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After recent free speech controversies, Iowa Board of Regents instigates review of university policies

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 20, 2020 - 3:37pm
IOWA CITY — Given ongoing First Amendment issues across Iowa’s public universities — including controversial syllabi, spurned student groups, and contentious social media posts...
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Another grim milestone for Iowa as the state exceeds 200,000 positive COVID cases

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 20, 2020 - 2:39pm
Iowa passed another grim milestone Friday as the state’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases shot above 200,000. According to data from the Iowa Department of Health, Iowa reported 4,346...
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Midwest bankers expect lower holiday sales

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 20, 2020 - 2:17pm
A majority of Midwest bankers expect holiday retail sales to be lower than in 2019. Approximately 54.8 percent of the bankers who responded to a monthly Creighton University Rural Mainstreet survey...
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First Iowa prison correctional officer dies from COVID-19

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 20, 2020 - 1:53pm
Iowa had its first death of a prison staff member this week and eight prisoners have died so far of COVID-19 as outbreaks continue at Iowa prison facilities. “It’s a mess,” said...
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Mad Modern closes storefront, goes to by-appointment ordering

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 20, 2020 - 1:08pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Mad Modern will be closing its storefront in the New Bohemia neighborhood and transitioning exclusively to by-appointment and curbside delivery, the furniture store announced...
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House fire sends one man to hospital, displaces residents

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 20, 2020 - 1:05pm
Firefighters responded to a house fire Friday morning that damaged the residence and sent a 58-year-old man to an area hospital. According to the Cedar Rapids Fire Department, firefighters responded...
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Fire erupts at Circle of Ash, a popular Halloween haunt in Central City

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 20, 2020 - 12:50pm
Circle of Ash, a popular Halloween Haunt at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Central City, caught fire Friday resulting in some significant damage. According to the Linn County Sheriff’s...
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Iowa jobless rate drops to 3.6% in October

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 20, 2020 - 9:32am
DES MOINES — Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped by more than a percentage point last month as the state continued its economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic caused Gov. Kim...
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Clive man found dead in burning vehicle near Lake Macbride

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 20, 2020 - 9:01am
SOLON — A Clive man was found dead in a burning vehicle near Lake Macbride State Park on Sunday. According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to a vehicle...
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Cedar Rapids manufacturer In Tolerance receives $160,500 in state funding

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 20, 2020 - 8:24am
Iowa Economic Development Authority approved tax credits for In Tolerance Contract Manufacturing to build a “state-of-the-art automated anodize line” in Cedar Rapids. The project will...
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For one Cedar Rapids couple, a slow recovery after derecho, COVID-19

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 19, 2020 - 7:18pm
The Aug. 10 derecho toppled a tree that fell on top of William and Myrtle Ross’ mobile home in Cedar Rapids. It punched a hole through the kitchen’s roof. It tore off the home’s...
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Solon schools determined to keep kids in classrooms

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 19, 2020 - 7:16pm
SOLON — An anonymous group of parents is petitioning the Solon Community School District to join the increasing number of districts across the state seeking a waiver to move classes online...
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Iowa virus sleuths focus on household gatherings to try to trace COVID-19

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 19, 2020 - 6:12pm
JOHNSTON — With COVID-19 spreading through Iowa at record levels, state public health officials are focusing their work on what they see as a key culprit — household gatherings. Gov....
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Show us the real virus numbers, Gov. Reynolds

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 19, 2020 - 4:30pm
Incredibly, eight months into the coronavirus pandemic, the state’s data still lacks credibility. Last week, The Gazette’s Erin Jordan reported that the state’s calculations for...
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Questions over counting absentee ballots slows Iowa 2nd congressional district recount

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 19, 2020 - 4:21pm
DAVENPORT — Questions over how best to recount a large number of absentee ballots has stalled what has already been a slow-moving recount process in the Iowa 2nd Congressional District...
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Ashley Hinson seeks ‘real-world’ input as she prepares for congressional role

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 19, 2020 - 4:20pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Continuing a practice she started as a member of the Iowa Legislature, Congresswoman-elect Ashley Hinson is forming constituent advisory groups to give her...
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Demand is high for homes in Cedar Rapids, but the market is tight, made worse by the derecho

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 19, 2020 - 3:38pm
Marian Flink tells buyers to “run” when there’s a home at the right price and location. It might not be there for long. “If it’s priced right and in right condition...
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Iowa No. 1 in the nation on Election Day — for robocalls

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 19, 2020 - 3:35pm
Nearly 1.7 million Iowans voted in the 2020 election, which was the third-highest turnout rate in the nation, according to the United States Elections Project. Iowa, however, was No. 1 on Election...
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22-year-old Cedar Rapids man sentenced to 7 years for sexually abusing 12-year-old girl

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 19, 2020 - 3:23pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A 22-year-old Cedar Rapids man was convicted Thursday for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl and sentenced to up to 7 years in prison. Sixth Judicial District Judge Sean...
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Melissa’s Music Studio transitions to some online instruction for Corridor music lessons

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 19, 2020 - 3:20pm
Melissa Brobston started taking piano lessons from her grandmother — who lived just a mile away from her family’s farm in northwest Iowa — when she was in elementary school. She...
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