Kate Wells


11:15 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Romney rallies the base in Iowa

The Romneys in Dubuque.
(Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)


Mitt Romney’s bus tour through small towns in swing states stopped in Davenport on Monday. 

It was, for the most part, your typical campaign event: lots of flag waving, patriotic music, even a boy scout troop in the audience.

But these days Governor Romney seems a lot more relaxed, and has a lot more momentum, than the candidate Iowans remember from the caucuses.

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Flood Recovery
3:27 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Four years after flood, Cedar Rapids still recovering

Waters rose to 31 feet in parts of the city


This weeks marks four years since the 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids.

The worst natural disaster in Iowa’s history dislocated tens of thousands of people from their homes and is costing many millions of dollars in public money.

As Iowa Public Radio’s Kate Wells reports, even now the impacts of the flood are everywhere you look.

5:03 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Archer and Dolan seek GOP Nomination in 2nd District

John Archer (left), University of Iowa Political Science Professor Tim Hagle (center) and Dan Dolan at a recent debate.

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’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’s Kate Wells has the story.

4:40 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Last Call for Flooded Residents

Nearly four years after the 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids, you can still sell your damaged home to the city. That window’s about to close, however. More than 100 people have signed up for the final round of buyouts – even though they’ve stuck it out this long. Iowa Public Radio’s Kate Wells reports.

8:05 am
Tue May 8, 2012

How Not to Live in Your Mom's Basement After Graduation

With all the gloomy news about job prospects these days, seniors can feel like their diploma is a one-way ticket to mom’s basement. But there are young adults who’ve landed on their feet – and learned how to make it in this tough economy.

Crime, Justice and Public Safety
8:22 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Gun Violence Spreads in Cedar Rapids

Gun violence in Cedar Rapids is at an all-time high.
Police say they’re not sure what’s behind the massive spike.
And the violence is spreading to parts of town once considered safe.

Wellington Heights is not one of those parts of town. You could say it has a bad rep in Cedar Rapids,
thanks to some of the highest crime rates in the city. But lately, things are getting worse.

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Handgun Violence Spreading in Cedar...
4:30 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Handgun Violence Spreading in Cedar Rapids

Election 2012
4:29 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

In Battleground Iowa, Even Office Space Up For Grabs

President Obama arrives to speak at the University of Iowa in Iowa City on Wednesday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 5:27 pm

In Iowa, President Obama's re-election campaign is already in gear, with staff and volunteers on the ground.

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.

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.

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4:37 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Candidates Gear up in Iowa

In critical swing states like Iowa, President Obama’s re-election campaign is already in full gear, with staff and volunteers on the ground. Meanwhile Governor Romney’s had to focus on one primary race after another, as he sews up the nomination. As Iowa Public Radio’s Kate Wells reports, the President’s campaign hopes their head start will make the difference in November.

8:11 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Wild Horses Come to Iowa

You have to weave between Amish buggies on the gravel road that leads to the Davis County Fairgrounds.

There, this weekend, corrals are holding more than 30 burros and wild horses.

Most of the animals quietly munch on hay. They pay little attention to the families and kids coming up to stalls.

Dave Berg is a specialist for the Bureau of Land Management, or BLM.

“If they have good food and clean water, they’re happy campers," he says. "And out in the wild, they do not have good food and clean water that readily available.”

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Wild Horses Come to Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun April 22, 2012

Wild Horses Come to Iowa

5:00 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Saving a Sullivan?

First Christian Church in Cedar Rapids, which may have been designed, in part, by Louis Sullivan.
Friends of Historic Preservation

In Cedar Rapids, there’s a fight to save an historic church some believe was designed by one of America’s greatest architects. But time is running out until the building is demolished…for a parking lot. Iowa Public Radio’s Kate Wells reports.

Crime, Justice and Public Safety
6:00 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Strip searches in Iowa: what's the law?

Keith Allison

It seems like everybody’s talking about strip searches these days. But as Iowa Public Radio’s Kate Wells reports, strip searches for minor crimes are pretty limited in this state – or at least, they’re supposed to be.

5:00 am
Mon April 2, 2012

What's the Big Deal about Price Lab?

With all the controversy over the decision to close Iowa's official R&D lab school, we wondered: would the state's teachers really be any worse off without it? 

5:00 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Biden Shows Iowa the Love

The Vice President is plowing through critical swing states - and in Iowa, it's all about the manufacturing, baby.