The Gazette (Cedar Rapids)

  • Watch Live: The first Democratic presidential debate of 2019
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 07:29 PM

    The first of two this week and many to come after.

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  • Iowa GOP expects ‘fantasyland’ ideas in Democratic debates
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 03:02 PM

    Democratic presidential candidates are making Republicans’ work to win reelection easy with their “fantasyland” proposals that would be devastating for Iowa, according to the chairman of the state’s GOP.

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  • Cedar Rapids officials raise awareness of Iowa CARE Act aimed at family caregivers
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 01:33 PM

    CEDAR RAPIDS — Days before the law is set to go into effect, Cedar Rapids advocates and lobbyists gathered to educate family caregivers of the resources available to them through the Iowa CARE Act.The Family Caregiver Center of Mercy in Cedar Rapids hosted a news conference Wednesday on the Iowa Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable, or CARE, Act, set to go live July 1.

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  • FTC crack downs on robocallers
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 04:43 PM

    As part of its fight against illegal robocalls, the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday announced a slew of lawsuits and other measures it and 25 other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies have taken against operations it said were responsible for more than 1 billion of the prerecorded calls.The operation included civil and criminal lawsuits from recent months, as well as warnings and cease-and-desist letters.

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  • Iowa DNR gets its first female leader
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 01:59 PM

    Kayla Lyon, a state agriculture and natural resources policy adviser, will become the first female leader of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday. Lyon will replace Bruce Trautman, who had been acting director since May 1, 2018, when Chuck Gipp retired.

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  • Beyond Meat’s latest plant-based burger is meatier, juicier and a big step closer to beef
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 09:58 AM

    In the battle to create the best plant-based burger, Beyond Meat just fired a shot. The company has reformulated its Beyond Burger, making it meatier and better looking, with “marbling” to emulate the fat in traditional burgers.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Iowa Lottery looks to record-smashing year
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 01:06 PM

    DES MOINES — Iowa lottery players apparently have taken former Hawkeye football coach Hayden Fry’s “scratch-where-it-itches” mantra to heart in a big way.The state’s lottery enterprise is on track to break its all-time yearly records for sales, proceeds to state causes, prizes paid to players and commissions to its retailers when it closes the current fiscal year on June 30 — with gamblers’ zeal for instant scratch tickets outpacing those who feverishly chase the mega-lotto jackpots.

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  • Acquiring Cedar Lake opens possibilities for downtown vision
    Tuesday - 06/25/2019 - 07:57 PM

    CEDAR RAPIDS — City Council member Dale Todd, who also served in the early 1980s, said he came across an old master plan for Cedar Lake from 1981. Tuesday, he was part of a City Council that brought a vision for revitalizing the cooling pond for Alliant Energy’s former coal-fired power plant to the verge of reality by approving the city’s purchase of Cedar Lake for $1.

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  • Kwik Star building NE Cedar Rapids store
    Tuesday - 06/25/2019 - 04:01 PM

    A La Crosse, Wis., convenience store chain is building a store at Blairs Ferry Road and Rockwell Drive NE as it expands its presence in the Corridor.Kwik Trip, corporate parent of Kwik Star, expects to open the store at 1001 Blairs Ferry Rd.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Two men charged with stealing thousands from Manchester hospital
    Tuesday - 06/25/2019 - 04:34 PM

    MANCHESTER — Manchester police have arrested two hospital employees who are accused of taking personal trips on hospital time and filing for expense reimbursements for which they were not entitled.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Alburnett Schools could bring another bond vote in March
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 01:49 PM

    The Alburnett Community School District could pitch another general obligation bond to voters in March, Superintendent Dani Trimble said Wednesday, a day after voters rejected an $11.64 million bond for the school district.“The election yesterday was an important opportunity for our school community to provide feedback on the proposed facility project,” Trimble said in an email.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Skirling U.S. Attorney General Barr cameos on bagpipes
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 03:47 PM

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General William Barr, displaying a little-known talent, played “Scotland the Brave” on his bagpipes on Wednesday, joining in with the New York City Police Department’s famed Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society.The performance by the band, set up by U.S.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Back-to-school spending to rise 9 percent: study
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 04:41 PM

    The school year is only just finishing across the nation, but Amazon.com is making sure parents already are thinking about back-to-school shopping.Spending for new clothes and school supplies used to begin in August, ahead of the new academic year.Now, retailers are using Amazon’s midsummer Prime Day as the starting gun for their back-to-school promotions.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Elon Musk predicts Tesla could barely set quarterly vehicle delivery record
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 04:35 PM

    Tesla could be on the verge of a quarterly record for vehicle deliveries, though the electric carmaker will need to go “all out” in the last few days of the month, CEO Elon Musk wrote in an internal memo.“There is a lot of speculation regarding our vehicle deliveries this quarter,” Musk told employees in an email Tuesday.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Authorities: Card dealer helped players at Waterloo casino win
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 06:43 PM

    WATERLOO — A Gilbertville man cheated while dealing cards at a Waterloo casino, authorities say.Jordan Michael Makinster, 27, used a “false shuffle” to increase patrons’ chances of winning — which, in turn, led to larger tips for him, the investigation found.Makinster was arrested June 19 on a charge of altering the outcome of a gambling game, a felony.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Orlan Love’s remarks during monarch prairie dedication at Squaw Creek Park in Marion
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 10:13 AM

    Editor’s note: The 6.6-acre Orlan Love Prairie, which honors the former Gazette reporter and columnist, was dedicated Tuesday in a ceremony hosted by the Monarch Research Project and Linn County Conservation at Squaw Creek Park in Marion.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Third Avenue Bridge plantings get green light in Cedar Rapids
    Tuesday - 06/25/2019 - 07:55 PM

    CEDAR RAPIDS — An estimated $170,000 worth of plantings are heading for the Third Avenue Bridge after gaining support Tuesday from the City Council.The project is intended to fill a newly created buffer zone between motor vehicle lanes and bike lanes as traffic engineers shrink the wide bridge near the Linn County Courthouse and create a more pedestrian- and bike-friendly area.

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  • Voters say no to Alburnett Schools $11.6M bond
    Tuesday - 06/25/2019 - 10:35 PM

    Voters in the Alburnett Community School District on Tuesday defeated an $11.64 million general obligation bond, declining to increase the district’s property tax rate to pay for school projects.The bond failed with almost 55 percent approval, according to unofficial results from the Linn County Auditor’s Office, with 664 residents voting.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • What you need to know about the Democratic presidential debates
    Tuesday - 06/25/2019 - 03:36 PM

    Twenty Democratic hopefuls — broken into two groups of 10 — have made the cut to take the stage Wednesday and Thursday nights in the 2020 election cycle’s first televised presidential debates.

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  • First Federal Credit Union opens temporary office after destructive fire
    Tuesday - 06/25/2019 - 05:08 PM

    CEDAR RAPIDS — After sustaining significant damage in a fire earlier this month at its Westdale branch, First Federal Credit Union says it is back in business. The branch has reopened in a temporary facility at 3810 Westdale Pkwy.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Lisbon man airlifted to hospital after ATV accident in Highway 30 construction zone
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 10:29 PM

    A Lisbon man was taken by helicopter to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident in a new Highway 30 construction zone resulted in life-threatening injuries.According to a media release from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, on Wednesday night, Charles Franks III, 33, of Lisbon and Eduardo Rodriguez, 14, of Washington were driving their ATVs in the new construction zone of Highway 30 near Green Ridge Road in rural Linn County when they both lost control of their vehicles, leading them to roll.

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  • Tech now has a section at Michaels as Etsy aesthetic goes mainstream
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 04:10 PM

    Retail and real estate entrepreneurs are turning former big box stores into places where cottage industries can find customers.It’s a physical world response to what Etsy.com has done for home-based businesses nationwide since it launched in 2005 with a focus on handmade and vintage items.These general merchandise stores sell the same types of products and often use the old retail term “mercantile” or the more current one popularized by Amazon, “marketplace,” in their names.

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  • Renewables surpass coal in power mix
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 04:40 PM

    For the clearest sign yet that renewable energy has gone mainstream, consider this: Clean energy resources supplied more of America’s electricity than coal for the first time ever in April.Hydropower dams, solar panels and wind turbines generated almost 68.5 million megawatt-hours of power in April, eclipsing the 60 million that coal produced that month, Energy Information Administration data released late Tuesday show.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Minnesota man charged with attempted sex trafficking after Homeland Security sting
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 04:21 PM

    CEDAR RAPIDS — A Minnesota man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to attempting to have sex with two Iowa teens after responding to an online ad from an undercover agent posing as a sex trafficker of minors.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • State Auditor accuses Iowa Medicaid companies of violating contracts
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 05:56 PM

    DES MOINES — State Auditor Rob Sand alleged Wednesday that both insurance companies that manage Medicaid in Iowa have breached their contracts with the state.He announced in a news conference that he sent a letter to the Iowa Department of Human Services about the cases of two quadriplegic Iowans whose care services were reduced by Amerigroup Iowa and UnitedHealthcare, which could indicate “serious concerns” for the program as a whole.

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  • Freedom Festival executive director to step down after this year’s event
    Tuesday - 06/25/2019 - 07:10 PM

    CEDAR RAPIDS — The annual Freedom Festival will have different leadership next summer. Executive director Robyn Rieckhoff will step down following this year’s festival after serving in the position since 2012.Carissa Johnson, the organization’s events and marketing director, will serve as the next executive director.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Iowa GOP expects Democrats to offer ‘fantasyland’ policy debates
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 12:31 PM

    CEDAR RAPIDS — Democratic presidential candidates are making Republicans’ work easy with “fantasyland” proposals that would be devastating for Iowa, according to the chairman of the Iowa GOP.In a pre-buttal to the Democratic National Committee’s two nights of debates that begin at 8 p.m.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Photos: Bright eyes balloons glow ebullient
    Wednesday - 06/26/2019 - 12:43 AM

    Balloon Glow returns for 2019.

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  • Iowa officials seek to shift ‘outdated’ outsider perceptions of state through new campaign
    Tuesday - 06/25/2019 - 04:20 PM

    State officials kicked off the “This is Iowa” campaign last week, surprising apparently unsuspecting New Yorkers with details on affordable Hawkeye State homes on-camera.But the Iowa Economic Development Authority recognizes it will take more than an advertising campaign to capture non-residents’ attention.

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  • AIB campus buyer selling off buildings, planning apartments
    Tuesday - 06/25/2019 - 03:48 PM

    With the University of Iowa’s sale of the former AIB College of Business campus in Des Moines almost final, the property’s new owners are moving ahead with plans to subdivide the land, resell some of its buildings for millions and renovate former student dorms into rental apartments.Tina Smothers, owner-broker of Optimum Real Estate Management of Stuart, and her investment partner, Jason Grove of Adel, won a bidding battle for the nearly 14-acre property previously owned and operated by AIB and donated to the UI in 2015.

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