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Iowa law graduates fight in-person bar exams

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 27, 2020 - 11:34pm
IOWA CITY — Dozens of University of Iowa and Drake University 2020 law school graduates are converging in Des Moines this week — some reluctantly — for a two-day, in-person bar...
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Cedar Rapids to spend at least $1,000 to clean chalk off City Hall

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 27, 2020 - 11:17pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The city of Cedar Rapids has spent $1,063.27 so far to clean graffiti off City Hall from an Advocates for Social Justice protest on July 18, city Finance Director Casey Drew...
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Judge sides with Cedar Rapids in lawsuit challenging Cargill’s rail yard plans

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 27, 2020 - 11:09pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Contentious plans for Cargill, a major Cedar Rapids employer, to build a $6.5 million rail yard in the Rompot neighborhood remain in limbo. A judge ruled in one lawsuit filed...
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Trump, GOP groups intervene in challenge to Iowa absentee ballot request law

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 27, 2020 - 5:50pm
President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and other Republican groups are intervening in a lawsuit they say could weaken Iowa’s protections on absentee voting. The lawsuit, brought...
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Time Machine: ‘A Field of Dreams’ revived Shoeless Joe Jackson’s tarnished image

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 27, 2020 - 5:31pm
Shoeless Joe Jackson’s nickname came from his time playing baseball for Greenville in the Carolina Association. He had a sore heel and kicked off his shoes to play in his stockings. The...
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Iowa City’s Riverside Theatre moving Shakespeare from park to virtual stage

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 27, 2020 - 5:14pm
To be or not to be staging free Shakespeare in the Park this summer? That is the question that has been vexing Riverside Theatre in Iowa City since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down its season in...
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Marion’s Uptown Getdown still is happening this year, but it’s a touring event to limit crowds

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 27, 2020 - 4:16pm
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Marion’s Uptown Getdown will be going on the road in August in hopes of playing to smaller crowds. During this year’s event, called “Uptown...
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Iowa’s medical, health care organizations ask for statewide mask mandate

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 27, 2020 - 3:43pm
Coalitions representing thousands of Iowa’s health care providers have sent a letter to Gov. Kim Reynolds asking her to issue a statewide face mask mandate for all Iowans. In the letter sent...
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Iowa has spent $2.4 billion in federal COVID-19 aid

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 27, 2020 - 3:36pm
State agencies in Iowa have spent about 60 percent of their federal coronavirus-related funds, with Iowa Workforce Development accounting for the lion’s share of those expenditures. So far,...
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Linn County supervisors discuss issuing a face-mask mandate

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 27, 2020 - 1:42pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Linn County Board of Supervisors is considering issuing a proclamation to require face masks within the county — and may be asking mayors to sign on. The discussion...
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Coronavirus hospitalizations at highest point since June 10

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 27, 2020 - 12:56pm
The number of Iowans hospitalized for the novel coronavirus hit 241 by 11 a.m. Monday, the highest number since 242 people were hospitalized on June 10. Patients in intensive care units also rose...
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What happened in Portland could happen in Iowa City or Des Moines, too

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 27, 2020 - 12:52pm
Americans have been dismayed to see “secret police” snatching up political dissidents off the street and threatening to shoot would-be interveners. That’s what happened in...
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C.R. School Board: Gov. Reynolds’ plan puts students and staff at risk

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 27, 2020 - 12:13pm
Schools across the state are currently being asked to bring some sense of “normalcy” back to our children and our families. The Cedar Rapids Community School District is among the...
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Cedar Rapids man lured 12-year-old girl to southeast residence and sexually abused her, police say

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 27, 2020 - 12:11pm
A 22-year-old Cedar Rapids man was arrested Thursday after a 12-year-old girl reported he had sexually abused her at a residence in southeast Cedar Rapids. According to the criminal complaint, the...
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19-year-old Cedar Rapids man accused of sexually abusing seven-year-old girl for two years

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 27, 2020 - 12:04pm
Police arrested a 19-year-old Cedar Rapids man Friday after a seven-year-old girl reported he had sexually abused her over the course of two years. According to the criminal complaint, the girl told...
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Eastern Iowa Airport to begin requiring masks Tuesday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 27, 2020 - 11:03am
Eastern Iowa Airport will require anyone in the airport terminal to wear face coverings starting Tuesday, the airport commission unanimously decided Monday morning. There are exemptions for...
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More than half of Iowa health care providers unhappy with private Medicaid management, state auditor’s survey says

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 27, 2020 - 10:01am
DES MOINES — More than half of Iowa health care providers who responded to a survey from the state auditor said privatized Medicaid management has not led to a better quality of health care or...
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Ernst doesn’t really care about campaign cash

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 27, 2020 - 9:03am
Iowa Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield has pledged, frequently, she won’t take “one dime” of corporate PAC money to fund her campaign. That helped her earn the...
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Reynolds’ order on felon voting rights won’t end debate

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 26, 2020 - 10:33pm
As they await Gov. Kim Reynolds’ promised executive order on restoring felon voting rights, key Iowa legislators doubt she’ll have the last word on the issue. “We’re...
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Ernst campaign asks why Greenfield ‘scrubbed’ job experience from website

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 26, 2020 - 10:21pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa Republicans and Sen. Joni Ernst’s campaign have been painting Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield as unfriendly to small business. Now Ernst’s campaign...
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