Alex Heuer

The greater Cedar Rapids and Iowa City region is often considered a single area of Iowa. The region has tried to give itself a name, branding itself "The Technology Corridor." That name has met mixed success, and now business and economic development leaders are considering changing the brand.

A different type of Independence Day celebration will take place this weekend in Cedar Rapids. Community leaders and residents will gather for the rededication of a magnificent stained glass window which honors American veterans. Iowa Public Radio's Alex Heuer has the story of the only known stained glass window designed by Iowa artist Grant Wood.

Two years ago at this time communities across Iowa were underwater. The floods of 2008 impacted dozens of neighborhoods but those in Cedar Rapids were among the hardest hit. Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells and Alex Heuer report on signs of progress and the challenges still facing the community.

By the end of the year researchers at the University of Iowa will likely be one step closer to treating a very rare disorder called Batten Disease. It's an inherited disease that affects children. There's no cure and it's always fatal. Encouraging studies are bringing hope to families throughout the country and, in particular, to a family in Waterloo.

IBM's Impact in Dubuque

May 24, 2010

By the end of the year, IBM will employ about 1,300 people in Dubuque. Local leaders are calling the technology giant's move to the city last August a resurgence and the community has become a testing ground for business expansion within the United States.

On Friday night in Cedar Rapids students at Kirkwood Community College will perform the world premier of a play about the only U.S. President to come from Iowa. The play is about Herbert Hoover’s early adult life as a mining engineer in China. At the turn of the 20th century the West Branch native and his newlywed wife, Lou, were trapped in the country during the Boxer Rebellion.

President Barack Obama rallied a crowd of supporters at the University of Iowa’s Field House on Thursday to build support for the new health care law. Mr. Obama returned to the site he called the birthplace of the grassroots movement to overhaul the nation’s health care system.

Census forms are arriving in millions of mailboxes throughout the country. The results of the government’s once a decade population count are especially important for Linn County. The state’s second largest county is on the verge of officially reaching a population level that would put it in a special category for receiving increased federal dollars. Community leaders are uncertain of how the flood will affect the count.