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Five people are in jail after a car chase

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Five people were arrested after a car chase that ended in a crash in Solon.
According to the Linn County Police, on July 23, a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle in Ely that matched the description of a vehicle involved in shots fired incident in Cedar Rapids. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and a car chase began.
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Cedar Rapids first Pet Fair and Adoptathon

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Cedar Rapids is hosting their FIRST Pet Fair and Adoptathon on August 2, 12pm-4pm. More>>

Eastern Iowa Honor Flight gets $20,000 donation

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Eastern Iowa Honor Flight was given more than $20,000 on Wednesday to help their mission of allowing veterans to see the memorials built in their honor. More>>

Batman, Batmobile comes to Cedar Rapids Barnes and Noble Video included

Batman's 75th celebration included a batmobile at the Barnes and Noble in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday. (Justin Andrews, KWWL) Batman's 75th celebration included a batmobile at the Barnes and Noble in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday. (Justin Andrews, KWWL)
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The Caped Crusader takes a break from protecting Gotham City to visit fans in Cedar Rapids Wednesday. More>>

7-vehicle crash shuts down I-380 on Wednesday

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A seven-vehicle accident led to I-380 being shut down for a period of time Wednesday morning. More>>

UPDATE WITH VIDEO: Towels cause fire at Chrome Horse Video included

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A Cedar Rapids restaurant and live music venue is recovering from a four-alarm fire. More>>

Pork Tornadoes are coming to Cedar Rapids

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The Pork Tornadoes are coming to Uptown Friday Nights in Cedar Rapids.
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Indian Creek Nature Center launches campaign for new campus

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The Indian Creek Nature Center launched their Amazing Space campaign on Tuesday. More>>

Hot days especially brutal on elderly and sick Video included

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When the heat rises, Roma Jean Dicken stays indoors.
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Marion holding reception Saturday for fire chief candidates

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Marion residents will have an opportunity to meet the four people vying for the fire chief position at a reception on Saturday. More>>

Mt. Vernon man injured in Highway 30 crash Monday

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A Mt. Vernon man was taken to the hospital after his vehicle rear-ended another vehicle on Highway 30 on Monday.
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UPDATE: 4 arrested, 2 injured in Cedar Rapids shootings Video included

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Four people were arrested after three reports of shootings and shots-fired in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, though police haven't yet said if any of them are directly involved in the shooting. More>>

UPDATED WITH NAME: Woman drowns in Wapsipinicon River Video included

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The Linn County Sheriff's Office says a woman drowned while tubing in the Wapsipinicon River Saturday. More>>

Annual Warbirds Over Iowa takes the skies

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Dozens of remote-control airplanes flew over part of Cedar Rapids. More>>

Sheriff looking for horse shooter in Johnson County Video included

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The Johnson County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help finding who shot a horse.  More>>

Four injured in car accident

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Four people were injured in a two car accident Saturday morning in Linn County. More>>

Family of 3 homeless after fire

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A family of three is homeless after a fire in Cedar Rapids Friday. Cedar Rapids firefighters responded to a fire at 551 10th Street SW at 1:52 p.m. Friday.
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Bomb squad called for suspicious package in Marion

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The Linn County/Marion Bomb Squad was called to the train car in City Square Park Friday morning after a suspicious package was reported. More>>

UPDATE: 2 shots-fired calls investigated by Cedar Rapids Police

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Cedar Rapids police are currently investigating two reports of shots fired from Thursday evening. More>>

Cedar Rapids pizza delivery driver robbed Friday

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Cedar Rapids police are investigating the robbery of a pizza delivery driver. More>>

Animal Control hosts pet fair

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Cedar Rapids Animal Control will host their first Pet Fair on Saturday, August 2. More>>

Crews near debris-removal completion

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Crews in Cedar Rapids have removed more than 300 tons of tree debris from the Southeast side of town, which was significantly impacted by recent storms. More>>

Date set for school supplies event

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500 corridor children will receive school supplies at the Back 2 School Bash & Expo in Cedar Rapids. More>>

Mercy Pediatric Clinic moves to new location in Cedar Rapids

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An open house for Mercy Pediatric Clinic's new location is scheduled for Thursday, July 24 from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.Mercy Medical Center invites the public to visit the pediatric clinic's new location at 701 10th Street SE in Cedar Rapids.Free parking is available in the 8th Street parking ramp.After the ribbon cutting, the public is invited to meet the physicians and staff, tour the clinic, and sign up for door prizes.The first 150 families will receive a free bike helmet.More information about ... More>>

Chris Christie in Cedar Rapids, Marion today on campaign stops

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in Iowa for a series of fundraisers and campaign stops in a state with the first presidential caucuses. More>>

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in Iowa Thursday

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Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, returns to the Hawkeye state Thursday to raise money for Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen. More>>

Online petition wants city to cover storm drains Video included

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Unsafe storm drains are not uncommon across the country, but an an online petition is underway asking Cedar Rapids to put grates or covers at the entrances of all storm drains to prevent another death. More>>

Cedar Rapids: Get storm-damaged items to curb by July 20

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Storm cleanup in ongoing in Cedar Rapids more than two weeks after flash flooding caused problems for a lot of homeowners. More>>

Resource fair to help those impacted by flooding

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A community resource fair will be held Wednesday in Cedar Rapids to help connect people to support agencies who have been impacted by flash flooding.

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Cedar Rapids school board adjusts 2014-15 calendar

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The Cedar Rapids Community School District Board of Education has dropped six early dismissal days, opting to schedule two full staff professional development days. More>>

Trial begins for man accused of killing a Cedar Rapids teenager in 2012 Video included

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They've been waiting two years to see justice and now friends and family of Latasha Roundtree are hoping it's around the corner. Tajh Ross's trial began Tuesday.  More>>

Cedar Rapids sets dates for Urban Deer Hunt

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The City of Cedar Rapids has set the 2014-2015 Urban Deer Hunt for Sept. 13 through Jan. 10, 2015. More>>

UPDATE: Highway 1 to open soon Video included

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It's been two weeks since heavy rain washed away part of Highway 1 in Linn County, but the road still hasn't reopened yet because the damage is worse than expected. More>>

Cedar Rapids police warn of phone scam involving camera tickets

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The Cedar Rapids Police Department says there is a new scam involving the collection of automated traffic tickets. More>>

Linn County looking for storm clean-up volunteers

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As people continue to clean up from storms that caused flooding in Cedar Rapids, volunteers are needed. The Linn Area Partners in Disaster activated an Emergency Volunteer Center to help homeowners. More>>

Bank Robbery Spree: Suspects in Custody Video included

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Authorities have arrested two men for bank robberies in the Cedar Rapids area.
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FBI arrests two men in connection with three Cedar Rapids bank robberies

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The Cedar Rapids Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested two men in connection with three Cedar Rapids bank robberies after searching three homes and a number of vehicles. More>>

Boys and Girls Club names new staffer

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The Boys & Girls Club of Cedar Rapids (BGCCR) has a new Director of Annual Giving More>>

Highway 151 in Fairfax, damaged by rain, repaired

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Highway 151 in Fairfax is already repaired after it was damaged by the heavy rain two weeks ago. More>>

Cedar Rapids road reduced to one lane for water main break

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Johnson Avenue NW at 26th Street NW in Cedar Rapids will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction due to a water main break. More>>

UPDATE: Cedar Rapids man dies after Hwy. 100 crash

This portion of the roadway was closed to traffic Monday morning. This portion of the roadway was closed to traffic Monday morning.
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Police say a motorcycle driver has died after a Monday morning crash that briefly shut down the Hwy. 100/I-380 interchange. More>>

Tattoos could etch into solving crime Video included

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The body is a canvas for tattoo artists, but the pieces of art could etch into helping solve crime. More>>

Marion Fire responds to two fires at same home

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Fire crews in Marion say they responded to two fires at the same home Saturday. More>>

Shaun Hogan appears in court, victim's family reacts Video included

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Crystal Gaffney was just 29 years old when her body was found on a rural Linn County road. "Crystal was a good person," said John Maynard, Crystal's uncle. "She didn't deserve to die, and especially the way she went." More>>

Deadline is Monday for Cedar Rapids residents with storm damage

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The deadline is approaching for Cedar Rapids residents who received damage during recent heavy rain. More>>

Resource fair for recent Cedar Rapids flash flooding

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Recent heavy rain took a heavy toll on many people in Cedar Rapids as they were impacted by flash flooding. More>>

Cedar Rapids couple's invention hits national market, others may have chance

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Packable Pails, invented and distributed from Iowa, were featured on the Today Show on NBC on July 3. More>>

African American Museum director resigns

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The African American Museum of Iowa announced the resignation of its Executive Director Michael Kates. The African American Museum is a nonprofit organization. Rudy Simms, chairman of the board of directors of the Museum, expressed his gratitude for Kates' service. More>>

Crystal Gaffney and Shaun Hogan: What we know Video included

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Here's what KWWL has learned about Crystal Gaffney, the woman found dead Wednesday morning, and Shaun Hogan, the man accused of killing her: More>>

CC Recycling employee injured in fire in Cedar Rapids

A photo just after the fire began at CC Recycling. (Courtesy Allyson Parker) A photo just after the fire began at CC Recycling. (Courtesy Allyson Parker)
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A person has been taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with burn injuries following a fire in Cedar Rapids. More>>

NEW PHOTO: Linn County releases photo of dead woman's tattoo

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The Linn County Sheriff's Office has released a photo of a tattoo belonging to a woman whose body was found alongside a road early Wednesday morning. More>>

Heroes' Safety Camp continues until Friday

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The Third Annual Heroes' Safety Camp takes place this week in Cedar Rapids, and continues until Friday. The camp for kids is co-sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Fire Dept. and Cedar Rapids Police Dept. More>>

Cedar Rapids crime map shows how safe neighborhoods really are Video included

A new, constantly-updated crime map for Cedar Rapids is now available. A new, constantly-updated crime map for Cedar Rapids is now available.
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Cedar Rapids is rolling it out to the public, in hopes of reducing what seems to be an increasing crime rate in the city. More>>

Linn County offering chainsaw help for storm cleanup

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Heavy rain caused a lot of flooding in Cedar Rapids last week and the cleanup process continues. Houses flooded and many trees were damaged. Now, Linn County is offering its residents some help.  More>>

Cedar Rapids storm cleanup ongoing, city asks for patience Video included

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Chris Carpenter has lived in his Cedar Rapids home for two years. It's flooded before, but the damage from last week's storms is the worst he's seen. More>>

Is your neighborhood safe? Cedar Rapids gets crime map

A new, constantly-updated crime map for Cedar Rapids is now available. A new, constantly-updated crime map for Cedar Rapids is now available.
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How safe is your neighborhood? A new crime mapping tool in Cedar Rapids is helping people figure that out. More>>

Railroad removal impacts Cedar Rapids traffic for 2 weeks

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Some drivers in Cedar Rapids may notice a longer commute for the next two weeks. More>>

Old pots shown in Cedar Rapids

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If you like old pots, your time has come, according to curators at the Cedar Rapids Ceramic Center. More>>

Irish Fest 5k Walk & Run Registration Underway

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Registration is underway for the 2014 Irish Fest 5k Walk Run, set for Saturday, August 2, in downtown Waterloo. Participants can register online until July 31 at SignMeUp.com/98690, or by visiting the Irish Fest website at IowaIrishFest.com. The early registration period has concluded, so registration is now $25.00. After the online registration ends July 31, walk/run participants will need to register in person. The 4th annual Irish Fest 5k Walk and Run is just part of the Irish Fest weeken... More>>

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