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7-year-old boy dies after run over in Iowa school parking lot

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 17, 2020 - 8:36am
WOODWARD, Iowa — A 7-year-old boy died after being hit by a vehicle in a central Iowa school parking lot, authorities there said. The accident happened around 3:45 p.m. Monday in the parking...
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Chuck Grassley exposed to COVID-19, will quarantine

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 17, 2020 - 8:13am
DES MOINES — Iowa U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says he has been exposed to COVID-19. “I learned today that I’ve been exposed to the coronavirus,” said Grassley in a statement....
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2 Iowa inmates die; deaths attributed to COVID-19

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 7:41pm
DES MOINES — Officials with the state Department of Corrections announced Monday that two prison inmates have died, likely due to complications related to COVID-19 and other preexisting...
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Cedar Rapids comic pleads to taking over $123,000 in disability benefits while employed

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 6:59pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A local stand-up comic and former weight-loss products salesman, who touted his BMW and “financial stability” on social media, pleaded guilty last week to federal...
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Cedar Rapids urges judges, lawmakers to act to curb disturbances from fireworks

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 6:56pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — City officials are looking to the courts and to state lawmakers to act on a sharp uptick in calls for service to Cedar Rapids public safety departments regarding...
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Rita Hart campaign outlines next steps in Iowa 2nd Congressional District recount

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 5:57pm
In the coming days, representatives chosen by the campaigns in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District will review tens of thousands of ballots cast in the still-too-close-to-call U.S. House...
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‘Uncontrollable community spread’ of coronavirus needs to get under control for Cedar Rapids students to return in-person

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 5:22pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Fewer staff absences, a health care system that is not strained and getting the coronavirus spread under control in Linn County are three things the Cedar Rapids Community...
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Cornell College enacts strict rules amid COVID-19 uptick

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 4:46pm
Given a surge in COVID-19 cases in the community around it, and a corresponding uptick on campus, Mount Vernon’s Cornell College is imposing new student, faculty and staff restrictions...
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Man killed after being hit by vehicle in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 4:17pm
A man struck by a vehicle last Friday in Cedar Rapids has died. According to a media release from the Cedar Rapids Police Department, Patrick James Morrissey, 61, died in the early morning hours...
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As surge continues, UIHC considers further steps to meet COVID-19 demand

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 3:34pm
If Iowa continues on its trend of unprecedented growth in COVID-19 cases, the state’s largest hospital is preparing to reduce more scheduled procedures — even those that are considered...
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Iowa can save lives and the economy

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 3:18pm
I am glad to be an American citizen and proud of my country’s aspirations for social justice, health and education for all. While we do not all agree on how to achieve these ends, I dream of...
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Riverside Theatre co-founder returns to star in theater’s virtual production

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 2:17pm
Jody Hovland has come full circle. As a co-founder of Riverside Theatre in Iowa City, she envied the guest actors who would say they slept late, put on a pot of coffee, went for a run, took a nap,...
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Time Machine: The history of Iowa’s first Thanksgiving(s)

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 2:10pm
Iowa’s first territorial Thanksgiving is generally believed to have been proclaimed by Gov. Robert Lucas, who served from 1838 to 1841. The holiday’s celebration was common in New...
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Texas workers say they haven’t been paid for Cedar Rapids construction work after derecho

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 1:40pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Texas workers who came to Cedar Rapids to help with construction after the August derecho say they haven’t been paid by a contractor for nearly a month. “These...
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Linn County Board of Health approves mask regulation requiring face masks in public

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 1:34pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Linn County Board of Health on Monday unanimously voted in favor of a regulation requiring face masks be worn in public. The regulation calls for people living in or...
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Iowa State reports another 324 COVID-19 cases, adding 690 in two weeks

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 1:31pm
Iowa State University on Monday reported another batch of new campus COVID-19 cases topping 300 for the second week in a row, after the campus went more than a month through September and into...
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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Iowa have more than doubled since Nov. 1

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 1:27pm
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Iowa have more than doubled since Nov. 1 as cases continue to surge at a record-breaking pace. According to data from the Iowa Department of Health, 1,392 people...
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CSPS launches national search for executive director

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 1:03pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — CSPS has launched a national search to hire a permanent executive director, CSPS board chair Matthew Steele said in an email to supporters Monday. Local search firm Skywalk...
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Watch live chat: How UIHC is handling the latest surge of COVID-19 cases

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 12:29pm
As COVID-10 hospitalizations continue to rise in Iowa, hospitals are trying to cope with the surge in cases and patients. Watch this Facebook Live chat in the video player above featuring University...
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Iowa issues emergency request for COVID contact tracing aid

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 11:46am
State public health officials have released an emergency request for a vendor to aid in contact tracing as Iowa grapples with a major surge of new COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks. On Monday,...
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