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Cedar Rapids Mayor Corbett Says He's Challenging Reynolds for Governor

Cedar Rapids two-term mayor, Ron Corbett, used a picnic atmosphere in a section of that city rebuilt after flood destruction to announce he’s running for governor. Corbett is leaving no doubt he’ll be leveraging his record in leading Cedar Rapids back from the disastrous flooding nearly a decade ago. “And so it’s today in this resilient city of Cedar Rapids that I stand proudly and announce that I’m going to run for Governor and bring a new plan to this state,” he said. And that means...

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One of the biggest threats to global agriculture these days is a tiny, bright red weevil.

These little crimson devils eviscerate coconut, date and oil palms, and are native to South Asia. But thanks to globalization, and the fact that these tenacious buggers can fly up to 30 miles a day — over the last three decades they've spread to more than 60 countries from the Caribbean to Southern Europe.

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Some coastal areas in Texas and Louisiana are under a tropical storm warning and forecasters are warning of potential heavy flooding as Tropical Storm Cindy moved inland from the Gulf of Mexico Thursday morning.

Severe weather and flooding has already been reported over the last two days along the Gulf Coast. The storm made landfall early Thursday morning near the Texas/Louisiana border, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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President Donald Trump held a campaign-style rally in Cedar Rapids Wednesday night. Around 6,000 people were there to see his first visit to Iowa as president.

President Trump celebrated recent Republican wins in special congressional elections, touted his accomplishments as president, and criticized Democrats and the media.

"While we are here tonight to celebrate the amazing progress that we’ve already made—and we have made amazing progress—we’re also here to lay out the next steps in our incredible movement to make America great again," Trump said.

Jeon Chung-won tends sheep on the hilly farm where he was born in PyeongChang, a rural county a few hours' drive east of South Korea's capital Seoul.

"It's a simple, peaceful place where the mountain air hugs you," says Jeon, 32. "I really love this place."

Only a handful of domestic tourists typically come to PyeongChang, to hike green hills dotted with Buddhist temples or visit a small ski station nearby. But that is about to change.

For the hundreds of rural U.S. hospitals struggling to stay in business, health policy decisions made in Washington, D.C., this summer could make survival a lot tougher.

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Canadian musician Elizabeth Powell began writing songs as a teenager in Ontario. She met the other original members of Land Of Talk while she was studying jazz at Concordia University in Montreal. The band released their first EP in 2006, followed by the debut Land Of Talk full-length album in 2008. After one more album, the band went on hiatus in 2011. After a few years of uncertainty and introspection, Powell is back with an appealing new Land Of talk record titled Life After Youth. https:/...

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J.S. Bach: A Caffeinated Composer

Though coffee consumption was illegal in much of Germany during his lifetime, the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach was a known frequenter of Leipzig’s many coffee houses. His famously exuberant personality could have easily been attributed to his avid coffee drinking. So enthusiastic was he about the beverage that he composed a secular cantata about it entitled “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Be still, stop chattering)” better known as the Coffee Cantata . Whether Bach’s Mass in B Minor...

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