Kate Wells http://iowapublicradio.org en Romney rallies the base in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/romney-rallies-base-iowa-0 <p>&nbsp;</p><p>Mitt Romney&rsquo;s bus tour through small towns in swing states stopped in Davenport on Monday.&nbsp;</p><p>It was, for the most part, your typical campaign event: lots of flag waving, patriotic music,&nbsp;even a boy scout troop in the audience.</p><p>But these days Governor Romney seems a lot more relaxed, and has a lot more momentum, than the candidate Iowans remember from the caucuses.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:15:35 +0000 Kate Wells 3419 at http://iowapublicradio.org Romney rallies the base in Iowa Four years after flood, Cedar Rapids still recovering http://iowapublicradio.org/post/four-years-after-flood-cedar-rapids-still-recovering <p>&nbsp;</p><p>This weeks marks four years since the 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids.</p><p>The worst natural disaster in Iowa&rsquo;s history dislocated tens of thousands of people from their homes and is costing many millions of dollars in public money.</p><p>As Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Kate Wells reports, even now the impacts of the flood are everywhere you look.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 20:27:33 +0000 Kate Wells 3196 at http://iowapublicradio.org Four years after flood, Cedar Rapids still recovering Archer and Dolan seek GOP Nomination in 2nd District http://iowapublicradio.org/post/archer-and-dolan-seek-gop-nomination-2nd-district <p>There are going to be a lot of political fireworks in Iowa between now and November: President Obama and Governor Romney, Congressman Steve King and challenger Christie Vilsack to name a couple examples. But one race that&rsquo;s flying mostly under the radar so far is in Eastern Iowa, where Republicans are hoping they have a shot at Democratic congressman Dave Loebsack. Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Kate Wells has the story.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 22:03:48 +0000 Kate Wells 2356 at http://iowapublicradio.org Archer and Dolan seek GOP Nomination in 2nd District Last Call for Flooded Residents http://iowapublicradio.org/post/last-call-flooded-residents <p>Nearly four years after the 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids, you can still sell your damaged home to the city.&nbsp;That window&rsquo;s about to close, however.&nbsp;More than 100 people have signed up for the final round of buyouts &ndash; even though they&rsquo;ve stuck it out this long.&nbsp;Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Kate Wells reports.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 21:40:00 +0000 Kate Wells 1697 at http://iowapublicradio.org Last Call for Flooded Residents Obama, same-sex marriage, and Iowa voters http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-same-sex-marriage-and-iowa-voters Thu, 10 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 26326 at http://iowapublicradio.org How Not to Live in Your Mom's Basement After Graduation http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-not-live-your-moms-basement-after-graduation <p>With all the gloomy news about job prospects these days, seniors can feel like their diploma is a one-way ticket to mom&rsquo;s basement. But there are young adults who&rsquo;ve landed on their feet &ndash; and learned how to make it in this tough economy.</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 13:05:57 +0000 Kate Wells 1174 at http://iowapublicradio.org How Not to Live in Your Mom's Basement After Graduation How to not live in your mom's basement after graduation http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-not-live-your-moms-basement-after-graduation-0 Tue, 08 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 26315 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gun Violence Spreads in Cedar Rapids http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gun-violence-spreads-cedar-rapids <p>Gun violence in Cedar Rapids is at an all-time high.<br />Police say they&rsquo;re not sure what&rsquo;s behind the massive spike.<br />And the violence is spreading to parts of town once considered safe.</p><p>Wellington Heights is not one of those parts of town. You could say it has a bad rep in Cedar Rapids,<br />thanks to some of the highest crime rates in the city. But lately, things are getting worse.</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 13:22:26 +0000 Kate Wells 934 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gun Violence Spreads in Cedar Rapids Handgun Violence Spreading in Cedar Rapids http://iowapublicradio.org/post/handgun-violence-spreading-cedar-rapids Thu, 03 May 2012 09:30:00 +0000 Kate Wells 26304 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Battleground Iowa, Even Office Space Up For Grabs http://iowapublicradio.org/post/battleground-iowa-even-office-space-grabs In Iowa, President Obama's re-election campaign is already in gear, with staff and volunteers on the ground.<p>The Obama campaign hopes its head start over the campaign of Republican Mitt Romney — who until recently had been focused on fending off GOP opponents — will make the difference in November in this swing state.<p>The Obama campaign headquarters in Des Moines is a former Blockbuster Video store, where this week a couple of dozen 20-somethings tapped away at laptops, painted signs by hand and worked the phones.<p>But just a few months ago during the Republican caucuses, this was <em>Rom Thu, 26 Apr 2012 21:29:00 +0000 Kate Wells 562 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Battleground Iowa, Even Office Space Up For Grabs Candidates Gear up in Swing States http://iowapublicradio.org/post/candidates-gear-swing-states Thu, 26 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 26292 at http://iowapublicradio.org Candidates Gear up in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/candidates-gear-iowa <p>In critical swing states like Iowa, President Obama&rsquo;s re-election campaign is already in full gear, with staff and volunteers on the ground. Meanwhile Governor Romney&rsquo;s had to focus on one primary race after another, as he sews up the nomination. As Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Kate Wells reports, the President&rsquo;s campaign hopes their head start will make the difference in November.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 21:37:47 +0000 Kate Wells 538 at http://iowapublicradio.org Candidates Gear up in Iowa Wild Horses Come to Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wild-horses-come-iowa <p>You have to weave between Amish buggies on the gravel road that leads to the Davis County Fairgrounds.<br /><br />There, this weekend, corrals are holding more than 30 burros and wild horses.<br /><br />Most of the animals quietly munch on hay. They pay little attention to the families and kids coming up to stalls.<br /><br />Dave Berg is a specialist for the Bureau of Land Management, or BLM.<br /> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:11:01 +0000 Kate Wells 220 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wild Horses Come to Iowa Wild Horses Come to Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wild-horses-come-iowa-0 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 26284 at http://iowapublicradio.org Saving a Sullivan? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/saving-sullivan <p>In Cedar Rapids, there&rsquo;s a fight to save an historic church some believe was designed by one of America&rsquo;s greatest architects.&nbsp;But time is running out until the building is demolished&hellip;for a parking lot.&nbsp;Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Kate Wells reports.</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 165 at http://iowapublicradio.org Saving a Sullivan? Saving a Sullivan? When Preservationists Don't Have Proof...or the Money http://iowapublicradio.org/post/saving-sullivan-when-preservationists-dont-have-proofor-money Wed, 18 Apr 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 26275 at http://iowapublicradio.org Strip searches in Iowa: what's the law ? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/strip-searches-iowa-whats-law-0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Wells 26250 at http://iowapublicradio.org Strip searches in Iowa: what's the law? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/strip-searches-iowa-whats-law <p>It seems like everybody&rsquo;s talking about strip searches these days. But as Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Kate Wells reports, strip searches for minor crimes are pretty limited in this state &ndash; or at least, they&rsquo;re supposed to be.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 803 at http://iowapublicradio.org Strip searches in Iowa: what's the law? What's the Big Deal about Price Lab? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/whats-big-deal-about-price-lab <p>With all the controversy over the decision to close Iowa&#39;s official R&amp;D lab school, we wondered: would the state&#39;s teachers really be any worse off without it?&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 1702 at http://iowapublicradio.org What's the Big Deal about Price Lab? What's the Big Deal about Price Lab? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/whats-big-deal-about-price-lab-0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 26214 at http://iowapublicradio.org Biden Shows Iowa the Love http://iowapublicradio.org/post/biden-shows-iowa-love <p>The Vice President is plowing through critical swing states - and in Iowa, it&#39;s all about the manufacturing, baby.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 1714 at http://iowapublicradio.org Biden Shows Iowa the Love Biden Shows Iowa the Love http://iowapublicradio.org/post/biden-shows-iowa-love-0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 26192 at http://iowapublicradio.org Love this Weather? Fruit Growers Don't http://iowapublicradio.org/post/love-weather-fruit-growers-dont Tue, 20 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 26136 at http://iowapublicradio.org Savings vs. Success: Even Iowa's Best Schools May Close http://iowapublicradio.org/post/savings-vs-success-even-iowas-best-schools-may-close Fri, 09 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 26076 at http://iowapublicradio.org Flood Protection Funding Fails in Cedar Rapids...Again http://iowapublicradio.org/post/flood-protection-funding-fails-cedar-rapidsagain Wed, 07 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 26066 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Cedar Rapids, Flood Protection Is No Easy Sell http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cedar-rapids-flood-protection-no-easy-sell Mon, 05 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 26046 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Cedar Rapids, Flood Protection Is No Easy Sell http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cedar-rapids-flood-protection-no-easy-sell-0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 26229 at http://iowapublicradio.org Cedar Rapids May Close Schools http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cedar-rapids-may-close-schools Mon, 13 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 25994 at http://iowapublicradio.org Cedar Rapids May Close Schools http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cedar-rapids-may-close-schools-0 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 26125 at http://iowapublicradio.org China's VP preparing to return to Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/chinas-vp-preparing-return-iowa Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 25977 at http://iowapublicradio.org