Thursday Morning Read: Local Catholics honor 'first class relic,' Linn County opposes Wild Rose, Iowa joins DACA lawsuit

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TODAY’S WEATHER — Partly sunny, pleasant. High 72, low 48.

LOCAL CATHOLICS HONOR ‘FIRST CLASS RELIC’ — Like dozens of others, Marlene and Jerome Greiner of Cedar Rapids left St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in tears Wednesday afternoon after visiting a reliquary containing a vial of the late Pope John Paul II’s blood. Marlene Greiner said she hopes the Iowans visiting the relic this week leave with “the feeling that there’s still hope in the world. Right now, we really need that.” Read more:

LINN COUNTY OPPOSES WILD ROSE PROPOSAL — The majority of Linn County Supervisors have reaffirmed their support for the proposed Cedar Crossing Casino, while also taking shots at the casino’s “boutique” competitor Wild Rose. Supervisor Brent Oleson, a member of the Linn County Gaming Association, a not-for-profit group formed to apply for the gaming license, proposed the resolution, which he said raises questions of fairness as the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission considers competing casino proposals. Read more:

IOWA JOINS DACA LAWSUIT — Iowa’s attorney general has joined with 15 other attorneys general to sue the federal government over Tuesday’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Read more:

KERNELS WIN PLAYOFF OPENER — Jimmy Kerrigan apologized to his manager postgame Wednesday night. “Sorry for not getting the bunt down,” the Cedar Rapids Kernels outfielder told Tommy Watkins, as they passed each other in the hallway of the home clubhouse at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Watkins just gave him a big hug. All is forgiven when you come up with the winning hit. Read more:

QUOTABLE“We are reducing the number of people by attrition mainly, and mainly in non-patient care areas like administration. We are trying to flatten the organization and make sure we can deliver the same service, but without all the people.” Jean Robillard, outgoing vice president for medical affairs of UI Health Care and dean of the Carver College of Medicine, on staff reductions at UIHC

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