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Thursday Morning Read: Medicaid denials impact UIHC, principal candidate in town, Meyer testifies

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 20, 2017 - 6:30am
MEDICAID DENIALS IMPACT UIHC — Iowa’s biggest and most-profitable hospital is lowering by more than half its operating income projections for 2017 and signaling a possible shift in...
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Iowa House Oks budget that defunds Planned Parenthood

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 19, 2017 - 9:00pm
DES MOINES — A $1.766 billion health and human services budget adopted Wednesday by the House is less than this year and drops funding for health clinics that also offer abortions —...
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Washington High’s likely next principal meets with parents, staff

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 19, 2017 - 8:23pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The likely new principal of Washington High School met with about 50 parents and teachers Wednesday night, days before his hire is put to the Cedar Rapids school board. John...
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Iowa Senate passes funding plan for water quality

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 19, 2017 - 8:00pm
DES MOINES — The Senate agreed Wednesday to pump up to $50 million annually into water-quality improvements through 2029 after turning back an effort to raise a constitutionally protected...
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Iowa Senate refuses to confirm 2 Branstad appointees

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 19, 2017 - 7:55pm
DES MOINES — Two of Gov. Terry Branstad’s reappointments to the Iowa Board of Medicine were denied new terms Wednesday by 18 Democrats who withheld support over a 2013 board vote to ban...
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Jane Meyer has first day of testimony in trial alleging gender and sexual orientation discrimination by UI

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 19, 2017 - 7:44pm
DES MOINES — After spending about 45 minutes describing her career timeline, Jane Meyer cited something likely to be a focal point through the rest of the trial for the lawsuit she has brought...
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University of Iowa hospitals raise alarm over Medicaid managed care denials

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 19, 2017 - 6:22pm
Iowa’s biggest and most-profitable hospital is lowering by more than half its operating income projections for 2017 and signaling a possible shift in strategy thanks to a sharp increase in...
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Ernst airs concern over Trump’s Florida trips

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 19, 2017 - 5:09pm
Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst said at a town-hall meeting this week in northwest Iowa that President Donald Trump has “a number of flaws” and should spend more time in Washington,...
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Iowa Fertilizer Co. starts production in Lee County

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 19, 2017 - 4:35pm
A multibillion-dollar fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa is open and has started production five years after it was announced. Iowa Fertilizer Co. said Wednesday it has finished construction and...
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Linn County officials talk about “power of one, many” at luncheon

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 19, 2017 - 3:59pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Linn County Supervisor Brent Oleson talked about the power of each of the county’s nearly 220,000 residents during the annual State of Linn County luncheon, while citing...
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Should Iowa change its interstate speed limit?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 19, 2017 - 3:43pm
Driving across the newly constructed interstate system in a brightly colored Thunderbird before the days when cruise control was a common feature, an Iowan in the late 1950s and early 1960s could go...
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Supreme Court appears ready to break down a church-state barrier in certain circumstances

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 19, 2017 - 3:28pm
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared ready to break down at least part of the longstanding church-state barrier that has prevented religious schools from receiving public...
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New trend is literally garbage

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 19, 2017 - 2:57pm
Flour milled from discarded coffee fruit. Chips made from juice pulp. Vodka distilled from strawberries that nobody seems to want. At one point not so long ago, such waste-based products were...
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Former Iowa regent spokesperson sues board for age, gender discrimination

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 19, 2017 - 1:26pm
A former longtime spokeswoman for the Board of Regents is suing her past employer, accusing the board of age and gender discrimination and of paying her less because she’s a woman. Sheila...
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Iowa City, University of Iowa police to combine special response teams

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 19, 2017 - 1:16pm
IOWA CITY — The Iowa City and University of Iowa police departments are combining their special response teams. The Iowa City Council on Tuesday approved a new 28E agreement between the two...
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My Biz: Iowa Youth Writing Project helps youth find ‘their voice’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 19, 2017 - 1:04pm
Mallory Hellman feels very lucky to have pretty much found her dream job before hitting her 30th birthday. Hellman, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, serves as the...
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Fox News fires Bill O’Reilly amid sexual harassment storm

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 19, 2017 - 12:57pm
LOS ANGELES — In a shocking reversal of fortune for one of the most prominent voices in TV news, Bill O’Reilly has been ousted from Fox News Channel amid the firestorm over sexual...
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LIVE COVERAGE: Jane Meyer trial continues in Des Moines

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 19, 2017 - 11:00am
Jane Meyer, a former University of Iowa associate athletics director who worked for the department from 2001 to 2014, is suing her former employer for gender and sexual orientation discrimination, as...
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Cedar Rapids exploring restaurants, retail, recreation at future pump station

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 19, 2017 - 10:12am
CEDAR RAPIDS — City officials are seeking public feedback on how to best design a pump station that is going to be part of the flood control system near the Eighth Avenue Bridge. The pump...
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Pence says working with allies to put pressure on North Korea

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 19, 2017 - 9:42am
TOKYO — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday that Washington would work with its allies and China to put economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea but added that America...
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