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Growing alternative crops in Iowa can bring risks and rewards

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 5:32pm
Many Iowa farmers are seeking alternatives to just corn and soybeans as a way to reduce risk, replenish the soil and improve water quality. But before considering a new crop, farmers want to know...
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Pandemic prompted jails, prisons to let inmates out. Should they be locked up again?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 5:29pm
The push to release inmates to protect both free and incarcerated populations from COVID-19 raises questions about who we send to jail and why. Since the 1970s, the rate of incarceration in the...
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Iowa’s higher enrollment cliff just got closer

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 5:23pm
If University of Iowa students wanted an online education, “they could do the University of Phoenix,” a University of Iowa dean in June told more than 400 faculty and staff during a...
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Iowa’s LGBTQ policies offer protection, but there’s still work to be done

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 5:20pm
When Kwynton DeLarm came out as a transgender man on Facebook in 2016, he prepared himself for a backlash. Instead, he received love and support from his friends and family as he began navigating...
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Art meets agriculture in program that invites artists to live on Iowa farms

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 5:16pm
How do you get people without a connection to agriculture to pay attention to issues affecting farmers and rural America? Maybe with ballet and poetry and theater. That’s what Mary Swander...
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Court rulings add to confusion over Iowa absentee voting

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 5:14pm
DES MOINES — Both sides in a legal clash over Iowa’s absentee voting laws were able to agree on one thing Tuesday — the court fight has become increasingly confusing and the onus...
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Iowa campus COVID-19 cases down during bar closure

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 5:06pm
More than five weeks after Gov. Kim Reynolds shuttered bars and halted late-night alcohol sales in several counties — including those home to University of Iowa and Iowa State University...
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Iowa wind energy jobs could double or triple over the next decade

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 5:01pm
As many industries simply look for a path to survive the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, one industry has its eyes on exponential growth in the next decade. The amount of wind energy jobs...
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Linn County man claims largest InstaPlay lottery prize ever

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 4:19pm
A Hiawatha man has claimed his second Iowa Lottery prize in two years. Don Burd, 56, won the Extreme Green Progressive InstaPlay jackpot of $276,296, the largest prize won ever in an InstaPlay game,...
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Climate change has arrived in Iowa. Vote to address it

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 3:28pm
In mid-September, I drove west on I-80 toward a bright orangey-red sunset. How beautiful, I thought, also noting the faraway woodlands fading into gray. Until I realized what I was really seeing:...
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Judge to allow evidence showing hidden cameras, porn internet searches at Iowa City architect’s trial

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 3:27pm
IOWA CITY — A judge has ruled that evidence of computer and phone searches of pornography and research information on voyeurism and hidden cameras is relevant and will be allowed at trial for...
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Eddie Van Halen, guitar virtuoso with a shimmering sound, dies at 65

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 2:09pm
Eddie Van Halen, a guitar virtuoso whose pyrotechnic riffs and solos expanded the vocabulary of hard rock, inspired legions of headbanging imitators and propelled his band Van Halen to four turbulent...
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Pooling resources: Luther College, Decorah team up for outdoor choir rehearsals

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 1:37pm
Choir rehearsals are going swimmingly at Luther College in Decorah, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Like everything else, the college shut down in mid-March, but music instructor Mark Potvin, who...
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Quonset huts provided married student housing after World War II

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 1:32pm
Quonset huts, used as temporary housing by the military during World War II, became student housing on college campuses after the war. The enrollments at colleges and universities surged when...
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1,400 Iowans have now died of COVID-19

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 1:15pm
Iowa saw 534 new COVID-19 cases within the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, according to data analyzed by The Gazette. Additionally, the state had 13 new confirmed deaths, bringing the...
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Educator dies with COVID-19 as Iowa virus spread continues

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 1:09pm
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — An educator in a Des Moines suburb has died from complications of COVID-19, but authorities are unable to say whether she contracted the virus at school or...
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Child care, broadband top Gov. Reynolds’ Economic Recovery Advisory Board recommendations

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 1:01pm
Child care availability and universal broadband access topped the list of 50-plus recommendations from Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Economic Recovery Advisory Board that Reynolds will use as the...
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Meskwaki casino lays off 100 employees

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 11:57am
Around 100 employees have been laid off at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel in Tama. Casino General Manager Dan Stromer said the decision was made last week and is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,...
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Vehicle damaged by gunfire in Iowa City

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 9:51am
IOWA CITY — A vehicle was damaged by gunfire in Iowa City Monday night. According to an Iowa City police news release, officers were called to the area of Mormon Trek Boulevard and Walden Road...
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Teacher, mentor, colleague: Judge Barrett will be an outstanding justice

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 6, 2020 - 8:44am
I’ve known Judge Amy Coney Barrett for 15 years. She’s been my teacher, my mentor and my colleague. And she will be a tremendous asset as a justice on the United States Supreme...
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