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Lawmakers push to end ‘historic’ 2017 session

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 7:50pm
DES MOINES — Iowa lawmakers Thursday were closing out a historic session actually packed with fireworks that produced stark changes in policies dealing with the rights of workers, women, gun...
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Iowa Politics Today: Branstad’s ten bill day, tax payers feeling property assessment blues

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 7:47pm
A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Thursday April 21, 2017: NEW JOB: Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday that Iowa Veterans Home Commandant...
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Domestic abuse, sexual assault bills head to Branstad for signing

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 7:22pm
DES MOINES — Repeatedly using a technological device to locate, listen to or watch a person is now clearly identified as stalking tactic under Iowa law, following Gov. Terry Branstad signing...
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Upmeyer: At minimum, Iowa will maintain access to cannabidiol

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 7:22pm
DES MOINES — House Speaker Linda Upmeyer is not convinced of the benefits of medical cannabis for treating severe illness, but is convinced of the public sentiment to continue to make it...
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Hlas: Jane Meyer vs. University of Iowa trial very trying for UI

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 6:45pm
DES MOINES — If all goes as scheduled Friday, Jane Meyer will continue her ongoing testimony in the Polk County Courthouse and Gary Barta will give testimony of his own. If you’re in...
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Witness denies snitching about 2009 murder of Iowa City landlord

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 6:05pm
IOWA CITY — A man, who testified by phone from a federal prison in Indiana, said he wasn’t asked by law enforcement to get incriminating information on the man accused of killing landlord...
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Coralville Bank of the West robbed, police detain suspects in Scott County

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 4:32pm
Coralville Police have suspects in custody after a Coralville bank was robbed Thursday afternoon. According to a media release from the Coralville Police Department, officers responded to a reported...
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Autumn Steele public records hearing postponed

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 4:08pm
A contested case hearing over whether Iowa law enforcement agencies broke public records law by refusing to release information about a 2015 fatal shooting by police has been postponed until August....
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4/20 pot celebrations marked by arrests at U.S. Capitol

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 3:15pm
WASHINGTON — Marijuana smoke-ins, street parties and concerts marked the informal 4/20 pot holiday across the country on Thursday, but police spoiled one cannabis event near the U.S. Capitol...
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Former Iowa lawmaker Larry McKibben announces bid for Board of Regents presidency

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 2:04pm
COUNCIL BLUFFS — As a senior member of Iowa’s Board of Regents — with two years left to go — Larry McKibben on Thursday announced a 10-day campaign to become the...
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PCI planning 100,000-square-foot facility in MedQuarter

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 2:02pm
Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa has plans to add a second medical facility in Cedar Rapids’ Medical Quarter. The medical group announced Wednesday that it has “exploratory plans to...
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Branstad sentimental as 33rd Statehouse session draws to close

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 12:33pm
DES MOINES — He’s not getting teary eyed, but Gov. Terry Branstad is a bit emotional in the final days of what likely will be his last legislative session as governor. “Well,...
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Jane Meyer testifies about $70,000 salary gap

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 12:19pm
DES MOINES — Jane Meyer testified Thursday morning that Gene Taylor, who replaced her as second-in-command at the University of Iowa’s athletics department, inherited 45 percent of her...
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Iowa State University aims for new president by October

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 11:32am
COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Board of Regents hopes to select a new Iowa State University president by early October, according to a newly released timeline. Regents Executive Director Robert Donley...
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Johnson County food rescue organization seeks more volunteers

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 10:23am
IOWA CITY — Now that an Iowa City-based nonprofit has settled into a much larger office space to fill an increased demand for food rescue services, the organization is looking for the...
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Iowa regents talk last-minute tuition increases for fall

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 10:18am
COUNCIL BLUFFS — In the wake of state funding cuts that have taken $30 million from their base state support, outgoing Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter this morning called on the...
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UC Berkeley cancels Ann Coulter speech; she says she will do it anyway

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 9:37am
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter says she will proceed with an anti-immigration lecture next week at the University of California, Berkeley, although school officials have told organizers to...
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Prevention, not restriction will reduce abortion in Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 9:11am
Sweeping abortion restrictions approved by the Legislature this week are not in the best interest of women, will not significantly reduce abortion, and should not be signed into law. Studies confirm...
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Hiawatha man accused of impregnating minor

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 7:44am
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Hiawatha man is accused of impregnating his then-girlfriend’s underage daughter. According to the Linn County Attorney’s Office, the victim told police that in...
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Iowa ranks high nationally in renewable energy

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 7:15am
Iowa ranks among the top ten states in the nation — and first in the Midwest — when it comes to investing in renewable energy, according to a nationwide report. On Thursday, the Union...
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