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Hiawatha man charged in death of mother will claim insanity, self-defense at trial

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 3:09pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Hiawatha man accused of killing his 56-year-old mother by shoving a rotten apple down her throat will claim diminished responsibility/insanity and self-defense at trial....
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Eroding revenue creates $131 million Iowa budget shortfall

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 1:14pm
DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad and GOP lawmakers are looking to temporarily tap Iowa’s cash reserves to cover a projected state budget shortfall of $131.1 million brought on Tuesday...
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Iowa City police: Burglaries fueling recent gun crimes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 1:01pm
IOWA CITY — Iowa City police are asking gun owners to properly secure their firearms in light of recent gun-related crimes authorities believe are being fueled by residential and vehicular...
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Jerime Mitchell and wife sue Cedar Rapids, officer

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 12:10pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Jerime Mitchell and his wife are suing Cedar Rapids police Officer Lucas Jones and the city over a Nov. 1 traffic stop shooting that left Mitchell paralyzed. According to the...
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Marion woman found with heroin in bra at jail

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 11:50am
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Marion woman booked at the Linn County Jail was found with heroin in her bra, authorities said. According to the Linn County Attorney’s Office, on Monday, 22-year-old...
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Alliant Energy announces plan for 10 to 12 percent rate increases

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 11:27am
CEDAR RAPIDS — 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, the...
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Pat Grassley proposes capping Iowa tax credits

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 10:57am
DES MOINES — A week after hearing a presentation on state’s $426 million tax credit liability, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Grassley has introduced legislation to reduce...
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Cedar Rapids ranked fourth-best St. Patrick’s Day city in U.S.

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 10:17am
Cedar Rapids is the fourth-best city in the United States for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, according to the Web site WalletHub. Buffalo, N.Y. was the top-rated city for St. Patrick’s...
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Leukemia and Lymphoma Society kicks off annual fundraising campaign

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 9:31am
IOWA CITY — It wasn’t until her 10-year-old was diagnosed with leukemia that Brianna Wills got involved with the Eastern Iowa chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Now, Wills...
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League of Women Voters takes exception to lawmaker’s use of testimony to support voter ID proposal

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 8:42am
DES MOINES — A local leader with the League of Women Voters in Iowa is upset that a state lawmaker is using her written testimony to justify legislation that would make changes to the...
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Sanders and Manchin, at opposite ends of Senate caucus, lash out at Affordable Care Act replacement

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 8:34am
WASHINGTON — Monday night, after the Congressional Budget Office’s score of the American Health Care Act was released, senators walked on and off the floor for their only votes of the day...
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Tuesday Morning Read: Iowa’s U.S. Attorney out, gun bill conflicts, store touts medical marijuana

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 14, 2017 - 6:31am
U.S. ATTORNEY OFFICIALLY OUT — An Iowa City native who for the last three years directed federal prosecutions in a district encompassing more than half of Iowa’s counties resigned late...
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Bill on asbestos compensation sent to governor

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 13, 2017 - 7:08pm
DES MOINES — A bill supporters said would prioritize the cases of people who have the “terrible misfortune” of suffering from an asbestos-related illness was described by critics...
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Iowa Politics Today: Branstad mum on signing bill nullifying county level wage raises

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 13, 2017 - 7:07pm
A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Monday, March 13, 2017: VOTER EDUCATOR: Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is the winner of the National State Boards of Education Award...
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More Iowa water-quality projects underway

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 13, 2017 - 6:06pm
DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad announced 12 new urban conservation projects Monday he and others said are examples of the kind of progress needed to develop best practices that ultimately...
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King’s immigration tweet draws widespread condemnation

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 13, 2017 - 5:40pm
Although Northwest Iowa’s U.S. Rep. Steve King on Monday stood behind controversial comments on immigration he made on Twitter, Republicans and Democrats alike took umbrage at the remarks they...
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Voter ID bill could raise Linn County property taxes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 13, 2017 - 5:40pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A bill that would require voters to provide identification cards to cast ballots could cost Linn County residents more on their property taxes next year. Linn County Auditor...
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Supervisors: Iowa gun bill conflicts with firearm bans at county buildings

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 13, 2017 - 4:24pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — County officials say a bill in the Iowa Statehouse could open a floodgate of lawsuits against local gun bans at county courthouses and administration buildings. House File 517,...
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Northern Iowa District’s Kevin Techau out as part of 46 U.S. Attorney resignations

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 13, 2017 - 3:17pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — U.S. Attorney Kevin Techau of the Northern District of Iowa has resigned, one of the 46 U.S. attorneys across the nation who were holdovers from the Obama administration who...
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Head of Iowa child-welfare system responds to criticism that resources are insufficient

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 13, 2017 - 3:02pm
DES MOINES — The head of the state’s child welfare bureau defended the agency Monday against criticisms that case managers are overworked and understaffed — conditions...
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