Joan Becker, convicted murderer’s mother, speaks out about undiagnosed mental illness

CEDAR RAPIDS — The mother of a man convicted of killing a popular high school football coach says families struggling with mental illness should not stay silent any longer.

Five years ago, Mark Becker shot and killed Aplington-Parkers [...]

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Weighted Blankets provide relief for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder

CORALVILLE — A weighted blanket may not appear to have “miracles” stitched in its seams.

But Marci Prose knows the blankets she crafts with the help of family, friends and community members are much more powerful than t [...]

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