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Iowa Supreme Court rules Cedar Rapids turnover records in police shooting, but sharply limits the public’s right to access other records

On Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the Cedar Rapids Police Department must turn over investigative records to a man suing the city after being shot by a CRPD officer. But as part of their decision, the justices ruled police departments in Iowa

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After a bit of shopping, Beto O’Rourke discussed his ‘white privilege,’ Senate run, DACA and more in CR

Beto O’Rourke didn’t look like a top contender for the Democratic nomination for president on Friday night, when he was standing in Eduskate Board Shop talking to owner Nate Sherwood. He looked a customer. The two were happily discussing the classic skateboards Sherwood has on display in his NewBo shop, and looking over the planks […]

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Beto O’Rourke is coming to Cedar Rapids

Beto O’Rourke is coming to Cedar Rapids on Friday, and the former Texas congressman will be a guest on the Political Party Live podcast, hosted by Simeon Talley and Stacey Walker. The podcast will be recorded at the Raygun store in Cedar Rapids at 7 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public, but space will be limited, so people are encouraged to register in advance. […]

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Dublin City Pub is closing

Dublin City Pub is closing, the Cedar Rapids bar and restaurant announced late Monday night on its Facebook page. The Irish-themed pub’s final day will be Sunday, March 17, which is St. Patrick’s Day. “Please come partake in one last hoorah,” the post said. “Let’s make this day full of Shenanigans that will last a […]

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National Weather Service issues its river flooding forecasts for spring

On Thursday, the National Weather Service (NWS) released it river flooding forecasts for spring. According to the NWS Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service, Iowa City shouldn’t see any river flooding during that period, but puts chances that the Cedar River will surge past flood levels in Cedar Rapids this spring at 25 to 50 percent. Flood […]

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Cedar Rapids will start using its speed cameras on I-380 ‘soon’

Cedar Rapids will start using its speed cameras on I-380 to issue tickets again “soon,” Mayor Brad Hart announced during his State of the City speech on Wednesday. Hart seemed to acknowledge that the decision is unpopular by prefacing his announcement with, “You probably don’t want to hear this,” before claiming the cameras are almost […]

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A new phone scam is targeting Johnson and Linn County residents

Phone scammers claiming to be sheriff’s deputies are targeting people in Johnson and Linn Counties. The scammers claim an arrest warrant for missing jury duty has been issued for the person they’ve called, and the person needs to post a bond by purchasing prepaid gift cards. Brian Hamilton of Iowa City was almost a victim […]

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Participants in the seventh annual Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week announced

The restaurants participating in the seventh annual Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week were announced on Tuesday by the event’s organizer, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance (CRMEA). From Friday, Feb. 22 to Saturday, March 2, the following 17 restaurants will be offering special menus to their patrons […]

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Iowa Supreme Court to decide whether Cedar Rapids must turnover investigator reports in 2016 police shooting

The Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a Cedar Rapids case that will determine what information the police can withhold from the public. The city of Cedar Rapids and Cedar Rapids Police Officer Lucas Jones are appealing a decision by a Linn County District Court judge that the city must turn over police […]

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Iowa Supreme Court rules in favor of Cedar Rapids’ I-380 speed cameras

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday that Cedar Rapids’ speed cameras are legal. The decision came in a class action lawsuit that argued the city’s use of speed cameras, and its contracting of a private company that profits from the speeding fines to operate the cameras and issue tickets, violated a driver’s right to due process. […]

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Cedar Rapids offering free bus rides, NewBo City Market as a warming center during extreme cold Wednesday

Bus rides in Cedar Rapids will be free on Wednesday and Thursday, as part of the city’s plan to help people cope with the extreme cold temperatures. “We encourage people to stay home if at all possible, but are offering this service to allow residents transportation options if they must travel in order to avoid […]

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Cedar Rapids Public Library is opening early to serve as a warm reprieve during extreme cold weather

In response to the dangerously cold weather, the downtown location of the Cedar Rapids Public Library is opening an hour early through Thursday, Jan. 31, to accommodate anyone who needs a warm place during the day, as the wind chill drives down temperatures. “The Library always strives to meet the needs of our community. This […]

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