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2008-08-06 15:00:56

By Diane Heldt, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Aug. 6--CEDAR FALLS -- University Hospitals in Iowa City lost an estimated $6 million in patient care revenue when the hospital was forced to cut back on clinic and surgical services during the June flood. That loss is based on the expected revenue from inpatient and outpatient services based on the January through May earnings, compared to the actual patient revenue the hospital received in June, officials told the state Board of Regents...

2008-08-04 12:01:14

By Kristina Andino, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Aug. 4--Nine Eastern Iowa school districts were among 60 that received reminder letters at the end of last school year from the Iowa Department of Education that they could be entering dangerous financial waters. A school cannot legally spend more money in a year than it has in "spending authority" -- like the limit on a credit card. But the 60 districts that received letters in March were on track to do just that when the financial...

2008-08-03 12:00:21

By Eric Clark, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Aug. 3--C EDAR RAPIDS -- Jane Pini doesn't have much in common with "Honky-Tonk Highway" by Rob Nassif. Pini is an old-school rock 'n' roll singer, while "HonkyTonk Highway" is a musical about a fictional country music star. However, both Pini and "Honky-Tonk Highway" scribe Nassif are Cedar Rapids natives. They're also the featured entertainers for this year's Cabaret in the Courtyard at Brucemore, starting with "Honky-Tonk Highway" this...

2008-08-02 12:00:42

By Meredith Hines-Dochterman, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Aug. 2--C EDAR RAPIDS -- It was a routine ultrasound that changed their lives. Kevin and Heidi Schmidt were halfway through their first pregnancy, with everything progressing as it should. Then the screen revealed something abnormal. The couple was referred to University Hospitals, where doctors determined the left side of the baby's heart was not developing properly. The baby would have to undergo several surgeries...

2008-08-01 15:00:18

By James Q. Lynch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Aug. 1--CEDAR RAPIDS -- Barack Obama challenged a Cedar Rapids audience to follow their gut and "take a chance on change" when they vote for president this fall. "Most Americans know in their gut that we've got to change," the presumptive Democratic nominee said at Coe College on Thursday. Billed as an economic security town hall meeting, Obama spent most of his time talking about energy and chiding John McCain and Republicans for a...

2008-08-01 12:00:54

By Jennifer Hemmingsen, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Aug. 1--CONESVILLE -- Eight migrant workers say they were unfairly fired from their jobs picking watermelon and detasseling corn here, and they've called on Mexican immigration officials for help. "We're hard workers, but we're not animals," Miguel Hernandez Martinez, 37, of Colima, Mexico, told The Gazette through an interpreter. Seven of the men are from Colima and arrived here last month to work for Lone Tree farmer Thomas...

2008-07-31 12:00:59

By James Q. Lynch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jul. 31--Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama's advice to motorists Wednesday to tune up their vehicles and make sure they have air in their tires is a woefully inadequate response to high energy costs, John McCain's Iowa campaign chairman said Wednesday. However, Dave Roederer welcomed Obama's return to Iowa today for a meeting with flood victims and an 11:30 a.m. economic security town hall meeting at the Coe College Eby...

2008-07-27 12:00:39

By James Q. Lynch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jul. 27--CEDAR RAPIDS -- Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who has endorsed a plan to shift more than 20 percent of America's electric production from natural gas to wind power, said in a visit to Cedar Rapids last week that converting to homegrown energy sources is in the best interest of the nation's economy, environment and security. Miller-Meeks, an Ottumwa Republican challenging U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack in Iowa's 2nd District, toured Clipper...

2008-07-26 21:00:28

By Stephen Schmidt, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jul. 26--CEDAR RAPIDS -- More than 50 parents and their children gathered for a petition rally near Taylor Elementary School on Saturday, arguing that the Cedar Rapids School District should use modular buildings provided by FEMA to house students instead of canceling Taylor's 2008-2009 school year. At several small tables a few feet from the flood-damaged school, concerned parents signed petitions and expressed their concerns about the...

2008-07-24 12:01:12

By Kristina Andino, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jul. 24--CEDAR RAPIDS -- Cedar Rapids school leaders say they will ask the federal government for $6 million to provide services and free meals this school year to hundreds of students displaced by the June flooding. An estimated 1,800 students in the 17,600-student district live in areas that flooded. Many of them will be considered homeless this fall under federal education law, prompting the request for additional financial aid under...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.