontation ease for now

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 8:51am
Western leaders warned Syria on Saturday that they could launch further missile strikes if chemical weapons are used again, while the pre-dawn attacks were denounced by Damascus and its backers as...
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Watch: President Donald Trump orders precision strikes against Syria chemical weapons capabilities

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 13, 2018 - 7:22pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday ordered precision strikes targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons capabilities, as explosions were...
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