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If you miss a day, you miss a lot, so we’ve made it easier than ever to keep up to date on the newest Gazette headlines with our daily briefings! They’re available on command through Amazon Alexa and Google Home as well as podcast form on desktop and mobile though The Gazette Daily News briefing!

Here's Here's how to get your daily dose of Iowa news from The Gazette:

How to Listen to The Gazette Daily News on Your Amazon Alexa

Simply say "Alexa, enable The Gazette Daily News skill," and your Alexa will automatically add The Gazette Daily News.

After the skill is set up, you can say “Alexa, read The Gazette Daily News””, “Alexa, What’s the news?”, or “Alexa, what's my Flash Briefing?” and you'll hear the most recent briefings.

How to Listen to The Gazette Daily News as a Podcast on Desktop or Mobile Devices

You can also find The Gazette Daily News as a podcast. Either play it from the embedded player on the The Gazette podcast page, or search The Gazette Daily News in your favorite podcast app and subscribe.

How to Listen to The Gazette Daily News Flash Briefing on Amazon Alexa-Enabled Devices

The Gazette’s Daily News can also be set as your flash briefing through the Alexa app on any alexa enabled smartphone or other device.




  1. Install the Amazon Alexa app through the Apple App Store (iPhone) or the Google Play Store (Android) or other relevant app store.
  2. Open the app and tap the menu button on the top left corner.
  3. Tap “settings” at the bottom of the menu.
  4. Tap “Flash Briefing” under “Alexa Preferences.”
  5. Tap the plus sign to the right of “Add Content.”
  6. Tap the magnifying glass in the top right and search “The Gazette Daily News.”
  7. Select The Gazette Daily News skill, then tap “Enable To Use.”
  8. If you have any other Flash Briefings enabled, go back to the Flash briefing settings page, click “edit” in the top right, and slide The Gazette Daily News to the top of the list.
  9. To have your Alexa enabled device read your daily news briefing,


This is Stephen Schmidt from the Gazette digital news desk and I am here with your morning news roundup for Wednesday, December 18th.

Somewhere between zero and freezing. That’s the temperature forecast on Wednesday for the Cedar Rapids area from the National Weather Service. The predicted high will be 23 degrees, with a low in the teens. The windchill, with a wind speed of 5-10 mph, could drop to near zero. Skies should remain sunny until clouding up Wednesday night.

It was a sad Tuesday night for fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes and college football, as legendary coach Hayden Fry passed away at the age of 90. Fry was revered by Hawkeye fans for his Texas charm, as well as his creativity and wit on and off the field. He also could win football games, reviving an Iowa program that had suffered 17 consecutive nonwinning seasons before his arrival in 1978, creating a brand new culture on his path to sharing three Big Ten titles and coaching in 14 bowl games, before his retirement in 1998.

Fry is the second winningest coach in Iowa history. Surpassed only by Kirk Ferentz, one of the many members of Fry’s staff who went on to successful careers.

The Cedar Rapids City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved settling a lawsuit over unpaid speeding tickets from automated traffic cameras. The approval means thousands of people who had their state income taxes withheld last year to pay old automated traffic camera tickets would get refunds, while tens of thousands more unpaid tickets would be waived. This legal dispute was primarily over whether the city could levy the fines retroactively.

The city does not admit wrongdoing in the settlement. Furthermore, the city will continue the use of traffic cameras used to enforce speeding and red-light traffic violations at nine locations, including four on Interstate 380. 

In other city council news, the controversial Cargill rail yard expansion near the Rompot Neighborhood received its third and deciding vote Tuesday night. After two years of trying, Cargill has prevailed against critics from the neighborhood and received the city’s blessing to build a 12-track, 200-car rail yard-- a $6.5 million project.

After two days of jury deliberation, 30-year-old Ezekiel Phillips of Cedar Rapids was found guilty of the shooting death of Tyrice Douglas, as well as injuring his former girlfriend, Mone Dotson. Phillips faces life in prison without parole for the first-degree murder charge.