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Sarah McCarthy


Cedar Rapids, IA, United States

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Past articles by Sarah:

Medicaid data shows rate of paid, denied claims

The rate of denied, suspended, and paid claims varied between the three managed care organizations now in charge of Iowa’s Medicaid system, according to a report released Friday by the Iowa Department of Human Services. → Read More

Community works to protect downtown Elkader from rising flood water

Dozens of volunteers helped fill and stack sandbags to protect downtown Elkader as the Turkey River continued to rise Thursday afternoon. → Read More

Millions owed to Iowa Medicaid providers, according to state reports

Reports from three of the two private insurance companies managing Iowa’s Medicaid system show millions of dollars owed to providers across the states in unpaid claims. → Read More

Hiawatha Fire to receive largest grant in department history for new gear

The Hiawatha Fire Department will soon receive the largest monetary grant in department history. The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the station with a $262,210 grant to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus units, or SCBA’s, which help firefighters breathe in smoke. → Read More

Johnson County leaders discuss need for resources to resettle refugees

Leaders from Johnson County non-profits, state agencies, volunteers, and more met at First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City Wednesday to discuss what challenges the county faces as they work to help refugees resettle in the area. → Read More

Hundreds of Cedar Rapids students to get donated Trapper Keepers for school

Several eastern Iowa organizations donated 1,000 Trapper Keepers to middle school students in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. → Read More

Iowa records handful of amusement ride safety incidents annually

Over the last five years, 35 safety and injury incidents have been reported at festivals, fairs, and amusement parks across the state of Iowa. According to inspectors responsible for looking over amusement rides, many incidents happen because ride patrons aren’t paying attention or are confused. → Read More

Quadriplegic man struggles to find in-home care under privatized Medicaid

One Cedar Rapids man is struggling to find nursing care as Iowa’s privatized Medicaid system forces some providers out of the in-home care business. In 1991, a drunk driver struck 13-year-old Kurtis Jones as he rode his bicycle. The crash left Kurtis paralyzed from the neck down. → Read More

Millions of square feet sit empty as Cedar Rapids development booms

Despite a boom in development, millions of square feet of retail, office, and industrial space sits empty in Cedar Rapids, according to a study from commercial real estate broker and city councilman Scott Olson. → Read More

Grant to help fund programs at Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids

A $5,000 grant will help fund memberships and a health program at that Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids. → Read More

Hundreds of hours spent inspecting fire hydrants to avoid failures

The city of Cedar Rapids spends thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours each year maintaining and repairing thousands of fire hydrants that silently stand guard outside of homes and businesses. For the 21 workers who carry out that maintenance, it's work that could make a life or death difference. → Read More

Nurses aim to reduce fear of checkups for children

The Cedar Rapids BBQ Roundup just wrapped up at the McGrath Amphitheater. Sunday, activities focused on children as part of Family Fun Day. → Read More

Iowa City council member proposes $50,000 to Rose Oaks residents

A city council member in Iowa City is proposing the city give $50,000 to residents in the Rose Oaks apartment complex to help them find new homes. → Read More

Silent walk honors Orlando victims in Dubuque

Hundreds gathered in Washington Park Sunday night to remember the victims of the Orlando shooting. Candles lit up poster boards on easels that displayed photographs of each victim, allowing mourners to silently walk through the park and reflect on each life lost. → Read More

New survey shows Cedar Rapids strengths, weaknesses

A new survey shows where citizens believe Cedar Rapids is flourishing and where there’s room for improvement. → Read More

Parent of special education student speaks out after school district investigation

An Iowa Department of Education report shows the Iowa City Community School District didn’t follow the law when creating classroom plans for special education students. For one mother, whose son Maddox relies on special supports and services to accommodate for his severe autism, that means people who have never met him likely made decisions about his educational plan without her knowledge. → Read More

Radio transmitters help track threatened Iowa turtles to save species

Small radio transmitters are helping Cornell College students and their professor research a threatened species of turtles that currently nest in a remote, dry area of Johnson County. It’s research about the basic biology of the species and their movement patterns that’ll help the group better understand how the turtles reproduce, grow, and migrate. → Read More

Eastern Iowa WWII veteran receives France's highest military decoration

A Waterloo World War II veteran received France’s highest military decoration in a ceremony Saturday. The French Legion of Honor is presented to living World War II veterans who participated in military campaigns or the liberation of France. → Read More

Students donate time to help food pantry find new home

The Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry will soon move into a new location, following months of planning. Last year, the Coralville City Council voted to lease the city’s old post office to the nonprofit free of charge, but the building needed extensive remodeling. → Read More

Lithium batteries ignite small fires inside Linn County landfill

In just six weeks, lithium batteries have started small fires inside the Linn County Solid Waste Agency landfill. When compactors run over lithium batteries used to power items like hearing aids and watches, the batteries can crack open, react with the air and ignite. → Read More