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Downtown skywalk project comes back to haunt Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — State and federal transportation officials are telling the Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization to make major changes in its operation or face the possible suspension of about $4-million in annual federal aid.

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Iowa City considers $1.75M tax break for mall renovation

IOWA CITY — City officials are considering a $1.75 million tax incentive to help renovate the old Von Maur location in Iowa City Marketplace for continue »


Marion trash-sorting facility delayed

MARION — Maryland-based Fiberight LLC had expected to begin construction in June on a $15 million facility to grab organic material in garbage to convert into ethanol at a corn-ethanol plant it is renovating in Blairstown in Benton County.< [...]

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Corbett recalls Mount Pleasant mayor’s murder

CEDAR RAPIDS — Many local elected officials in Iowa over age 50 remember the irate homeowner angry over a sewer backup who shot and killed Mount Pleasant Mayor Edd King and wounded two council members in 1986 at a City Council meeting.

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Could public-safety drones land in Cedar Rapids?

CEDAR RAPIDS — City Council member Justin Shields was the lone opposition in a 2007 Council vote that ended the 35-year run of the city’s fleet of police copters.

This week, Shields — who chairs the council’s Publ [...]

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Cedar Rapids gets first state check for flood protection

CEDAR RAPIDS — The check isn't in the mail. It's here.

The city of Cedar Rapids has received its first installment payment from the state of Iowa of what will be $264 million over as long as 20 years to help the city build a flood-pr [...]

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Iowa City considering ban on e-cigarettes on public property

IOWA CITY — The Iowa City Council is interested in banning the use of so-called electronic cigarettes on public property — and possibly in private workplaces, too.

The city is holding off on that latter move, although City Cou [...]

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New site for Cedar Rapids rec center adds $500,000 to bill

CEDAR RAPIDS — Building a new city recreation facility to replace the flood-ruined Time-Check Recreation Center will cost a half-million dollars more than expected because of where the City Council decided to put it.

The reason: The l [...]

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Cedar Rapids council supports facade improvement, startup programs

CEDAR RAPIDS — The City Council has agreed to spend $100,000 on two new projects, $50,000 on a downtown facade-improvement program and the same amount to back an entrepreneurial start-up support venture.

In the facade fix-up initiativ [...]

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Linn sales-tax change makes for winners and losers

CEDAR RAPIDS — Getting voters to approve the 1 percent local-option sales tax in the metro area here has been no picnic.

When in place, though, the tax has delivered a pretty predictable, stable stream of annual income to cities in Li [...]

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Cedar Rapids will not move, take down I-380 speed cameras, officials say

CEDAR RAPIDS — The City of Cedar Rapids announced Thursday it won’t take down, move or turn off two speed cameras that the Iowa Department of Transportation says continue »


Flood protection takes steps at CRST site, amphitheater entrance

CEDAR RAPIDS — The City Council took two interesting steps Tuesday night for Cedar River flood protection.

In the first, the council agreed to an arrangement where CRST International Inc. will incorporate a flood wall and pump station [...]

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Cedar Rapids City Council to sort through latest incentive deals

CEDAR RAPIDS — Two high-profile development projects, one downtown and one in New Bohemia, apparently are going to cost city officials relatively more in incentives than they had expected.

On Tuesday, the developer of the Coventry Lof [...]

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Iowa City patches eroded trails in Hickory Hill Park

IOWA CITY — Iowa City officials have patched some trails in Hickory Hill Park where park supporters warned of safe [...]

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City administrator gets raise in Coralville

CORALVILLE — Coralville City Administrator Kelly Hayworth is set to get a 3.25 percent increase in his total compensation.

After a performance review, the City Council is supporting setting Hayworth’s salary at $169,197 and def [...]

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