RAGBRAI heads to Independence

INDEPENDENCE — Residents of this Buchanan County community, the last overnight stop on the 2014 RAGBRAI, are preparing for a quadrupling of the city’s population when an estimated 15,000 cyclists — plus their support personnel [...]

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Corridor jobless rate rises in June

The unemployment rates in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City rose last month primarily because of seasonal job losses in education.

Cedar Rapids’ jobless rate increased to 4.6 percent in June from 4.2 percent in May as 6,800 residents were un [...]

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RAGBRAI Disaster team ready if needed

INDEPENDENCE — A 28-member disaster response team will provide behind-the-scenes support in the event of a disaster when a RAGBRAI throng estimated at 15,000 rolls into town on Friday.

Independence is the first “community in RA [...]

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Cedar Rapids airport names operations director

The Eastern Iowa Airport has named a northern Kentucky airport executive as its new director of operations.

David “Gene” Cossey was previously senior manager of airside operations and safety at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky [...]

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Architecture Billings Index improves

The Architecture Billings Index, an economic indicator for construction activity, improved in June, rising from 52.6 in May to 53.5.

The index reflects the approximate nine to 12 month lead time between architecture billings and construction [...]

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Iowa’s corn, soybean crops looking good

Iowa’s corn and soybean crops continue to be reported in good to excellent condition, but soil moisture levels declined in the most recent week because of a lack of rainfall across most of the state.

Topsoil moisture levels were rated [...]

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North Liberty plans to start a Penn Landing farmers market

North Liberty will kickoff its first farmers market on August 3 after nearly three years of a market hiatus.

Penn Landing will host the market every other Sunday afternoon through October 26 from noon to 3 p.m. North Liberty’s prior m [...]

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TransAsia Airways plane crashes in typhoon-hit Taiwan

A TransAsia Airways turboprop plane crashed on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on an island off Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 47 people and setting buildings on fire, officials said.

The plane, a 70-seat ATR 72, crashed ne [...]

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Chrome Horse suffers significant damage during early morning fire

Cedar Rapids firefighters responded to the blaze at 1 a.m. after a passer-by reported smoke coming out of the four-story brick building. Responding firefighters encountered smoke coming out of the 12th Avenue side of the building and out of the wi [...]

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Agriculture leaders, EPA spar over regulations

WASHINGTON — The war of words between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Iowa’s agricultural interests is heating up — and not even face-to-face meetings seem to be easing tensions.

This week, Sen. Chuck Grassl [...]

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Feds propose new rules for trains carrying flammable liquids in outdated cars

Outdated train cars carrying flammable liquids across Iowa and the rest of the country would be phased out within two years under a new proposal from the U.S. Transportation Department.

During the phaseout, trains carrying highly-flammable l [...]

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Branstad: “outlandish” state wasn’t told about immigrant children

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad said Wednesday it is “outlandish” that undocumented children are being placed in Iowa without any notification to state officials by the federal government.

Branstad said he has a lot of [...]

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Five in Custody After Shots Fired, High-Speed Chase Through Two Counties

SOLON, Iowa — The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says five people are in custody after chasing a vehicle into Johnson County Wednesday night.

Linn County Deputies say the driver of a pickup truck matching a truck involved in a sh [...]

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Clayton County city, Millville, disincorporates

Millville, a widening of the shoulder of Highway 52 south of Guttenberg, ranked in 2012 as one of Iowa’s 10 smallest cities, with 29 residents.

The Clayton County town, tucked between bluffs, the Turkey River and Highway 52, got off t [...]

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Gov. Branstad says conflicting court rulings adding to health care uncertainty

ALTOONA – Gov. Terry Branstad said Wednesday Iowans are caught in a wait-and-see dilemma due to court rulings that have heaped more uncertainty on a federal Obamacare health system that has been beset with challenges.

During a stop at [...]

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