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Kennedy High to welcome back students Jan. 19 after derecho damage

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 6, 2021 - 5:54pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Teachers slowly are returning to Kennedy High School to teach virtually and ready their rooms for students to return for in-person instruction later this month, after the...
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Iowa Legislature to consider ‘parental choice’ in requiring schools in-person learning

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 6, 2021 - 5:23pm
Gov. Kim Reynolds is pushing for legislation requiring all school districts to offer a 100 percent in-person learning option. At a news conference last month, Reynolds indicated schools could be...
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Old Marion YMCA site could transform into new apartments

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 6, 2021 - 5:16pm
The site of the old YMCA in Marion could become the home of three new apartment buildings. Marion City Council at its Thursday meeting will vote on amending the future land-use map, the zoning...
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‘Disgraceful” attack on U.S. Capitol stuns allies

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 6, 2021 - 5:14pm
WASHINGTON — The world watched with dismay as a surreal scene at the U.S. Capitol, like little seen in its history, unfolded Wednesday. Rioters loyal to President Donald Trump burst through...
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Gazette editorial: Trump must go now

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 6, 2021 - 3:46pm
The irresponsible presidency of Donald Trump culminated in disgraceful mob violence Wednesday afternoon. Supporters of the president, unable to accept his defeat in November’s election,...
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Iowa congressional delegation safe as mob storms Senate chamber in Washington

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 6, 2021 - 1:36pm
Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, with his usual Capitol Police protective detail, was spirited off the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon as a pro-President Donald Trump mob stormed the...
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Shelter House, Iowa City team up to create street outreach and engagement position

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 6, 2021 - 1:25pm
IOWA CITY — If you know where to look, there are a wide range of services available to those experiencing homelessness in Iowa City. But, Christine Ralston, Shelter House’s director of...
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Iowa exceeds 4,000 COVID-19 deaths

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 6, 2021 - 1:23pm
More than 4,000 Iowans have died from COVID-19 since March, according to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health. Iowa added 61 new confirmed deaths in the pat 24-hour period ending at 11...
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University of Iowa Health Care has used vaccine allotment ‘within seven days’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 6, 2021 - 1:18pm
IOWA CITY — Although millions of distributed COVID-19 vaccine doses have yet to make it into American arms, University of Iowa Health Care has managed to use every dose it’s received...
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Iowa businesses express optimism for next six months

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 6, 2021 - 1:16pm
Leaders at 22 of Iowa’s largest employers are increasingly optimistic about the state’s economic outlook, according to a new survey from the Iowa Business Council. IBC’s...
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Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol, lawmakers evacuated

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 6, 2021 - 12:53pm
WASHINGTON — Angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power, forcing lawmakers to be...
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Pandemic impact on enrollment, achievement complicates Iowa school funding

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 6, 2021 - 12:37pm
There was a time when Iowa lawmakers took up funding for K-12 schools in the first month of each legislative session to highlight the priority Iowans place on education. That was changed a few years...
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Ingredion to lay off 35 workers in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 6, 2021 - 10:06am
Specialty ingredients company Ingredion will lay off 35 employees from its Cedar Rapids facility effective Feb. 4, according to a WARN notice filed with Iowa Workforce Development. The Cedar Rapids...
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Raphael Warnock makes history in Georgia with Senate win as Dems near majority

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 6, 2021 - 8:51am
ATLANTA — Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia’s two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state’s history and putting the Senate majority...
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New Year’s deaths in Urbana ruled a murder-suicide

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 6, 2021 - 7:41am
An Urbana man shot and killed his wife before fatally shooting himself on New Year’s Day, state authorities said. On January 1, the Urbana Police Department received a 911 call from...
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Iowa City woman accused of misappropriating nearly $75,000

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 6, 2021 - 6:25am
IOWA CITY — An Iowa City woman is accused of misappropriating nearly $75,000 over the course of a year. According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, between August 2019 and July 2020,...
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Mirrorbox Theatre expanding virtual play readings in 2021

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 5, 2021 - 8:47pm
A week after the pandemic shut down public outings in Eastern Iowa, Cavan Hallman, founder of Mirrorbox Theatre in Cedar Rapids, was setting the stage for a dramatic theatrical twist: livestreamed...
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Historic train depot to receive repairs in Marion after derecho

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 5, 2021 - 8:46pm
MARION — Marion’s train depot in City Square Park soon will be repaired after being heavily damaged in last August’s derecho. At its meeting Tuesday evening, the Marion City...
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Mount Vernon grad taking on new role as congressional chief of staff for Randy Feenstra

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 5, 2021 - 8:45pm
Fifteen years after spending an afternoon door-knocking with former Eastern Iowa U.S. Rep. Jim Leach, Matt Leopold is going to Congress. “I was I was struck by his character, his honesty, his...
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Iowa Statehouse ‘frustration’ greets regents’ budget

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 5, 2021 - 8:44pm
Iowa lawmakers for years have refused to fund the Board of Regents’ full appropriations requests — at times delivering debilitating cuts instead — even as the public universities...
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