Monday Morning Read: Cedar Rapids looks to subsidize ramp in 'over-parked' MedQuarter; Eastern Iowa Health Center marks 10 years; Iowa City retailers caught selling tobacco to minors

The MedQuarter Regional Medical District including St. Luke’s Hospital, Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion, and Mercy Medical Center in an aerial photograph. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
The MedQuarter Regional Medical District including St. Luke’s Hospital, Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion, and Mercy Medical Center in an aerial photograph. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

TODAY’S WEATHER — Mostly sunny, warm. High 49, low 32.

CEDAR RAPIDS LOOKS TO SUBSIDIZE RAMP IN ‘OVER-PARKED’ MEDQUARTER — Cedar Rapids taxpayers are being asked to help underwrite a 450-stall parking ramp for an expansion of Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa in an area a 2013 study said is flush with parking — but that, officials say, is inconvenient for this project. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2oCJ0Ft

EASTERN IOWA HEALTH CENTER MARKS 10 YEARS — On Friday, Mary Lawshea visited her primary care provider. Lawshea is one of thousands of patients who have received care at the Eastern Iowa Health Center, a Cedar Rapids provider that offers health care for an underserved population across Eastern Iowa. The center celebrated its 10-year anniversary in November. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2zgn9am

IOWA CITY RETAILERS CAUGHT SELLING TOBACCO TO MINORS — Nine Iowa City businesses failed a tobacco law compliance check earlier this month by selling tobacco or other nicotine or vapor products to underage buyers. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2otU485

IOWA WOMEN ROLL OVER PANTHERS — Lisa Bluder is well into her 50s, but can still move when the need arises. And when your starting point guard lands in a heap and doesn’t get up, that qualifies. “I was nervous,” Bluder said in reference to Tania Davis’ knee injury in the first half of Iowa’s 71-47 women’s basketball win over Northern Iowa in front of 3,008 Sunday afternoon at the McLeod Center. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2CyPdEz

QUOTABLE — “(President Trump) seems overwhelmed by the task. I didn’t vote for him, but I was hoping some things would change. I don’t think anything’s really changed — for the better, anyway.” Nick Ford of Cedar Rapids, responding to a Des Moines Register poll on the president’s job performance

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