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Linn County levy rate remains unchanged for fourth year

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 16, 2017 - 10:07am
CEDAR RAPIDS — For the fourth year in a row, Linn County’s levy rate will remain unchanged. The Linn County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday approved its fiscal year 2018 budget of...
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Powerball ticket purchased in North Liberty worth $2 million after Wednesday’s drawing

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 16, 2017 - 9:06am
A Powerball ticket purchased at a North Liberty tobacco shop won a $2 million prize in Wednesday’s drawing. It is North Liberty’s second big Powerball winner in six months. The...
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Cedar Rapids family displaced by fire on 900 block of B Ave. NW

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 16, 2017 - 7:21am
CEDAR RAPIDS — A family of four was displaced by an early morning fire. The Cedar Rapids Fire Department was called to the 900 block of B Avenue NW around 5:19 a.m. Thursday for a report of a...
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Village Meat Market in the Czech Village damaged by fire

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 16, 2017 - 6:16am
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Wednesday night fire did moderate damage to a Czech Village business. According to the Cedar Rapids Fire Department, crews were called to Village Meat Market & Cafe, 92...
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Thursday Morning Read: Axing Americorps, Hawks win, Medicaid losses, Senior Living Facility Planned

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 16, 2017 - 6:05am
Axing Americorps: Axing AmeriCorps, which has 1,500 people doing service work in Iowa this year, would hurt environmental efforts, literacy programs, health services and disaster relief, according to...
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Developer Ryan Cos. plans new senior living facility along Collins Road

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 8:58pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Developers Ryan Companies and Grand Living plan to build a 164-unit senior living center along First Avenue and Collins Road NE on land purchased from Indian Creek Nature...
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Senate OKs primary runoff elections

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 8:15pm
DES MOINES — Sen. Brad Zaun, who felt cheated in a 2014 GOP primary where he was the top vote-getter but lost a congressional nomination at convention, got a consolation prize of sorts...
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New Medicaid chief urges states to crack down

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 8:15pm
WASHINGTON — Hours after she was sworn in, the Trump administration’s top official for Medicaid and her boss dispatched a letter to the nation’s governors, urging states to alter...
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Iowa lawmakers brace for tough budget choices

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 7:13pm
DES MOINES — Iowa’s downward revenue projection slide has created major ripples in state budgets as Gov. Terry Branstad and GOP legislators look to backfill an immediate $131 million...
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Iowa House acts to protect electronic communication from search, seizure

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 7:12pm
DES MOINES — The Iowa House tackled constitutional issues Wednesday with measures to amend the Iowa Constitution to protect Iowans’ data on electronic devices and another calling for a...
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Federal judge in Hawaii freezes Trump’s new travel ban

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 6:33pm
A federal judge in Hawaii has frozen President Donald Trump’s new executive order temporarily barring the issuance of new visas to citizens of six-Muslim majority countries and suspending the...
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Axing AmeriCorps would mean loss of community programs, leaders say

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 6:08pm
Axing AmeriCorps, which has 1,500 people doing service work in Iowa this year, would hurt environmental efforts, literacy programs, health services and disaster relief, according to program...
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Federal jury convicts former Olin woman accused of arson insurance scheme

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 4:59pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A federal jury convicted a woman, formerly of Olin, after about two hours of deliberation Wednesday for her involvement with her then-boyfriend, a former Jones County...
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Russian spies masterminded huge Yahoo data breach, US prosecutors say

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 3:47pm
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department accused two Russian intelligence agents and two alleged criminal hackers Wednesday of breaking into Yahoo’s networks and stealing information on 500...
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Conservatives rally against GOP healthcare plan, but some think it can be bent their way

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 3:45pm
WASHINGTON — Conservatives kept up their barrage against the American Health Care Act on Wednesday, as FreedomWorks, one of the grass-roots organizations brought to meet President Donald Trump...
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Grassley accuses law enforcement officials of withholding information in Trump-Russia probe

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 2:27pm
WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Grassley on Wednesday accused federal law enforcement officials of lying to lawmakers about their willingness to share information with them as part of congressional...
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Iowa Medicaid insurers pay more in claims than they get from the state

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 2:05pm
For the third consecutive quarter, the three private insurers managing the state’s Medicaid program paid out more in claims than they were paid by the state, causing the insurers to see losses...
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Fed hikes interest rate, hits brakes on growing economy

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 12:33pm
The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points on Wednesday, launching into what is expected to be a more rapid series of increases that is intended to ward off inflation...
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Plans change for Cedar Bayou water park

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 12:18pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Developers of the proposed Cedar Bayou indoor/outdoor aquatic center no longer have their sights set on building near the Hawkeye Downs Speedway and Expo Center, the location...
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After requests, Ernst holding town hall in Cedar Rapids Friday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 11:42am
CEDAR RAPIDS —— Encouraged at a meeting last month in Maquoketa to hold constituent town halls in larger communities, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst will do just that Friday in Cedar Rapids and...
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