Iowa’s biggest solar farm opens in Kalona

KALONA — The opening of the state’s largest solar farm heralds an era of solar power growth in Iowa, state renewable energy leaders said Thursday.

“This takes us to a new level,” said Sen. Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids [...]

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Crop insurance programs subject of intense Farm Bill lobbying

After two years of debate, the U.S. Congress passed a Farm Bill this year that replaced direct subsidies to farmers with an ever increasing multi-billion dollar federal crop insurance program.

During that time, at least 80 groups spent mor [...]

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Marion teen smells the Candle Barn profit Mother-daughter team took over candle-making business

Various aromas waft around the corners of Emily Pearson’s house.

It starts with a few burning candles in the kitchen, but reaches its height near a small room in the basement, where Pearson creates candles.

“I can walk in [...]

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University of Iowa, children’s museum pair up for Play Fair event

One-by-one, 4-year-old Ellie Mozena of Iowa City fills a pronged canvas with Lego blocks. She’s building without a particular design in mind, instead allowing her imagination to guide her. She may not realize it, but this activity is more t [...]

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Eastern Iowa counties seek solutions to crumbling roads

Black Hawk County was facing a dilemma in the mid-2000s: the county needed to repair at least 12 miles of road a year, but only had funding for five.

The majority of roads supporting the rural economy were in fair or poor condition and some [...]

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Quadriplegic man’s art reflects life’s journey

The details matter to Tony Ramos. As an artist, the details are what make his work come to life for the viewer.

“Any person who likes their work this much, they want to get down to the last detail,” Ramos said as he sat in the [...]

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On front lines, farmers struggle against chemical-resistant weeds

A fast spreading, crop destroying weed may be coming to the farms near you.

Palmer amaranth, which has plagued southern f [...]

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Netanyahu vows to complete Gaza tunnels destruction

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, said on Thursday he would not accept any cease-fire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants' infiltration tunnels. [...]

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Cedar Rapids native Joey Gase to race for charity at Hawkeye Downs

Cedar Rapids Native Joey Gase will race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the Iowa Speedway in Newton this weekend.

But before he competes, Gase will be back in his hometown to raise awareness for a special cause.

Gase will throw [...]

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Lobbyists of all kinds flock to Farm Bill

When U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced passage of the Farm Bill in February, she echoed a refrain from a car commercial.

“This is not your f [...]

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Sen. Harkin: Gas tax hiked ‘desperately’ needed

CEDAR RAPIDS — Sen. Tom Harkin would like to direct more money into the private sector and create jobs by raising the federal gas tax for the first time in 21 years, but he would settle for a stopgap measure to keep highway funds flowing to [...]

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Iowa Party lieutenant governor candidate hopes to tap voter discontent

CEDAR RAPIDS — It’s not for the title or prestige that Michael Richards is running for lieutenant governor.

Getting elected is, of course, the goal, but the semiretired Cedar Rapids businessman says his campaign with Iowa Party [...]

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Texas woman claims sexual harassment against CRST

A Texas woman filed an amended federal lawsuit earlier this week, claiming she was sexually harassed and retaliated against while working for CRST Van Expedited, the Cedar Rapids trucking company that just settled a sexual harassment suit last yea [...]

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Lack of candidate not stopping Hillary Clinton ’16 group from organizing

The 2014 mid-term election is still more than 90 days off and the 2016 presidential elections is, well, a couple of years after that.

But Ready for Hillary, already is busy identifying supporters and donors in the event former first lady and [...]

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Marshals nab sex abuse suspect in Arkansas

U.S. Marshals from the Little Rock office captured 24-year-old Christopher Stephens in Kensett, Ark., which is located about 50 miles northeast of Little Rock, according to the U.S. Marshals Office in Cedar Rapids. The U.S. Marshals Northern Iowa [...]

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