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As Iowa’s first medical marijuana production facility opens, severe restrictions remain on the program

Iowa’s still developing medical marijuana program reached an important milestone on Thursday, as MedPharm Iowa held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Des Moines facility. “It’s about the patients, the kids, the patients who are going to benefit from these particular products,” Dr. Christopher Nelson, MedPharm’s owner, said at the ribbon-cutting. […]

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Iowa City and Cedar Rapids will offer free bus rides on Election Day

Bus rides in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids will be free all day on Election Day, as both cities try to make getting to the polls easier for voters. These well-intentioned efforts, however, highlight the limitations of both cities’ public transit systems. Polls will be open statewide for the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, […]

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Early voting for the November general election has begun

Early in-person voting for the Nov. 6 general election began on Monday. Voters will be at the county auditor’s office during business hours, until Nov. 5. The Johnson County Auditor’s Office is open Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Voters in Linn County have a slightly narrower window — its auditor’s office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. […]

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Sen. Cory Booker will meet with voters in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday

Sen. Cory Booker will be in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday morning, for a “meet and greet” with local Democrats. According to the Linn County Democratic Party, the event is supposed to draw attention local Democratic candidates, but it’s likely that many of the people Booker meets and greets will want to talk about Brett Kavanaugh. […]

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Mount Trashmore trails open on Thursday

The river level is dropping, closed streets have reopened and, on Thursday, Cedar Rapids’ Mount Trashmore finally have its grand opening at noon. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the greenspace built out of half-a-century of Linn County trash was original scheduled for last week but had to delayed due concerns over possible flooding. […]

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New federal funding for Cedar Rapids flood protection is much smaller than politicians claim

As Cedar Rapids prepared for the Cedar River to crest at “major flood level” on Sunday, Pat Rynard of Iowa Starting Line reported on quiet worries about the loudly celebrated new $117 million in federal funding for the city’s flood control project. […]

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Congressional ethics committee launches investigation of Rep. Rod Blum

The Ethics Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives announced on Tuesday it is investigating Iowa Rep. Rod Blum. Blum quickly responded to the announcement with the sort of rhetoric President Trump uses to deflect charges of ethics violations and blamed the investigation on unnamed political enemies. […]

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Betty Jean Furgerson, a leader in civil rights, education and the arts, dies at age 91

Betty Jean Furgerson, a leading advocate for civil rights, education, the arts and public broadcasting, died last week at the age of 91. According to an obituary posted by Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery Funeral Home, Furgerson died peacefully on Aug. 14 at her home in Cedar Rapids, where she’d lived since 2010. Her life was […]

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