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City Circle Acting Company merging with Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

CORALVILLE — A City Council vote Tuesday cleared the way for a local acting company to merge with Coralville’s 3-year-old performing arts center.

The Coralville City Council unanimously approved the deal uniting the Coralville [...]

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North Liberty moving forward with special census

NORTH LIBERTY — The City Council has approved a special census that, when completed, could add hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to the city’s streets budget.

The council unanimously approved Tuesday plans to embark on [...]

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Indian Creek Nature Center wants 78 acres of city-owned land

CEDAR RAPIDS — Indian Creek nature center wants to acquire 78 acres of city land for free that it currently leases for $1 a year and has managed for the city since 1973.

John Myers, the center’s executive director, said Monday [...]

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Disease balancing act: Experts walk the line between informing and scaring the public

IOWA CITY — Television crews stalked a Dallas apartment last week where a man from Liberia became the first Ebola patient diagnosed on U.S. soil. National media outlets sent breaking news alerts Wednesday when that man — Thomas Eric Du [...]

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Cedar Rapids sells former parks office on 42nd Street NE

CEDAR RAPIDS — The City Council this week agreed to sell a city-owned office building at 3601 42nd St. NE that had housed the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and more recently, the city’s Information Technology Departme [...]

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Cedar Rapids council backs three TIF deals

CEDAR RAPIDS — Three tax increment financing or TIF incentives were endorsed this week by the City Council.

The projects that will benefit include The Hunter Companies’ project to build a $12 million office building for Berthel [...]

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City plans to extend exclusivity pact with casino investors

CEDAR RAPIDS — City officials haven’t given up on the Cedar Crossing Casino.

The City Council on Tuesday is slated to add two years to its five-year memorandum of understanding with casino investors and the non-profit aligned w [...]

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No council support for new Wal-Mart store in Cedar Rapids, mayor says

CEDAR RAPIDS — Fights over issues in Cedar Rapids require someone on the city council to be for something and someone to be against it, Mayor Ron Corbett said on Monday.

Corbett said he could not imagine a fight over Wal-Mart’s [...]

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Cedar Rapids police propose change to security camera ordinance

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Police Department is proposing an amendment to the city code which would require more businesses to have surveillance cameras.

Under the proposed amendment to Chapter 60A of the Municipal Code, business [...]

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Cedar Rapids parking permits to see rate hike

CEDAR RAPIDS — Monthly permit rates at several Cedar Rapids public parking facilities are set to increase beginning Jan. 1.

The increases, which range from $5 to $10 extra per month, will affect about three-quarters, or about 3,000, o [...]

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Eastern Iowa business owners notice new property-tax break

CEDAR RAPIDS — No business owner has a shorter walk to pay a property-tax bill in person than Ken Davidson.

Davidson’s Auto Shop, 924 Second St. SW, in Cedar Rapids, sits directly across from the Linn County Public Service Cent [...]

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Audit: FEMA should have contributed $10.8 million less to new Cedar Rapids library

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Federal Emergency Management Agency contributed $10.83 million more than it should have for the city’s new, $46 million downtown public library, a federal audit concludes.

However, the audit by the Office of [...]

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Cedar Rapids fall leaf collection changing to every-other week

CEDAR RAPIDS — Leaf vacuum collection in Cedar Rapids is changing from an every-week to an every-other week schedule this fall, city officials said Friday.

The change is being made because city crews were struggling to keep up with th [...]

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More plaintiffs join class-action lawsuit over Cedar Rapids traffic cameras

CEDAR RAPIDS — A class-action lawsuit challenging automated traffic cameras in Cedar Rapids has been expanded to include six more plaintiffs in addition to the original two.

An amendment to the lawsuit was filed on Monday in Linn Coun [...]

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Test smokes out improper connections to Cedar Rapids sewer system

CEDAR RAPIDS — Smoke on Tuesday morning was spewing out of sewer manholes on quiet Nilson Road NE and out of vent stacks on the roofs of homes there just like it should have.

None of the non-toxic smoke came out of the wrong places &# [...]

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