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Judge rejects ‘stand your ground’ claim in Cedar Rapids shooting

A judge has rejected an attempt by a defendant involved in a Cedar Rapids shooting to invoke the “stand your ground” (SYG) law passed by the Iowa legislature in 2017. Sixth Judicial District Judge Patrick Grady ruled Michael Hodges will have to stand trial for shooting Zevon Johnson in January. Hodges, a licensed gun owner, […]

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Cedar Rapids has banned alcohol in Greene Square Park, and is considering bans on drinking and smoking in all parks

Changes are coming to the oldest park in Cedar Rapids. Starting Saturday, alcohol will no longer be permitted in Greene Square Park. The city council unanimously approved the ban at its July 10 meeting. The vote came one month after Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman announced plans to install security cameras in the park, […]

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Protesters rally in Cedar Rapids during Mike Pence visit

“Peace not Pence,” was chanted by protesters across the street from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday. NextGen Iowa and Indivisible Iowa organized a rally to protest Vice President Mike Pence, Congressman Rod Blum and Gov. Kim Reynolds, who were at the company to speak about tax reform, among other issues. “Rod Blum is […]

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Cedar Rapids to get millions from the federal government for flood prevention

Ten years after the biggest flood in Cedar Rapids history, the city will finally be receiving long sought after federal funds for a flood control system. On Thursday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced it was awarding Cedar Rapids $117 million for its planned flood control project. “The announcement of this federal funding award to […]

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What do on the Fourth of July in Iowa City, Coralville and Cedar Rapids

Like every year, city governments are celebrating the beginning of American independent governance by closing down for the day. (Although garbage pick-up will continue on its normal schedule in Cedar Rapids). But all the cities in the CRANDIC (the greater Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area) will be sponsoring events. Enjoy food, fireworks, and family-friendly fun for the 4th of July. […]

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Cedar Rapids is getting in ‘on the ground floor’ of marijuana manufacturing

Cannabidiol will join breakfast cereal as a one of the things Cedar Rapids proudly produces. Last week, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) awarded a license to grow marijuana and process it into cannabidiol last week to Iowa Relief, as part of the state’s medical marijuana program. According Iowa Relief’s application, it plans to […]

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Protesters will gather in Cedar Rapids to push for the reunification of migrant families

On Saturday, there will be rallies protesting in more than 620 cities across the country, including Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, to protest the Trump administration treatment of migrants arriving at the U.S. border with Mexico. The Families Belong Together protests were originally inspired by the administration’s policy of taking children away from their families, and interring them in separate facilities. […]

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Hike for Healthcare: Protesting Republican attempts to kill the Affordable Care Act

Political activists and other Iowans upset about Republican health care policies will be gathering in Cedar Rapids at noon for the Hike for Healthcare. At the same time protesters in Cedar Rapids are marching the half-mile from the corner to 8th Ave and 2nd Street, SE, to Rep. Rod Blum’s office, there will also be protests at Blum’s offices in Cedar Falls and Dubuque, as well as at Rep. David Young’s Des Moines office. […]

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‘You can make a difference’: March for Our Lives comes to Marion

Even before the Road to Change Tour town hall meeting started at Linn-Mar High School in Marion on Thursday night, members of the audience that packed the school’s gymnasium knew the importance of voting was going to be stressed. To get to the gym, you had to pass by multiple groups trying to help people register to vote. […]

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Local student activists and Parkland shooting survivors will unite as the Road to Change Tour comes to Linn-Mar (Updated)

The March for Our Lives movement, started by survivors of the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida to push for political action on gun violence, has launched a national bus tour, which will make two stops in Linn County on Thursday. […]

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Ten years after the flood, the CR Resurgence Tour highlights transformation and historic preservation

Ten years ago this month, more than seven feet of floodwater poured into a Cedar Rapids Community School District warehouse on G Ave. in northwest Cedar Rapids. Damage was extensive, but now the only indication of that flooding is a sign attached to an outside wall explaining what happened in June 2008.
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The flood of 2008 left winners and losers in Cedar Rapids

The 10-year anniversary of the devastating floods of 2008 lends itself to a certain kind of narrative — one in which we extol the resilience of our communities and shine a light on successes that seem to point toward a future filled with sunshine after the rain. And to be fair, that narrative is, in many ways, true. But it isn’t the whole story. […]

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