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Cedar Rapids Headlines 12/18/12


Cedar Rapids City Council Set to Vote on Westdale Redevelopment Plan Tuesday

Westdale Mall

Westdale Mall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) — Getting foot traffic into Westdale Mall has become a big priority for city leaders who want to see it thrive. “The west side is one of the fastest growing sides of town,” says Mayor Ron Corbett.    Banking on those numbers, real estate developers in talks with the city want to put 90 million dollars into tranforming the half-empty complex, currently being held together by stores like JC Penney and Younkers.   Developers want to take that 90 million dollars and create what they describe as a city within a city.    The two big stores J.C. Penney’s and Younkers would stay and they would build around those with condos, retail stores, a park and maybe even a hotel.  City Council members will vote on the 90 million dollar plan at Tuesday’s council meeting.

No Abuse Found After Dog Found Dead Outside CR School

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) – Investigators say a puppy found dead outside a Cedar Rapids school died from natural causes.  Last month, several viewers called CBS 2 believing the puppy was killed by kids outside of Taylor Elementary.  The puppy was transported to ames for further investigation.  This afternoon, the Cedar Rapids School District told CBS 2 the results of that examination turned upno evidence of abuse.  They say the puppy had a significant amount of heart disease and likely died of heart failure.

Cedar Rapid’s Animal Care and Control group held their third annual PAWS for the Holidays Bazaar and Silent Auction

Paws

Paws (Photo credit: Mrs Magic)

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)—The Cedar Rapid’s Animal Care and Control group held their third annual PAWS for the Holidays Bazaar and Silent Auction Saturday in hopes of raising money to care for the city’s stray and surrendered animals.There was fine jewelry, Christmas baskets, and more than a dozen volunteers dressed as elves at the event. Shoppers browsed more than 120 items, shelling out big bucks for homeless animals.     “This money helps get it that extra special veterinary care.”  Webber says the city’s $800,000 budget just doesn’t cover the shelter’s needs. “Some of the stuff has to come through donations,” Webber said.  The money isn’t just for medical care but also for making more room for the animals. The shelter houses approximately 150 stray dogs and cats and surrendered pets per day.
They’re hoping some of the money will go toward the new shelter they’re opening October 2013 at Kirkwood Community College.

Cedar Rapids School District & Police Say School Safety Plan is in Place

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) — It’s the end of the school day at Taylor School on the southwest side. Children rush to the buses and others to cars with their parents. At school district headquarters, a joint press conference with school leaders and police.“It is a school persons worst nightmare,” says Dr. Dave Benson, Superintendent.The nightmare, Dr. Benson referred to stems from the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. District leaders took time Friday to easethe minds of Cedar Rapids parents, reminding them of the safetymeasures the district takes to keep schools safe. “We do have a lock door policy and a buzz in policy,” says Benson.  District leaders say while they can’t go into detailed specifics of the Active Shooter Response and Awareness plan, they can tell us police response teams are constantly training and ready.  Police and school officials are also urging parents to have an appropriate conversation with their children about protecting themselves at school.  “We’re not wanting to create fear or paranoia amongst our community but to better prepare it, the only way we can prepare for something like this is to educate,” says Sgt. Cristy Hamblin.

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Ben Lange Press Release (Debate with Rod Blum on May 21, 2012)


May 2, 2012

Press Release
For Immediate Release

Ben Lange to Debate Primary Opponent May 21st in Cedar Rapids

INDEPENDENCE, IA – U.S. congressional candidate Ben Lange has accepted an invitation to participate in a 1st congressional district debate sponsored by the Five Seasons Republican Women of Cedar Rapids.

What: 1st Congressional District Debate

When: Monday, May 21st, 7:00pm (Doors Open at 6:30pm)

Where: Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Hall – RM 234 – Auditorium, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

KCRG-TV9 has expressed interest in broadcasting this event and the Lange campaign is hopeful such coverage will be possible.

Lange has participated in multiple joint appearances with his primary opponent thus far, and is looking forward to additional joint appearances in the future for the benefit of voters in Iowa’s 1st congressional district. Lange’s opponent was also offered the opportunity to participate in debate at an April forum in Benton County but declined to respond to the invitation.

Ben Lange is a faithful husband and loving dad to three little girls. He grew up in a working class family in Quasqueton, IA. He was the first in his family to earn a four-year college degree. Ben was the 2010 Republican Nominee for U.S. Congress in Iowa’s 1st congressional district. After winning his Primary by 30 points, he united the Republican Party and, despite being outspent by Braley’s campaign committee nearly 5 to 1, Ben held Braley to less than 50% of the total vote and fell short by a mere 1.95%. Today, Ben has established one of the state’s best organizational and financial infrastructures. He has recruited a Steering Committee consisting of a broad coalition of activists, officials, and community leaders to help guide his candidacy, and he has earned the support of Republican state senators and representatives throughout the new 1st district.

Read more about Ben Lange.

Interview Requests

Contact: Jake Braunger

Email: jake.braunger@langeforcongress.com

Mobile: 712-898-7139

PAID FOR BY LANGE FOR CONGRESS 2012

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