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Man dead, woman hospitalized after Cedar Rapids shooting

September 17, 2017 - 6:32am
CEDAR RAPIDS — A man is dead and a woman is in a hospital following a shooting in Cedar Rapids Saturday evening. The shooting does not appear to be random, police said. Police have not...
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Police search for suspect in Collins Community Credit Union robbery

September 16, 2017 - 7:44pm
The Collins Community Credit Union inside the Wilson Avenue Hy-Vee reports they were robbed by an unknown man at around 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the Cedar Rapids Police Department. According to...
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Iowa author uses Cedar Rapids as backdrop in collection

September 16, 2017 - 11:07am
Keith Lesmeister, who grew up in Cedar Rapids and now lives in Decorah and teaches at Luther College and Northeast Iowa Community College, has penned a collection of short stories set in Iowa....
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Author Profile: Cedar Rapids native says fears, hard work drive his stories

September 16, 2017 - 11:04am
Cedar Rapids serves as the setting for a number of Keith Lesmeister’s short stories in his debut collection, “We Could’ve Been Happy Here.” In this e-interview,...
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Iowa City Public Library’s Intellectual Freedom Festival highlights banned children’s books

September 16, 2017 - 10:55am
IOWA CITY — The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate freedom of thought and expression this week with its annual 2017 Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival, which begins today. The...
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Key Iowa property tax reform commitment now on chopping block

September 16, 2017 - 10:45am
DES MOINES — When Iowa lawmakers passed a massive commercial property tax cut in 2013, they promised to backfill city and county coffers to partially compensate for the loss of revenue used to...
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Iowa City re-entry program helps former inmates make the transition from prison to the outside world

September 16, 2017 - 10:44am
IOWA CITY — Craig Rockenbach has decided to better himself. Rockenbach, 37, of Iowa City, is a habitual offender who most recently spent 27 months in prison after being sentenced in 2016 for...
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Retiring employee shaped Iowa City affordable housing policy

September 16, 2017 - 10:43am
Doug Boothroy retired last week after 42 years of working for the city of Iowa City, with most of his career spent leading Housing Inspection Services. This department, which in 2014 merged into...
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News Track: Anamosa lawmaker seeks alternative to ending bottle bill

September 16, 2017 - 10:42am
BACKGROUND Folks around the Iowa Capitol joke that it’s not an official legislative session if there’s not a discussion of the four-decade old bottle bill. The 2017 session was no...
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Mount Vernon and Lisbon hosting first ever Restaurant Week

September 16, 2017 - 10:36am
Joe Jennison wants to welcome you to some of his favorite tables. The director of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group, he is enthusiastically promoting the first ever Mount Vernon and...
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Belmont Hill Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Cedar Rapids marks 20 years

September 16, 2017 - 8:27am
Step into Belmont Hill and you’re stepping into Cedar Rapids history. Ken and Shelley Sullens have run a bed-and-breakfast in this historic home tucked into a quiet northwest-side neighborhood...
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Iowa Democrats take a victory lap

September 16, 2017 - 8:18am
Another round of election results came in, and once more Iowa Democrats proclaimed a foreshadowing victory. Local school board elections were held across the state Tuesday, and the next day the Iowa...
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Time Machine: Cedar Rapids factory produced variety of goods before its demolition in 1997

September 16, 2017 - 8:10am
George A. Ohler manufactured furniture — and caskets — at a factory at Washington and Benton streets on the east side of the Cedar River in downtown Cedar Rapids. He’d been at it...
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Watch: Week 3 college football picks and analysis on On Iowa Gameday

September 16, 2017 - 7:55am
Coming off an overtime thriller, how will Iowa and Iowa State respond as double-digit favorites this week? Marc Morehouse, Mike Hlas and Jeremiah Davis make their picks on On Iowa Gameday, plus...
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Cedar Crossing rallies support for Cedar Rapids casino

September 15, 2017 - 8:27pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Hundreds of people came to the U.S. Cellular Center Friday night to see if a new downtown casino would be a rose or a thorn for the city. The backers behind Cedar Crossing, one...
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Protests erupt in St. Louis after police officer found not guilty in murder trial

September 15, 2017 - 8:25pm
More than a dozen people were arrested Friday as crowds of demonstrators in the St. Louis region marched into the night following the acquittal of a white former police officer who was charged with...
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In wake of London explosion, Trump says travel ban ‘should be far larger’

September 15, 2017 - 7:36pm
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signaled he would like his controversial travel ban expanded, writing on Twitter on Friday that his ban on travelers from several Muslim-majority countries...
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Cassini ends its 20-year mission to Saturn with cheers, and even a few tears

September 15, 2017 - 7:32pm
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. — They clapped, though they didn’t smile. But what did you expect? Cassini, their beloved spacecraft, was dead. Confirmation that the explorer had indeed...
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The anatomy of a failed bond: Why Linn-Mar voters weren’t convinced by district’s needs

September 15, 2017 - 7:18pm
MARION — Had enough residents in the Linn-Mar school district voted earlier this week for an $80 million bond issue, properties there would have faced the highest school tax rate in the...
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Cyclocross fans praise ‘super hard’ course: World Cup races in Iowa City draw fans, big TV audience

September 15, 2017 - 6:05pm
IOWA CITY — The annual Jingle Cross cyclocross race in Iowa City has come a long way since its inception in 2004. Founded by John Meehan, a pediatric surgeon, the Christmas-themed bike race...
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