Erin Jordan

Cedar Rapids Gazette reporter who occasionally gets to do TV stuff.



Iowa State hopes to form multimillion-dollar Koch deal

Iowa State University hopes to have a final agreement soon with the Charles Koch Foundation for a program studying Midwest economies, despite concern from some economics faculty members the right-leaning foundation would exert influence.

The $3.7 ... »

Ophthalmologist gets O.K. to open outpatient surgery center

After applying five times in more than a decade for state permission to open an outpatient eye surgery center in Cedar Rapids, ophthalmologist Lee Birchansky was given the go-ahead this week.

The State Health Facilities Council voted 3-to-2 in An ... »

Cedar Rapids ophthalmologist tries again for outpatient surgery center

A Cedar Rapids ophthalmologist again will seek permission Wednesday to open an outpatient cataract surgery center, hoping new members on the State Health Facilities Council will be more empathetic to non-hospital providers.

Lee Birchansky, owner ... »

Zwingle Republican named to Iowa Public Information Board

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed a Zwingle Republican to the Iowa Public Information Board last week, filling the nine-member board responsible for enforcing Iowa's open meetings and open records laws.

Monica McHugh will serve a partial term endi ... »

Cedar Rapids teachers need more training to defuse violent behavior: director

CEDAR RAPIDS - Hitting, kicking, pulling hair or throwing objects can be grounds for a public school student to be put in restraint or seclusion. But rather than go that route - which some think does more harm than good - school staff need more tools an ... »

Apprenticeship program at Iowa Department of Corrections has graduated 70

ANAMOSA - Most ex-offenders struggle to get jobs after prison, which can lead them back to crime, national ... »

Cedar Rapids to study school seclusion and restraint

The Cedar Rapids school district will form a task force to study how staff restrains and secludes agitated students, according to an email sent to Pierce Elementary families this week.

The decision follows an April 5 incident - ... »

Bookmobile stop caters to autistic children in Iowa City

IOWA CITY - The bright lights and hubbub of the Iowa City Public Library can be sensory overload for Eleanor Froh, a tall, 5-year-old girl who loves sidewalk chalk and Thomas the Tank Engine.

#x201c;She can't handle it,#x201d; said Jennifer Young ... »

Burlington police records case likely to be delayed

Legal wrangling likely will delay the contested hearing over whether two Iowa law enforcement agencies broke public records law by not releasing documents about a 2015 fatal shooting of a Burlington woman by police.

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Investigation: Cedar Rapids school held girl in closet for crying

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Cedar Rapids school district has admitted Pierce Elementary School staff held a third-grade girl in an unauthorized seclusion room not for being physically aggressive - as the law allows - but because she wouldn't stop crying.