Phil Reed, KCRG

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Cedar Rapids, IA, United States

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Linn County UTV crash kills one

The cause of the crash is still under investigation → Read More

Shootings in Waterloo injures a man, damages a vehicle

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -Two shootings injured a man and damaged a vehicle overnight in Waterloo. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the first happened on East Fourth Street near Gates Golf Course, when someone shot a man in the leg around 11:00pm Saturday night. He went to the hospital with minor injuries. About five hours later, someone shot a vehicle near the corner of West 6th Street… → Read More

Man sentenced for 2014 robbery, murder of Marion man

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -A federal judge sentenced 49-year-old Matthew Barrett Robbins Friday to life in prison. Robbins was convicted of killing 51-year-old James Booher at a farmhouse in Ely during a drug robbery in 2014. In May, a jury convicted Robbins of several charges including using a firearm during a crime of violence resulting in a death that constitutes murder. Evidence at the trial… → Read More

Cedar Rapids hires city’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -The City of Cedar Rapids hired its first ever Diversity Equity, and Inclusion manager. Elizabeth Buch started 2 weeks ago. The city created the position in response to Black Lives Matter protests last summer. It was one of the demands of the Advocates for Social Justice group that led those protests in Cedar Rapids. Buch says her life experiences helps her relate to… → Read More

Univ. of Northern Iowa professor says he does not regret implementing mask mandate, would do it again

Dr. Steve O'Kane says he will put a mask mandate back next semester if cases remain high → Read More

World War II veteran recognized for donations to help other veterans go on honor flights

Navy Veteran Mike Wilson, who served during World War II, is being honored during the 40th Eastern Iowa Honor Flight on Tuesday. → Read More

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation honors Clinton firefighter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -This weekend, The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend will honor 215 firefighters who died in 2019 and 2020. A candlelight vigil happened Saturday night. The annual event was canceled last year because of the pandemic. Eric Hosette from the Clinton Fire Department is being honored this year. He died in January 2019 following an explosion at an ADM facility in… → Read More

Medical cannabidiol dispensary opens in Iowa City

A medical cannabidiol dispensary opened Friday in Iowa City. → Read More

Conservation group suing Iowa DNR over proposed cattle confinement

Iowa DNR approved approved Supreme Beef for a cattle confinement in Clayton County. → Read More

Memorial run for Mollie Tibbetts also helping to find Xavior Harrelson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -A run to honor the life of Mollie Tibbetts helped in the search for another young person who also went missing in Poweshiek County. The fourth annual Mollie Tibbetts Memorial Run happened September 26th. Tibbetts went missing in July of 2018 while out on a run in her hometown of Brooklyn. Her body was found a month later. 11-year old Xavior Harrelson from Montezuma has… → Read More

Family of Waterloo homicide victim plead for justice during day of remembrance

Dayton Matlock was shot and killed in Waterloo back in May → Read More

Atkins firefighter discusses her battle with narcolepsy on World Narcolepsy Day

ATKINS, Iowa (KCRG) - Narcolepsy can leave you feeling that way in the middle of the day. Tara O’Connor is a firefighter and EMT for Atkins Volunteer Fire Department. She’s learned to overcome narcolepsy, and is using World Narcolepsy Day, held every year on September 22, to tell her story. O’Connor joined the department two years ago at age 22. She wanted to do it right after high school but… → Read More

Eastern Iowa non-profits seeing demand for services increasing after eviction moratorium expired

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -Houses into Homes in Coralville say the demand for its help nearly tripled since the eviction moratorium expired at the end of July. The nonprofit helps furnish homes for people transitioning out of homelessness. Leaders say some people on their waiting list don’t have a bed to sleep on. They add their clients need help because of either the eviction moratorium ending… → Read More

Johnson County family extracting CBG instead of CBD from cannabis plants

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -There’s a new form of medical marijuana growing in Iowa. Hemp farmers are starting to extract CBG, or Cannibigerol. That’s different than the CBD mostly found in Iowa. CBG has less THC than CBD. THC is the chemical associated with cannabis that produces the high. Scott Booher, and his wife Megan own 4 Winds Farm in Oxford. They are getting their acre of hemp ready for… → Read More

Univ. of Iowa alum, former NYC firefighter reflects on 9/11

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -Michael Weinstock graduated from the University of Iowa in 1994 with a degree in Political Science. He was working as a volunteer firefighter on September 11th, 2001, and preparing for vacation. “I wasn’t supposed to be anywhere near lower Manhattan as a firefighter that day,” he said. “I was in Brooklyn. It was actually the first day of my vacation.” Like all brave… → Read More

Linn County Sheriff partners with US Marshal, other agencies for sex offender compliance checks

Authorities say there are more than 400 registered sex offenders in Linn County → Read More

Advocates asking for clarity on workers’ compensation laws in Iowa

They want more clarity of what part of the body is considered the shoulder. → Read More

Home Instead Senior Care seeing more seniors not eating properly during the pandemic

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -Workers with Home Instead Senior Care Center in Cedar Rapids are seeing more seniors not eating properly during the pandemic. They say some of that is because of isolation. Home Instead says isolation can cause seniors to skip more than 20% of their total meals each year. They say during the pandemic, seniors are not heading to the grocery store to get the fresh foods… → Read More

Classes begin at West Willow Elementary, despite construction

The derecho and pandemic delayed some construction projects for the school → Read More

Cedar County having trouble finding land to build radio system

County leaders say farmers don't want to sell them land so they can build the towers needed for the radio system. → Read More