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Gov. Reynolds to address Iowans at 6 p.m. about COVID-19. Watch it here

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 10:25am
DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds plans to make a live address to Iowans at 6:05 p.m. today about the worsening coronavirus trends in the state. According to the governor’s office, the...
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Embracing the arts in Iowa City area as true community-building organizations

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 9:44am
Andre Perry doesn’t mince words when it comes to describing the need for centers like The Englert and FilmScene in downtown Iowa City. “We’re arts organizations, but, at our core,...
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Dr. Anthony Fauci says Moderna’s 94.5%-effective vaccine is ‘impressive’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 16, 2020 - 6:58am
WASHINGTON — The United States’ top infectious disease expert says news from Moderna that its COVID-19 vaccine candidate is 94.5% effective “is really quite impressive.”...
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Poll workers contract virus, but Election Day link unclear

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 15, 2020 - 11:46pm
Despite painstaking efforts to keep election sites safe, some poll workers who came in contact with voters, including one in Cedar Rapids, have tested positive for the coronavirus. More than two...
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Coralville takes steps to create police advisory board

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 15, 2020 - 11:26pm
CORALVILLE — A city board designed to analyze police data and help residents address issues of biased policing or racial profiling could soon be a reality in Coralville. The City Council last...
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Iowa universities plugging holes in massive transition to online

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 15, 2020 - 11:16pm
Iowa’s public universities made the monumental shift last spring to predominantly virtual and hybrid learning impressively, but Board of Regents auditors have identified some holes —...
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Former Iowa U.S. Sen. Roger Jepsen dies at 91

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 15, 2020 - 7:23pm
BETTENDORF, Iowa — Former U.S. Sen. Roger Jepsen, who represented Iowa in Washington, D.C., in the early 1980s, has died. The 91-year-old Republican died Friday at a hospice in Bettendorf,...
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Correction: Trial for 18-year-old accused of robbery reset to February

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 15, 2020 - 3:57pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — An 18-year-old Cedar Rapids man, previously convicted of two carjackings at age 15, decided not to plead last week to charges in a third carjacking. The Gazette incorrectly...
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Iowa COVID-19 hospitalizations set records again

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 15, 2020 - 3:48pm
The number of patients being treated in Iowa hospitals for the COVID-19 respiratory disease continued to trend in the wrong direction Sunday, with record numbers of people admitted, placed in...
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First-term legislator Zach Wahls to lead Iowa Senate Democrats

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 15, 2020 - 2:58pm
Iowa Senate Democrats have elected first-term Sen. Zach Wahls of Coralville to be their minority leader in the 2021 session. Wahls, a credit union vice president, said the 18-member Senate caucus...
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Vacant downtown office space could ‘spike’ as demand slumps during coronavirus pandemic

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 15, 2020 - 8:43am
As many businesses reach the eight-month mark of working predominantly from home, Cedar Rapids’ commercial office market is feeling the impact. Scott Olson, a commercial real estate broker and...
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Iowa Democrats ran good candidates, campaigns, ‘but came up short,’ leader says

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 14, 2020 - 6:28pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Despite losing six seats in an election when they were expected to make gains, perhaps, even win control of the Iowa House, Democrats re-elected Minority Leader Todd Prichard...
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Mental health worries mount on Iowa’s public campuses

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 14, 2020 - 3:31pm
As a senior at Hoover High School last spring in Des Moines, Annika Baker was supposed to play the lead as Elle in her school production of “Legally Blonde,” the musical. But COVID-19...
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Iowa continues to mark high hospitalizations due to coronavirus

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 14, 2020 - 1:43pm
Iowa saw its seventh day in a row of record hospitalizations connected to the novel coronavirus for the 24-hour period as of 11 a.m. Saturday. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 1,261...
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Since derecho, Cedar Rapids has seen 8 debris fires, most intentionally set

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 13, 2020 - 7:15pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Since the Aug. 10 derecho, Cedar Rapids firefighters have been called to eight fires involving storm debris, all of them intentionally or accidentally set by...
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Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Rita Hart both attend orientation for new U.S. House members

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 13, 2020 - 6:03pm
With just a few dozen votes still separating them and a districtwide recount pending, both candidates in Iowa’s still-too-close-to-call 2nd Congressional District prepared for the possibility...
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Labor, civil rights groups charge Iowa OSHA failed to protect workers

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 13, 2020 - 6:01pm
Eight Iowa labor and civil rights groups have filed a federal complaint Friday alleging the state has failed to protect workers during the pandemic in meatpacking, dairy, construction,...
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GreenState Credit Union won’t reopen Hiawatha branch

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 13, 2020 - 5:52pm
GreenState Credit Union will not reopen its Hiawatha branch, which suffered significant roof damage from the Aug. 10 derecho, Executive Vice President Jim Kelly said. Kelly cited “cost...
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Black-owned business vendor event scheduled for NewBo City Market Saturday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 13, 2020 - 4:35pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Black business owners will offer a range of products and services Saturday at the second Black-owned Business Guest Vendor Market. The event at NewBo City Market in Cedar...
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History Center explores Iowa’s Civil Rights history as a mix of milestones and discrimination

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 13, 2020 - 4:33pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — For every civil rights milestone we celebrate, there is a history of oppression that made it necessary. That’s one of the messages of “Exhibiting Bias,” a...
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