Libbie Randall, KCRG

Libbie Randall


Cedar Rapids, IA, United States

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Past articles by Libbie:

Benton Community Schools Superintendent reacts to failed bond vote

Improvements the district would like to see include adding a secured entrance to the high school, and a new heating and cooling system in a building that’s more than 40 years old. The Superintendent says there are likely several reasons voters said “no” including voters who don’t have school-aged children in the district, and others whom assume the changes aren’t needed. → Read More

Iowa City transit continues discussion on zero-fare transit option

City staff have continued their conversation on the possibility of a city-wide zero-fare transit system. The next consideration to be brought in front of city council are the options to fund such a system. Right now, they are considering three options: Federal funding, COVID-19 stimulus funds, or allocating more of the city’s usual local funding for transportation. → Read More

Area educators see increased demand for music therapists

According to the American Music Therapy Association, the demand for music therapy for adults in the U.S. has doubled in the last five years. → Read More

Cancer in Iowa report predicts second highest incidence rate of cancer cases in the country, lower mortality rate

Iowa Cancer Registry Director, Dr. Mary Charlton says, “The bad news is, yes, we are high in cancer, but the good news is people aren’t dying from it nearly as much as they used to. We’re keeping that number of deaths stable.” → Read More

Local groups react to shots-fired data

So far in 2023, Cedar Rapids police have reported 14 shots-fired incidents. 5 of those resulted in injuries and 3 in death. → Read More

Linn Co. Deputy reacts to guilty verdict of man who shot him

Today, as Donahue was leaving the court room, he looked at Halverson and his family and said the shooting should have been worse than what it was and yelled a profanity. TV’s camera caught the audio of the interaction. → Read More

Jury starts deliberations in Stanley Donahue trial

Since the jury didn’t reach a verdict Monday they’ll reconvene Tuesday. → Read More

Prosecution rests in Stanley Donahue trial, closing statements expected Monday

As they stated in their opening statement, the defense plans to show there is reasonable doubt that Donahue is the suspect from the robbery. → Read More

Crime scene investigators identify evidence that links Stanley Donahue to shooting

Kraig Kruger with the Cedar Rapids Police department found Donahue’s fingerprints on the other firearm - specifically his left index finger’s print. → Read More

Criminal investigators take the stand on day three of testimonies in Stanley Donahue trial

Much of Tuesday’s testimony centered on the search for DNA at the scene of the crime and at the location where Donahue’s van crashed after being chased by sheriff’s deputies that night. → Read More

Stanley Donahue trial continues, responding deputies testify

Jurors watched body cam footage of Deputy Oltmann rushing to Deputy Halverson and immediately start searching for and treating his wounds. → Read More

Deputy Will Halverson, former Coggon Casey’s employees testify in Stanley Donahue trial

Security cameras showed the moments Linn County Deputy Will Halverson pulls up to the Casey’s and enters the store. → Read More

Iowa City continues discussion on fiscal 2024 budget, residents look at increased expenses

One of the big unknowns for several cities in Iowa is a mistake that started here, in the state legislature. A miscalculation in a 2021 tax law means too much money was collected in property taxes across the state - $127 million. → Read More

Waterloo students test out videogame that teaches how to battle cybercriminals

Players navigate a “workspace” and try to detect signs of cyber criminals through emails, messages, and more. → Read More

Marengo police confirm string of burglaries, residents wonder if they are connected

We do not know exactly what was stolen from any of the locations. Police Chief Gray has confirmed that one of the businesses had power and phone lines cut out. Items taken have varied. → Read More

Iowa family reunites with loved one’s heart recipient during Iowa girls state tournament

After losing her brother Logan in an ATV accident in 2017, Lilly Luft of Charles City looked for a way to honor him and celebrate his memory. She chose wrestling. This week, Lilly and her family got to feel closer than ever to Logan as they welcomed Ember Henderson, the girl who received Logan’s heart. → Read More

Business booms, traffic increases as travelers go to Iowa high school girls’ state wrestling

Travelers from all over the state of Iowa came to Coralville on Thursday to watch the high school girls wrestling state championships - the first since Iowa sanctioned the sport for girls. → Read More

Univ. of Iowa, Iowa Flood Center expand research to a national level through new center

UI is one of many universities that is a part of this national group -- Cooperative Institute for Research to Operations in Hydrology or CIROH. Led by the University of Alabama, researchers across the country aim to improve flood prediction and water quality tracking. → Read More

Coralville Community Food Pantry offers bus tickets to help clientele access their location

To ensure they don’t run out too quickly, the pantry gives out 5 bus tickets each week, per household, on a first-come, first-serve basis. → Read More

Student mental health center to replace hotel in Iowa Memorial Union

For years the IMU has been a hub for students to meet, eat, work, and hang out. Now, it will also be a spot to reinforce one of the school’s top priorities. → Read More