Thursday morning read: Hurricane aid shouldn't affect Cedar Rapids flood money, cost of Iowa Medicaid sparks anxiety, clinic to host improv event to raise funds

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Grassley: Hurricane aid shouldn't affect Cedar Rapids flood money - Federal funds for hurricane relief in Florida and Texas should not negatively affect Cedar Rapids’ request for $73 million for flood protection, Sen. Chuck Grassley said Wednesday.

Funds for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other agencies dealing with the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma are handled through special appropriations, he said. The funds Cedar Rapids is seeking come through the regular appropriation process, he said. Read more...

Wife of Walford man killed by drunken driver promoting Horizons fundraiser - Greg kissed his wife and said “I love you” before he rode off on his Harley.

“That’s the last meal we shared ... the last time I saw him,” said Erenberger as her smile faded and tears crept down her cheeks. “I believe I wasn’t on his bike that night for a reason.”

Greg Erenberger, 59, a financial planner who owned Edge Asset Management in Cedar Rapids, was killed after a drunken driver crashed into his motorcycle, which was stopped for a red light at the Wright Brothers Boulevard and Interstate 380 interchange about 10:47 p.m. that night, court records show. Read more...

Cost of Iowa's private Medicaid sparks anxiety - Some seriously disabled Iowans covered by privately run Medicaid could be exempted from the controversial managed care program and be treated on a fee basis instead, the director of the state Department of Human Services told an advisory panel Wednesday.

That possibility emerged, said Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven, during still unresolved contract talks with the private insurance companies hired to manage the health care program for thousands of the state’s most vulnerable residents. Read more...

His Hands Free Clinic to host improv event to raise funds - His Hands Free Clinic is taking the old saying that laughter is the best medicine quite literally.

The Cedar Rapids not-for-profit is hosting its third annual improv evening to raise money for prescriptions and medications.

“We wanted to do something fun and for people to enjoy themselves,” said Dawn Brouwers, executive director of the clinic. “We wanted it to be light hearted and for people to think about ways to stay healthy that are fun.” Read more...

WATCH: Iowa Master Naturalist shares her acorn dessert recipe - As summer makes its transition into fall acorns begin to cover the ground of our local parks. Although there is an abundance of these peculiar little nuts, they can easily be ignored and quite literally stepped on by those who do not know of their potential.

As the Iowa Master Naturalists plan to celebrate the Autumnal Equinox on Sept. 22 with a Wild Food Tasting fundraising event that will feature foraged food dishes, Executive Director Elisabeth Swain chose not to ignore and instead to include acorns in the event’s carefully curated menu, which she helped create with her knowledge of local foraging. Read more...

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