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Thursday morning read: Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week kicks off, Fetal heartbeat abortion bill revived, Fate of traffic cameras uncertain

Open Faced Ribeye Cheesesteak Tower with hand-Cut Ribeye, sautéed bell peppers, onions, blend of wild mushrooms, gran cru cheese, and garlic aioli at The Class Act Restaurant inside The Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids on Monday, Mar. 12, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Open Faced Ribeye Cheesesteak Tower with hand-Cut Ribeye, sautéed bell peppers, onions, blend of wild mushrooms, gran cru cheese, and garlic aioli at The Class Act Restaurant inside The Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids on Monday, Mar. 12, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

Fetal heartbeat abortion bill revived- A procedural move that minority Democrats called “bait-and-switch” has set up a high-stakes funnel week showdown on legislation that would ban abortions as early as the sixth week of pregnancy.

The so-called “fetal heartbeat” bill looked like it would be a victim of the Iowa Legislature’s second funnel deadline — which requires bills to be approved by one chamber and a committee in the other by Friday to be eligible for future consideration this session. Read more...

 

Love for local: Restaurant Week highlights locally grown food- In the microgreens room of Kirkwood Community College’s 7,000 square foot greenhouse, horticulture students help grow herbs and salad greens all year-round. Nearby, in the aquaponics and hydroponics room, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers grow on vines wrapped around twine and suspended over irrigated buckets.

Even in the middle of winter, these efforts mean The Class Act, the student-run restaurant at the college’s Hotel at Kirkwood, can serve up fresh produce. Read more...

Fate of traffic cameras uncertain as Iowa House moves for regulations- Possibly leaving the fate of automated traffic cameras unresolved for another legislative session, Iowa House members Wednesday rejected the idea of banning the devices and chose instead to impose strict regulations.

The vote to regulate puts the House at odds with the Senate, which earlier this year approved a ban.

That means the amended bill dealing with the cameras used in Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City and other communities must head back to the Senate — where a key senator said he won’t be happy “until they are all gone.” Read more...

Winter heats up as SaPaDaPaSo prepares for annual paradin' of the green- The roads will rise up to meet thousands of spectators, walkers, riders and floaters Saturday afternoon, for the 43rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Cedar Rapids.

St. Patrick himself, otherwise known as Steve Bryant of Cedar Rapids, will step off at 1 p.m., leading about 100 units snaking through downtown avenues and streets on the traditional parade route, appropriately ending at Greene Square. A green stripe will mark the way, with color guards at the front, as well. Read more...

Hlas: Big Ten will mow through (most of) NCAA tourney- Were it up to me channel my inner Russian and meddle with the results, I’d have Iowa playing Drake in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament championship game.

If either still is playing a week from today, it will be the basketball story of the year in the state. Frankly, Iowa’s Megan Gustafson already is that.

For a sports writer in a college-dominated market, it feels empty to be watching the first week of the NCAA men’s tourney at home. Just how do we do this, anyway? Where does one go in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area to see multiple screens at once and be around other people who care about this silliness? Read more...

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