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Iowa City shooter now faces federal charge

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 11:17am
IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man arrested in connection with a shooting last month has been indicted on a federal firearms charge. According to federal court documents, on Tuesday, 35-year-old...
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Justice Department says Russian spies, conspirators hacked Yahoo in 2014

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 10:51am
LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that four foreign nationals — including two officers of the Russian Federal Security Service — were indicted on a...
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Poll: More Iowa farmers using practices to reduce nutrient pollution

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 10:07am
Iowa farmers say they substantially have increased their adoption of conservation practices intended to reduce nutrient pollution of the state’s water, according to the results of the latest...
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Sheriff’s Office to increase enforcement during St. Patrick’s Day period

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 9:57am
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Linn County Sheriff’s Office will be on the lookout for drunk drivers leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. According to a news release from the sheriff’s...
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Iowa lawmakers celebrate Canada Day at Capitol

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 9:47am
DES MOINES — Canada Day at the Capitol was marked Wednesday by a celebration of the economic “value chain” that benefits both Iowa and Canada. More than just economic value,...
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51,500 Iowans sign up for health insurance through Affordable Care Act exchange

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 9:16am
More than 12 million Americans and 51,500 Iowans signed up for subsidy-eligible insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace during the open enrollment period ending Jan. 31, according to...
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President Trump slams tax return report, Snoop Dogg in early morning tweets

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 8:56am
LOS ANGELES — President Donald Trump rattled off a series of tweets Wednesday morning that covered a smattering of topics not limited to recent reports about his tax returns, an upcoming rally...
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Wednesday Morning Read: Alliant rate hike, Jerime Mitchell lawsuit, Iowa gun bill

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 15, 2017 - 6:29am
ALLIANT RATE HIKE — After six years of frozen base rates, Alliant Energy customers can expect to see their electric bills increase by as much as $3 to $5 a month in April. In about one year,...
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Iowa Senate passes bill restricting abortion after 20th week of pregnancy

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 9:16pm
DES MOINES — Iowa doctors would be barred from performing abortions after the 20th week of a pregnancy or face criminal penalties under a bill that passed the Iowa Senate on a 32-17 vote...
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New construction, higher property values allow Cedar Rapids City Council to keep tax levy rates unchanged

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 9:10pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids City Council elected to keep the city’s property tax levy the same for the ninth year in a row when it approved the fiscal 2018 budget. However, a state...
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North Liberty City Council sets date for mayoral election, discusses new police station

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 9:08pm
NORTH LIBERTY — A special election for mayor of North Liberty is scheduled for April 25. The North Liberty City Council voted 3-0 Tuesday to approve the special election date. The election was...
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Grassley: No deputy AG vote until we get an FBI briefing on Russia

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 8:26pm
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Tuesday he will hold up the deputy attorney general’s confirmation vote as collateral until FBI Director James Comey briefs his panel...
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Iowa Politics Today: Don’t drink sunscreen, not even ‘drinkable sunscreen’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 7:11pm
A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Tuesday, March 14, 2017: FARM NUISANCE SUIT PROTECTION: The Republican-led Iowa Senate voted 31-18 to approve legislation that...
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U.S. judge denies tribe’s request to stop oil flow in Dakota Access pipeline

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 6:08pm
WASHINGTON — A U.S. District Court judge on Tuesday denied a request by a Native American tribe to issue an emergency injunction to prevent oil from flowing through part of the Dakota Access...
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Republicans weigh changes to health bill as doubts mount

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 6:06pm
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and congressional leaders are weighing changes to their plan to dismantle the Obamacare health law, a White House spokesman said Tuesday, as Republicans...
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White House: Trump does not agree with Steve King’s immigration tweet

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 6:05pm
WASHINGTON — The White House said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump does not agree with a controversial tweet on immigration and birth rates by Republican Representative Steve...
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Iowa Senators begin gun bill consideration

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 5:54pm
DES MOINES — Opponents of legislation that would expand gun rights in Iowa made a last-stand show of political force Tuesday at the Statehouse in hopes of heading off or softening aspects of...
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GOP water quality funding plan gets enthusiastic support

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 5:36pm
DES MOINES — A Republicans proposal to fully fund a voter-approved water quality and outdoor recreation plan received high marks Tuesday from groups that have been backing the effort for a...
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Group questions Iowa factory farm scoring system

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 5:17pm
Close to a half-dozen Iowa counties in the past several months have taken stances against factory-farm projects, with many calling for a review of the industry’s main regulatory system...
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Iowa police case numbers are public information, board staff says

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 3:46pm
Iowa’s open records law does not allow law enforcement agencies to keep case numbers secret, according to a staff opinion by the Iowa Public Information Board. The board will vote at its...
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