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Title IX lawsuit ongoing despite University of Iowa about-face on women’s swimming cut

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 16, 2021 - 12:02pm
IOWA CITY — Although University of Iowa Athletics on Monday reversed its decision to eliminate women’s swimming and diving after this season — following a court order requiring...
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Put on pause, some Iowa counties will be more vaccines after all

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 15, 2021 - 9:55pm
DES MOINES — Iowa health officials have modified a decision they made last week to withhold COVID-19 vaccines from some counties that were reported as not having used up to 80 percent of their...
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Time Machine: Andrew Hankins, University of Iowa basketball player, was first Black man to pledge white fraternity — before he was de-pledged in 1961

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 15, 2021 - 8:10pm
Dr. Andrew Jay Hankins is retired now. He lives in the Detroit area, but for four years, from 1961 to 1964, he lived in Iowa City while he attended the University of Iowa on a basketball...
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Iowa lawmakers eye public university ‘public policy events’ directors

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 15, 2021 - 7:59pm
Addressing Republican notions that Iowa’s public universities are liberal-leaning, more often promote Democratic views and recently have quashed conservative voices, lawmakers are pursuing a...
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Democrats pushing ahead on Iowa recount reform

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 15, 2021 - 7:11pm
State Democratic lawmakers plan to push forward a bipartisan proposal to reform Iowa’s election recount process in the wake of issues that arose in Iowa’s historically close U.S. House...
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Carlin calls for election reforms as he enters race for U.S. Senate, potential matchup with Grassley

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 15, 2021 - 7:11pm
SERGEANT BLUFF — As he formally jumped into the race for the U.S. Senate seat Monday, Jim Carlin cited his career as a soldier, trial lawyer and state senator in which he repeatedly fought...
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Iowa broadband gets boost but no more money — yet

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 15, 2021 - 7:10pm
DES MOINES — A five-member Senate Commerce panel on Monday advanced the “foundation” language — but no funding — for Gov. Kim Reynolds’ priority $450 million...
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Iowa City dancer, 13, earns spot in prestigious summer programs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 15, 2021 - 6:00pm
If Orlando Barragan of Iowa City hadn’t wanted to study ballet, his parents — instructors Sarah and Eloy Barragan — would have been fine with that. He still would have grown up...
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Eastern Iowa shivers as cold extends even deep into Texas

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 15, 2021 - 6:00pm
As parts of the Corridor endured their fifth day in a row of high temperatures at or below zero, the state’s largest utilities asked customers Monday to reduce their use of natural gas because...
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East Marion development changes name to East Town Crossing

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 15, 2021 - 5:53pm
MARION — A large mixed-use development in east Marion, formerly known as Squaw Creek Crossing, has changed its name. The development, now known as East Town Crossing, follows efforts to remove...
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Linn County seeks public input through climate action survey

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 15, 2021 - 4:53pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Linn County announced Monday that it is seeking public input on climate change and action. A survey, available on the county website, is designed to understand how residents...
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University of Iowa to reinstate women’s swimming and diving, but not cut men’s sports

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 15, 2021 - 4:00pm
IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa is fully reinstating its women’s swimming and diving team after a federal judge in December found athletes had a “fair chance” of...
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Iowa senators propose new scrutiny for public aid recipients

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 15, 2021 - 3:31pm
DES MOINES — Majority Republicans in the Iowa Senate indicated Monday they would like to take another run at requiring Iowans who are receiving public assistance benefits to undergo more...
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Marion Uptown Market to be held at new location this summer

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 15, 2021 - 3:12pm
MARION — As Iowans face freezing temperatures this week, the Marion Chamber of Commerce is planning for the warmer months ahead. The Uptown Marion Market, held in the summer and fall, now is...
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After Iowa State syllabus controversy, legislation would make universities post course info online

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 15, 2021 - 3:10pm
Continuing fallout from an Iowa State University syllabus last fall barring students from choosing paper or project topics opposing things like gay marriage, abortion, and Black Lives Matter,...
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Cedar Rapids school board to fill vacant seat by appointment

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 15, 2021 - 2:50pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids school board Monday voted to appoint a new member to fill the seat left vacant by Gary Anhalt, who died unexpectedly this month. The appointed board member...
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Bill would create possibility of parole for Class A felons in Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 15, 2021 - 12:52pm
DES MOINES — Rep. Dustin Hite says he usually knows where he stands on a bill after reading it. However, after reading House File 377 and hearing nearly an hour of sometimes emotional comments...
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Iowa DNR rolls out smartphone-based body cameras for conservation officers and park rangers

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 14, 2021 - 10:50pm
After years of planning, research and testing, conservation officers and park rangers with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources have been outfitted with a body-worn camera and trained how to use...
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Capitol Ideas column: High demand for COVID-19 vaccine is great news; now about that supply

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 14, 2021 - 10:16pm
Supply and demand is an economic principle that is as basic as they come. And it’s what we’re all dealing with during the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines: There is a lot of demand for...
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Cedar Rapids sees spike in 2020 arsons Molotov cocktails, derecho debris fires drive surge

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 14, 2021 - 10:05pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A spate of fires set by tossing Molotov cocktails and intentionally setting piles of derecho debris ablaze led to a spike last year in arsons — a crime that’s...
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