B.A. Morelli

Reporter in Iowa. Send news tips to brian.morelli@thegazette.com.



Cedar Rapids residents fuming over fireworks

CEDAR RAPIDS - The fledgling fireworks experiment in Cedar Rapids has already gotten #x201c;out of control,#x201d; some residents say.

The explosions go boom, boom, boom for hours, night after night, all across the city. It distresses pets, milita ... »

Cedar Rapids Freedom Ride title draws criticism for similarity to Civil Rights initiative

CEDAR RAPIDS - An official with the Freedom Festival in Cedar Rapids says organizers plan to stop referring to the Freedom Ride by that name after drawing criticism for appropriating the name of a painful Civil Rights era initiative.

Robyn Rieckho ... »

More time needed to convert one-way streets in downtown Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS - Just as elected officials called to speed up the timeline for unscrambling the intermixed one-way and two-way streets confounding motorists in downtown Cedar Rapids, city staff say the schedule is behind by as much as a year from plans pr ... »

New lease on life for Ladd Library

CEDAR RAPIDS - Seventeen-year-old Jose Juarez sat in a Navy blue arm chair reading #x201c;The Dog Who Saved Christmas,#x201d; alternating chapters with Yolanda Hernandez, 11, who sat in the next chair in the back of Ladd Library.

With school close ... »

‘He is able to connect with me’ C.R. crowd satisfied with what Trump had to say

CEDAR RAPIDS - Mary Waddell didn't drive over from Davenport to learn something new or hear promises from President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

She watches the news and knows what the president has done and where he stands. She just came to see h ... »

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett to run for governor

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett formally declared Tuesday his Republican candidacy for governor, saying he is poised to shake up the 2018 race with a #x201c;new game plan#x201d; for Iowa.

A former Speaker of the Iowa House and two-te ... »

Tweaked Section 8 rules move forward

CEDAR RAPIDS - Rule changes for the federal rental assistance program known as Section 8 are being tweaked after a legal organization criticized proposals as creating #x201c;significant negative consequences#x201d; for some of the area's most vulnerable ... »

Corbett named to panel to shape Trump infrastructure plan

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett has been selected to serve on the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Infrastructure Task Force, which is charged with helping develop President Donald Trump's infrastructure plan.

Corbett said he was asked t ... »

Mayor Ron Corbett to announce gubernatorial plans at Tuesday event

CEDAR RAPIDS - NewBo City Market is slated as the site where Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett will announce whether he will seek the Republican nomination for governor on Tuesday.

The announcement event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Tuesday at NewBo ... »

Pay your Cedar Rapids parking tickets in blood

CEDAR RAPIDS - This summer, people with Cedar Rapids parking tickets can pay them off by donating blood.

The Citation Forgiveness Blood Drives allow those with Cedar Rapids parking violations to help those in need while at the same time settling ... »