Real GDP grows in Iowa communities

CEDAR RAPIDS — The real gross domestic product — the sum of all goods and services — rose in 2013 from 2012 in all metropolitan statistical areas of Iowa, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Real GDP by me [...]

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Iowa businesses want more Internet bandwidth

CEDAR RAPIDS — A new survey finds thousands of Iowa businesses want more Internet bandwidth — faster speeds — and thousands more lack backup Internet services.

Connect Iowa, a subsidiary of Connected Nation, on Tuesday s [...]

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Poverty rates down but household incomes remain steady

CEDAR RAPIDS — The poverty rate declined for the first time since 2006 as more workers transitioned from part-time to full-time work, according to new data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. However, there was no statistically sign [...]

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Weather in Iowa slows development of crops

CEDAR RAPIDS — A very cool and wet week with frost reported across much of Iowa on Saturday slowed corn and soybean crop development, according to the weekly crop progress report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agr [...]

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UPS hiring up to 95,000 temp workers

United Parcel Service is almost doubling the number of seasonal employees it hires for this year’s holiday shopping season as it aims to avoid a repeat of last year’s network breakdown during the crucial period.

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Ground Floor: New Cedar Rapids business owner has an eye for design

CEDAR RAPIDS — The summer and fall months typically are a busy time for people in the home building industry, and this building season has been an extra hectic one for Tasha Stone.

Stone, who has worked in the flooring design [...]

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Iowa City considers $1.75M tax break for mall renovation

IOWA CITY — City officials are considering a $1.75 million tax incentive to help renovate the old Von Maur location in Iowa City Marketplace for continue »

Marion trash-sorting facility delayed

MARION — Maryland-based Fiberight LLC had expected to begin construction in June on a $15 million facility to grab organic material in garbage to convert into ethanol at a corn-ethanol plant it is renovating in Blairstown in Benton County.< [...]

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Different hackers, Home Depot says

WASHINGTON — Home Depot Inc. was hacked with a malicious software program that plunders store registers while disguising itself as anti-virus software, according to two security researchers.

The credit-card-stealing program used in th [...]

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Providing comfort

CEDAR RAPIDS — Hospices provide comfort for the terminally ill. The care givers and medical professionals provide pain management and emotional support.

But it’s also a billion-dollar business dealing with increased regulation [...]

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On Topic: Top and bottom of the ladders

Isn’t that just the way? You read one thing and you think, yeah, that makes sense. Then you hear something else and you wonder, well, gosh .

In response to this column of two weeks ago, which was a [...]

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The only office-elevator manufacturer in Iowa

DENVER, IOWA — In Denver, Iowa, one family is running the only Iowa-based office-elevator manufacturing company in the state.

William and Bertha Schumacher founded Schumacher Elevator Co. in Denver, in Bremer County, in 1936, where it [...]

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Ride-sharing comes to Iowa

IOWA CITY — As the city council navigates a proposed taxi ordinance, officials could have to face the controversial ride-sharing industry as it moves closer to home.

A smartphone app called Uber moved to Iowa for the first time on Fr [...]

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iPhones with bigger screens may find eager senior buyers

SAN FRANCISCO — Eden Adams, 65, is ready to upgrade after using her iPhone for about three years.

The schoolteacher from Fremont, California, had looked at her daughter’s Samsung Electronics smartphone, which has a larger scree [...]

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Westdale work steps up

CEDAR RAPIDS — The $90 million redevelopment of Westdale Mall has shifted into high gear with a combination of exterior and interior activity.

Frew Development and city officials broke ground Friday for the 10-year project, which will [...]

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