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Corn planting lagging behind but farmers aren't worried Video included

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Tom Wall has been farming for more than 30 years and generations of Walls were in the fields before him. More>>

Police arrest Cedar Rapids man carrying knives near church

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Authorities say they have arrested a Cedar Rapids man who was armed with knives near a church. More>>

Linn Co. Democrats to host 1st District candidate forum

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The Linn Co. Democrats will host a forum for the Democratic candidates vying for Iowa's 1st District Congressional seat Wednesday night in Hiawatha.
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HD Youth Center to give away free books

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The HD Youth Center in Cedar Rapids will participate in World Book Night Wednesday, a national program to promote literacy across the nation. More>>

Reward upped for information on Linn County home invasion

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The Linn County Sheriff's Office says $5,000 has been added to the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person wanted in connection with a home invasion that happened near Alburnett in March. More>>

Iowa Chairiots' wheelchairs replaced, back on the basketball court Video included

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The Iowa Chairiots wheelchair basketball team is no longer on the sidelines. More>>

First new home to be built in Wellington Heights in 50 years Video included

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It's been 50 years since a new home was built in the Cedar Rapids Wellington Heights neighborhood. More>>

Cedar Rapids already hearing ideas for casino land Video included

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Now that Cedar Rapids cannot have a casino, there's a large plot of empty land up for grabs. At Tuesday's City Council meeting the city was supposed to finalize a lot of the land deals with the Cedar Rapids Development Group, but with no gaming license there's no deal. Many are wondering what the city could build instead. More>>

3 shootings, 2 injured in Cedar Rapids; no arrests Video included

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Police in Cedar Rapids now say three separate shooting incidents over the weekend may now be related to one another. More>>

Easter weekend tradition at Noelridge Greenhouse hits 42 years Video included

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The Noelridge Greenhouse Easter Showcase has been an Easter weekend tradition since 1972. More>>

Westdale Mall auctions off inventory ahead of full demolition Video included

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Westdale Mall, a longtime retail institution in Cedar Rapids, was sold off piece-by-piece Saturday to make way for a brand new shopping experience. More>>

Cedar Rapids Science Center hosts Mini Maker Faire

A little boy tries his hand at remotely driving a model vehicle Saturday at the Mini Maker Faire at the Cedar Rapids Science Center A little boy tries his hand at remotely driving a model vehicle Saturday at the Mini Maker Faire at the Cedar Rapids Science Center
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The Science Center in Cedar Rapids welcomed hundreds of visitors Saturday at its third annual Mini Maker Faire. More>>

Linn Co.: Knife found at Marion park not left 'maliciously'

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How safe are our playgrounds? One eastern Iowan is concerned. More>>

Two injured in Linn County rollover crash Thursday

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Two people were injured in a rollover crash Thursday evening near Central City. More>>

Cedar Valley reacts to Cedar Crossing denial Video included

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Thursday, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission denied the license application for the proposed Cedar Crossing casino in Cedar Rapids. Without it, the casino cannot be built or operated. More>>

Man accused of making meth in hospital parking lot

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One man is accused of making methamphetamine outside a Cedar Rapids hospital. More>>

No dice: IRGC members explain reasons, casino operators glad Video included

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A large group of people traveled from Cedar Rapids to Council Bluffs for the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission meeting Thursday. In the morning, they were optimistic.
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Cedar Rapids casino supporters react to IRGC decision Video included

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They worked for more than a year and a half, raised and spent more than $7 million from investors, convinced voters and put together plans for an elaborate casino that would showcase a part of Cedar Rapids previously lost to floodwaters and forgotten. Their dream was taken away quickly on Thursday morning. More>>

It's a NO: IRGC rejects Cedar Rapids casino

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It's a no. A majority of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission members rejected the license for a proposed casino in Linn County during their board meeting Thursday morning just after 11 a.m. in Council Bluffs. More>>

Casino supporters and opponents prepare for license decision Video included

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Cedar Crossing investors announced their plans a year and a half ago and ever since there's been one big sticking point: the impact a Cedar Rapids casino could have on the existing market. That one factor will heavily influence the commission Thursday. More>>

Linn County casino license would cap off three years of work Video included

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Cedar Crossing investors say they began working on this project three years ago, long before they publicly announced their plans and Thursday we find out if the big gamble was worth it. More>>

Federal regulators discuss Duane Arnold's 'rapid decline in performance' Video included

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Increased oversight at the Duane Arnold Energy Center has some questioning just how safe plant is. More>>

Veterans Memorial Building officially opens, flood renovations complete Video included

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After nearly six years, the Veterans Memorial Building in Cedar Rapids held an official opening ceremony. I More>>

Avoid investment scams with Cedar Rapids forum May 1

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Iowa's insurance commissioner has scheduled forums in Cedar Rapids and Davenport to educate the public on how to avoid investment and insurance scams. More>>

Brady Verlo, West Branch daycare worker, guilty of child porn

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A former daycare worker accused of distributing thousands of images of child pornography pleaded guilty in federal court in Cedar Rapids on Monday. More>>

Mediacom unveils 305-Meg internet to Cedar Rapids Video included

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One of the largest cable and internet providers is taking your internet experience to top speeds. More>>

Remote controlled FIDO scares away geese Video included

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While kids love to play at the park, a remote control animal is they saw on the water wasn't their toy. In fact, it's a new tool called FIDO that the Parks and Recreation Department is using to control geese. More>>

One person hurt in Cedar Rapids house fire

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One person is hurt after a fire in Cedar Rapids early Sunday morning. More>>

UPDATE: Benton County accident kills two, injures one

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The Iowa State Patrol has released the names of two people who died in a crash involving farm equipment in Benton County. More>>

Field fire blamed for woman's injury in Linn Co.

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One person is injured as a result of a field fire in Linn County. More>>

Nuclear plant drill in Palo helps prepare for all emergencies Video included

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This week, employees at the Duane Arnold Energy Center in Palo went through a drill to make sure they're prepared for an emergency, like a security issue or faulty piece of equipment. More>>

Seniors say they'll miss Horizons meal sites when they close Video included

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Every week, senior citizens come to the Hiawatha Community Center for group activities like dancing and bingo, along with a meal. Now, the meals are coming to an end.
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Jonathan Youngbear's murder case moved to federal court

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The man accused of murdering another man on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement in rural Tama in February has had his case dismissed by the state, and it has moved to federal courts.A criminal complaint says authorities were dispatched to a reported stabbing on February 24 at 1695 340th Street. When authorities arrived, they say they found the body of Severn Jefferson with blood pooling from apparent stab wounds to Jefferson's chest.The complaint continues, saying a witness told investigators that... More>>

Horizons closing senior meal sites

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Some seniors are losing their lunch spot. Wednesday Horizons, A Family Service Alliance and the Heritage Area Agency on Aging announced the closure of senior congregate meal sites in Ely, Hiawatha, Marion, Springville and St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids.
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Cedar Rapids goes to the dogs for trash can help Video included

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There needs to be three feet of space around garbage carts for the city's automated trucks to work properly. The city's tried to get the message out before but it just hasn't stuck. Enter "Lucy." That's the dog the city's using to help. Officials have decided to show people the proper placement by using a basset hound. More>>

UPDATE: Cedar Rapids Police: Death of Shanna Beyhl is homicide Video included

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Police now say a woman's unattended death at her apartment Friday is a homicide. More>>

Holocaust survivor shares his story with Iowans Video included

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Cesare Frustaci wasn't even ten years old when World War II ended. For 60 years he stayed silent, not even telling his closest friends he was a Holocaust survivor.But now, he's decided to speak up to make sure the Holocaust is never forgotten. More>>

Cedar Rapids woman injured in Highway 30 crash

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A Cedar Rapids woman was hospitalized Monday morning after a crash on Highway 30. More>>

Dozens march to 'Stop the Violence' following latest Cedar Rapids double homicide Video included

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A message to 'Stop the Violence' took the streets of Cedar Rapids. Marchers say their city has suffered enough and they want restore it back to how it used to be. More>>

Coe College students pick up trash, help crime rate Video included

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Coe College student Ben Perez says he enjoys giving back to his neighborhood, even if it is picking up trash. Perez was one of about 100 students who teamed up with Mound View residents to clean up the neighborhood, which is next to Coe College. More>>

Brides and grooms race to the altar in Marion

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Dozens of runners, looking like brides and grooms, ushers and bridesmaids took to the streets of Marion for the first ever 'Uptown Marion Race to the Altar 5K' Sunday morning. More>>

Victims' Rights Week kicks off with opening ceremony Video included

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Crime victims, survivors and their families came together for the victims' rights opening ceremony in Cedar Rapids Saturday afternoon.  More>>

90-year-old honored for her dedication to volunteering

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A 90-year-old Cedar Rapids woman was honored as Iowa's Outstanding Senior Volunteer.  More>>

Lawsuit involving Cedar Rapids police officers heading to federal jury Video included

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A lawsuit against two Cedar Rapids police officers is heading to trial in federal court as a woman claims her Fourth Amendment rights were violated during her arrest five years ago. More>>

6 ousted from home after Cedar Rapids fire

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Six people no longer have their home following a devastating fire Thursday morning in Cedar Rapids. More>>

Cedar Rapids casino supporters speak up Video included

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During a public forum Thursday one thing was clear: people on both sides are of the Cedar Rapids casino proposal are passionate. There's really a divide. Those who came from out of town are against the casino, those who live in Cedar Rapids overwhelmingly support the project. More>>

Cedar Rapids casino opponents speak out Video included

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We're getting down to the wire and people are running out of chances to tell the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission how they feel about a Cedar Rapids casino. The supporters in the crowd at Thursday's public event were mostly from Cedar Rapids. Those from out of town are against the proposal. More>>

UPDATE: Cedar Rapids police identify double homicide victims Video included

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Cedar Rapids police have identified two people that were shot to death on Wednesday night by someone firing bullets into their home. More>>

IRGC to visit site proposed for Cedar Crossing casino Video included

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The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission and staff will visit Cedar Rapids Thursday to see the proposed site for the Cedar Crossing casino. More>>

Cedar Rapids casino supporters ready to show off city Video included

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Excited supporters of a Cedar Rapids casino rallied Wednesday night -- getting ready to show off the city to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. More>>

Cedar Rapids students take the "not tanning pledge" before prom Video included

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With prom season here, many teens will be laying here in taking beds and laying in ultraviolet radiation, but students in eight Cedar Rapids schools are taking a no tanning pledge.

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Authorities make arrest following Iowa County home invasion

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Authorities have arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with a January home invasion case out of Iowa County .Authorities took Keenan Baker into custody on Tuesday in connection with a home invasion that happened in New English on January 8, 2014. More>>

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