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Iowa sees surge in drivers going over 100 mph

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 7:23pm
DES MOINES — Perhaps feeling empowered by fewer cars on the road during the coronavirus pandemic, or by the misguided belief that patrol cars were quarantined, excessive speeding on Iowa...
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Head to Columbia, Mo., for a socially distanced travel adventure

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 6:53pm
For anyone who loves to travel, the COVID-19 quarantine has been especially frustrating. Now that restrictions are easing, my husband and I wanted an easy-to-reach destination that offers a variety...
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Fire up the grill and make turkey kefta kebabs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 6:43pm
Oh the joys of summer. Cities are semi opening up. You hear all the sounds of summer: The buzz of your neighbor’s lawn mower, children laughing as they ride bikes and run up and down the block...
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Black stereotypes have long been used to sell products. This Iowa City collector has more than 1,300.

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 6:37pm
IOWA CITY — African American stereotypes have been used to sell food, cleaning products and other household goods for more than a century, with some of the most successful brands —...
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Racist taunts target Black Iowa high school baseball player

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 5:53pm
CHARLES CITY — Jeremiah Chapman is used to run-of-the-mill trash talk that comes with the territory of playing an away game. A four-sport athlete who just finished his junior year at Charles...
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Cedar Rapids protesters plan Black Freedom Rally Friday afternoon

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 5:48pm
The group leading Black Lives Matter protests and pushing for police reform in Cedar Rapids is organizing another rally Friday to call for an end to systemic racism as city officials and protest...
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Iowa Economic Recovery Advisory Board eyes rural broadband as key issue in second meeting

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 5:33pm
The lack of broadband access for rural Iowans took the spotlight Thursday in Gov. Kim Reynolds’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board’s second meeting. The challenge facing many rural...
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Fort Dodge prison inmate has COVID-19

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 5:29pm
FORT DODGE — An inmate at an Iowa prison in Fort Dodge has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The inmate is a male adult under the age of 40 and has been in medical isolation since...
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Naturalization ceremonies in Iowa resume with a little less ceremony to follow coronavirus social distance guidelines

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 5:28pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The first naturalization ceremony in Eastern Iowa since the outbreak of the coronavirus will take place this month at the U.S. Northern District Courthouse in Cedar...
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Iowa-developed mice used to test coronavirus therapies

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 5:26pm
IOWA CITY — As medical researchers worldwide began to study COVID-19 to try and develop a vaccine or other therapies to blunt the deadly disease, they soon realized common lab mice...
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Shot fired during residential robbery in Iowa City

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 3:59pm
The Iowa City Police Department is investigating after three masked men robbed an Iowa City apartment Thursday around noon. According to an Iowa City Police, police responded at 12:23 p.m. to a...
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Sen. Chuck Grassley not giving up on police, prescription drug reforms

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 3:41pm
Although he’s disappointed by what he sees as a lack of cooperation from Senate Democrats on bipartisan prescription drug and police reforms, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said he hasn’t...
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Change can’t wait: Police review board is an urgent need in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 2:55pm
Amid mass protests in support of law enforcement reform and racial equity, the Cedar Rapids City Council last month approved a resolution committing to making changes to the city’s police...
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When American rebels vandalized King George’s statue, loyalists snitched on them

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 2:32pm
Racial justice protesters have turned their sights toward problematic statues, and people are mad about it. Monuments dedicated to Confederate leaders, slavers and other historic figures have been...
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Black Iowans have been denied right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 2:18pm
The Declaration of Independence, signed 244 years ago this weekend, purports to be a model for people seeking to free themselves from tyranny. But nearly two and a half centuries later, this is not...
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The University of Iowa is ignoring faculty input in budget decisions

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 2:12pm
The University of Iowa’s response to pandemic-related budget cuts places the fiscal tail in charge of wagging the educational dog. Though cuts are necessary, university administrators seem...
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Test Iowa sites closed for holiday, 675 new positive cases

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 1:40pm
Test Iowa sites will be closed tomorrow in observance of Independence Day, according to the Iowa Emergency Management Association. Meanwhile, 675 new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported within...
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Fake real estate and now a fake recovery

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 1:18pm
It’s been just a year since Gov. Kim Reynolds’ administration set up a fake real estate office in Manhattan, hoping to lure New Yorkers to Iowa with the promise of cheap...
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Iowans need clearer back-to-school guidance

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 11:19am
Last week, the Iowa Department of Education released their guidance for schools hoping to reopen in the fall. What is significant about the plan is what it doesn’t include. It does not...
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Gov. Kim Reynolds sends $490 million in CARES Act money to Unemployment Trust Fund

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 11:02am
Gov. Kim Reynolds directed $490 million in funding from the CARES Act to Iowa’s Unemployment Trust Fund Thursday morning. The move prevents the state from running out of funds for unemployed...
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