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Iowa's child care quality rating system struggles with low participation rates

Between running for the state legislature, managing a registered in-home day care and holding state-certified child care provider trainings, Cedar Rapids resident Tracy Ehlert stays busy.

But Ehlert, a registered child care provider since 2008, ... »

Data: Research commercialization at Iowa's universities

Focusing on research can be big business for Iowa's universities.

A single "home run" invention can yield tens of millions of dollars. And as ... »

Solar eclipse: Iowans look upward, but clouds get in the way

Canceling class on the first day of school is fairly uncommon. But, then again, so are solar eclipses.

So at a time when throngs of new and returning University of Iowa students should have been crisscrossing the campus to get to class, hundreds e ... »

Important role of women during World War II highlighted at re-enactment event

CEDAR RAPIDS - In the last 12 years, Eastern Iowa resident Katie Evans estimates she's participated in 100 war re-enactments.

Evans' role at the fourth annual World War II Remembered event in Cedar Rapids this weekend was that of a Czech partisan ... »

Teachers spend big for students in need

When Cedar Rapids kindergarten teacher Tiffany Orr goes to the grocery store each week, she buys a box of granola bars for her students.

A teacher at Arthur Elementary, Orr gives the bars to students whose families may not be able to afford break ... »

‘Once in a lifetime chance:’ Eastern Iowans hitting the road to view Monday’s solar eclipse

CEDAR RAPIDS - Andy Carr isn't particularly interested in astronomy, but he and his two teenage daughters are planning to drive upward of 10 hours on Monday to see the total solar eclipse in Missouri.

#x201c;One of my daughters is grown, and one ... »

Solar eclipse sparks celebrations, astrology readings in Eastern Iowa

On Monday afternoon, Cedar Rapids resident Sai Havock will experience heightened psychic abilities.

A solar eclipse will be visible over Cedar Rapids that day, and Havock - who will hold Tarot card readings at New Pioneer Food Co-op - says the as ... »

Grey Area Music Festival: 20 local bands set to take the stage at new music fest

The first-ever Grey Area Music Festival, taking place near Iowa City next weekend, is sure to be a #x201c;good vibes situation#x201d; with a #x201c;down-home Iowa#x201d; feel, if all goes according to organizer Luke Tweedy's plans.

The festival, h ... »

Cedar Rapids centenarians celebrated at event

CEDAR RAPIDS - Lorraine Hass was 9 months old when William H. Taft was elected president in November 1908.

She was 12 when women won the right to vote in the United States, 20 when penicillin was discovered, 33 when Pearl Harbor was attacked and 5 ... »

The future of Iowa’s forests ‘can go either way’

Last month's announcement by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources of layoffs and dissolution of the Forestry Bureau in response to a $1.2 million budget cut shocked some conservation advocacy groups and raised questions about the future of the state ... »