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CRPL throwing a Dolly Parton birthday party to celebrate 300,000 books donated to Cedar Rapids kids

Like the hero of one of her favorite children’s books — The Little Engine That Could — Dolly Parton can. Can what? You name it. The singer-songwriter, actor, public health hero, philanthropist, theme park entrepreneur, inspiration to millions and all-around […]

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Cedar Rapids and North Liberty restricting on-street parking during winter storm; Iowa City cancels compost collection

Ahead of the major winter storm expected to bring heavy snow and brutally cold temperature to Iowa this week, Cedar Rapids has declared a snow emergency starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. During the emergency, which is scheduled to last […]

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Vivian’s Soul Food, a Cedar Rapids favorite, has closed

Vivian’s Soul Food, a much loved fixture on the Cedar Rapids restaurant scene, has closed. Owners Jerome and Briana Smallwood announced the closure in a post on the restaurant’s Facebook Page signed Team Viv. It’s been a great run. In […]

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Man who drove his truck into abortion rights protesters in Cedar Rapids wants assault charge dismissed and trial moved out of Linn County

The man who drove his pickup truck into protesters crossing a street in Cedar Rapids in June pleaded not guilty to both crimes with which he has been charged. Several weeks after the incident, David Huston of Swisher was charged […]

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Willie Ray’s Q Shack is starting Thanksgiving early by giving away free meals on Tuesday

Willie Fairley became nationally famous for his generosity and barbecue following the August 2020 derecho. In the aftermath, he fed his fellow Cedar Rapidians who found themselves without power, and some cases, suddenly without a home. Since then, Fairley has […]

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Where to vote in Johnson and Linn County on the final weekend of early voting

Early voting continues in the Nov. 8 general election — there will be satellite voting locations open in Linn County this weekend and two in Johnson County. The auditor’s offices in both counties are also adding weekend hours to accommodate […]

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Noreen Bush, ‘an incredible leader’ in the Cedar Rapids Community School District, dies at age 51

Noreen Bush, superintendent of the Cedar Rapids Community School District, died on Sunday. She was 51 years old. Bush was on medical leave and had submitted her resignation to the CRCSD Board of Directors last month, as her health declined […]

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Cedar Rapids is looking for volunteers to help senior citizens keep their sidewalks shoveled this winter

As the city gets ready for the winter, Cedar Rapids is looking for volunteers for the Snow Buddies program it launched last year. The program pairs senior citizens with volunteers willing to shovel their sidewalks, and “is intended to benefit […]

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Election 2022: Public Measure 1 would eliminate ‘current and future common-sense gun laws’

Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks was blunt in his assessment of Public Measure 1, which would amend the Iowa Constitution in a way that would stop most attempts to regulate guns in the state. “This amendment is a wolf in […]

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Iowa Attorney General’s Office concludes fatal shooting by CRPD officers was justified

Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks has closed the investigation into a fatal shooting of William Rich by two Cedar Rapids Police Department officers on Aug. 30. Maybanks’ decision follows a review of the shooting by the Iowa Attorney General’s Office […]

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Cedar Rapids schools will stop using seclusion rooms after district reached settlement with Justice Department over disciplinary practices

The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Monday it had reached a settlement agreement with the Cedar Rapids Community School District regarding what it determined to be the school district’s “discriminatory use of seclusion […]

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