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Death at Iowa Mennonite School ruled accidental

February 9, 2018 - 11:38am
The December death of an Iowa City teen at Iowa Mennonite School, in Kalona, has been ruled accidental. Teresa Cardenas, 15, fell from the top of a 20-foot ladder bolted to the wall in the control...
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Fire ravages downtown Vinton businesses

February 9, 2018 - 10:23am
VINTON — Still burning Friday morning, a fire that broke out Thursday evening ravaged at least three downtown businesses. Inside Michael & Dowd Furniture and Appliances, 102 E. Fourth...
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Cedar Rapids Mayor Hart to meet with President Donald Trump

February 9, 2018 - 10:17am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Top Cedar Rapids officials have been invited to Washington, D.C. to meet with President Donald Trump, city officials announced today. The delegation will include newly sworn in...
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One center for all 911 calls yields benefits — and costs

February 9, 2018 - 9:54am
CEDAR RAPIDS — A new consultant’s report has solidified Marion Police Chief Joseph McHale’s position that the three different 911 dispatch centers in Linn County should move...
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Podcast: On Iowa Politics talks snow-caucus, fundraising numbers for Congressional candidates, and the Iowa Poll

February 9, 2018 - 9:37am
On Iowa Politics discusses the snowy Caucus Night, fundraising numbers for the Iowa Congressional candidates, and the Iowa Poll numbers for the gubernatorial candidates. On Iowa Politics is a weekly...
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One injured in Mount Vernon crash

February 9, 2018 - 8:36am
MOUNT VERNON – An Anamosa woman was injured when she crashed into a ditch Friday morning. According to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, deputies, the Mount Vernon police and fire...
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Trump signs deal to end brief government shutdown, increase U.S. spending

February 9, 2018 - 7:08am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress ended a brief government shutdown on Friday by reaching a wide-ranging deal that is expected to push budget deficits into the $1 trillion-a-year zone. The...
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Friday Morning Read: Wellmark to return to Iowa exchange, Honey Creek resort still struggling, Tyson under pressure for Iowa water quality

February 9, 2018 - 6:44am
Wellmark to return to Iowa exchange, sell ACA-compliant plans- Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield is back. A little more than a month after the Des Moines-based insurer left the state’s...
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Fiscal hawk Republican Rand Paul slows budget deal, shutdown looms

February 8, 2018 - 9:05pm
WASHINGTON — Republican Rand Paul, an outspoken fiscal conservative, single-handedly delayed U.S. Senate action for more than seven hours on Thursday on a two-year budget deal meant to avert a...
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A voucher proposal that isn’t called a voucher, +21 or older for smoking, Pay up, Prius owners: Iowa Capitol Digest, Feb. 8

February 8, 2018 - 7:21pm
A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018: EDUCATIONAL SAVINGS GRANTS: A bill that would allow parents to get an educational savings grant, what some...
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Iowa water quality advocates press Tyson

February 8, 2018 - 6:19pm
DES MOINES — Water quality advocates on Thursday called on Tyson Foods to enact more conservation practices to help make Iowa’s impaired waterways cleaner. During a news conference held...
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Iowa county attorneys seek laws to protect children, add penalties

February 8, 2018 - 6:18pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Iowa County Attorneys Association is proposing three new laws that would expand protections for children and that would strengthen penalties for using a simulated weapon...
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House GOP plan makes opioid database mandatory

February 8, 2018 - 6:16pm
DES MOINES — Doctors and pharmacists would be required to register with and check an electronic state database when prescribing and issuing opioid painkillers under legislation introduced...
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Proposals would further expand Iowa gun rights

February 8, 2018 - 5:52pm
DES MOINES — Expanded last year, Iowa gun laws would undergo more significant changes — including doing away with government permits to carry a weapon — under proposals that won...
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Extend Cedar Rapids library hours, some council members say

February 8, 2018 - 5:51pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Usage numbers at Cedar Rapids Public Library are down, spurring interest from several City Council members to find money to expand hours and days the library is open. The...
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Iowa GOP hones in on 1 percent increase for schools

February 8, 2018 - 5:47pm
DES MOINES — Establish state funding levels for public schools now; address inequities in the education funding formula later. That was the message lawmakers in the Iowa House sent Thursday...
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Judge returns only a few animals to Vinton family after hundreds were seized in January

February 8, 2018 - 5:46pm
The fate of the hundreds of animals seized by authorities from a Vinton home due to reports of neglect has been decided. In a Thursday ruling, Sixth Judicial District Chief Judge Patrick Grady ruled...
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Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar, Marion, Lisbon, Mt. Vernon School Districts, cancel classes Friday

February 8, 2018 - 5:07pm
School closings are coming in as rapidly as new snow on the ground. The Cedar Rapids School District, Marion School District, Lisbon School District, Mt. Vernon School District and Linn-Mar School...
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Bill to restrict abortions advances to Iowa Senate committee

February 8, 2018 - 4:47pm
DES MOINES — Legislation that would make it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion in Iowa once a fetal  heartbeat is detected won initial support Thursday after emotional and...
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Iowa GOP majority Senate lowers state budget cuts to $34 million

February 8, 2018 - 4:46pm
DES MOINES — Senate Republicans approved a measure Thursday cutting $34 million — not the $52 million earlier proposed — to erase a projected shortfall and leave an estimated...
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