Latest Cedar Rapids News

Workers OK contract at General Mills’ Cedar Rapids plant

Nov. 15, 2019 7:39 AM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Union leaders say workers have ratified a contract for the General Mills processing plant in Cedar Rapids. Local 110 of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union said Thursday the three-year agreement reached last week covering the 520 workers will “ensure the...

Iowa man pleads guilty to making bomb threats against Trump

Nov. 13, 2019 1:20 PM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill President Donald Trump with homemade bombs. The Gazette reports that 25-year-old Christian Delatorre, of Dubuque, entered the plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. The charge: willfully threatening to take the...

Judge overturns firing of teacher in black baby doll case

Nov. 12, 2019 11:44 AM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge has overturned the firing of a Cedar Rapids teacher who'd been criticized for how a black baby doll was left hanging in her classroom. The Cedar Rapids Community School District board had terminated Tammy Ryan's teaching contract at Metro Alternative High School. A social...

Man charged with 1st-degree murder convicted of lesser crime

Nov. 11, 2019 6:49 AM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man charged with first-degree murder in Linn County has been found guilty of a lesser charge, involuntary manslaughter. The Gazette reports that 32-year-old Donald Harris was acquitted of two other charges Friday: robbery and going armed with intent. The online court records...

Court: Iowa college can't count value of Grant Wood panels

Nov. 8, 2019 2:56 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A small Eastern Iowa liberal arts college must continue to carry seven donated paintings by artist Grant Wood on its books as restricted assets unavailable for sale, the Iowa Supreme Court said Friday, dealing a financial blow to the college's endowment fund which can't count the...

Union: Deal reached for General Mills plant in Cedar Rapids

Nov. 8, 2019 11:24 AM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Union leaders say they've reached a tentative contract agreement for more than 500 workers at General Mills' processing plant in Cedar Rapids. Local 110 of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union said Friday that the contract could be ratified as soon as Thursday. Details...

Cedar Rapids workers reject latest General Mills offer

Nov. 7, 2019 8:27 AM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — General Mills and union officials say they'll meet Thursday to work on a contract that would avert a strike following the union's rejection of the company's latest offer for the Cedar Rapids plant. Officials say 99% of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union's Local 110...

Man accused of ATM card scheme takes plea deal

Nov. 7, 2019 6:29 AM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man accused of using bogus cards to steal money from ATMs in the Cedar Rapids area has taken a plea deal. The Gazette reports that 21-year-old Romica Martuica, who is from Romania, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court. The charges: illegal transactions with an access...

How top 2020 Democrats are trying to win over union members

Nov. 5, 2019 2:04 PM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Bernie Sanders lives 1,100 miles away in Vermont but, sharing a stage with three union leaders and four bales of hay at a racetrack amid Iowa cornfields, he couldn't have been more at home. "Let me thank you all for being here, my union brothers and sisters," the Vermont senator...

Man gets 18 months for defrauding homeowners association

Nov. 4, 2019 9:42 AM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Marion man has been imprisoned for defrauding a homeowners association out of nearly $125,000. The Gazette reports that 55-year-old Wayne Jones Jr. was given 18 months at his sentencing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. He'd pleaded guilty to wire fraud....