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Eleanor Hildebrandt

Eleanor Hildebrandt

Eleanor Hildebrandt is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and mass communication and global health studies, with a minor in German. She is a managing editor at the university newspaper, the Daily Iowan, and has served as an reporter intern at Iowa Capital Dispatch.

Iowa child care crisis continues despite legislative pushes

By: - August 4, 2021

Iowa still has a child care crisis, advocates and lawmakers say, despite legislation approved this year aimed at easing the crunch. The Iowa Legislature passed three bills addressing child care this year, ranging from from changing tax credits to increasing the number of children in unregulated child care facilities. Rep. Tracy Ehlert, D-Cedar Rapids, said […]

Broadband grant applicants request nearly $300 million

By: - August 3, 2021

The state has received nearly $300 million in grant applications for the $100 million the Iowa Legislature passed to expand broadband services. A total of 178 applicants requested more than $292 million from the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program. Applications were submitted between July 1 and July 28. Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday that […]

Some Iowa animal shelters fill up as pet adoptions drop, surrenders increase

By: - August 2, 2021

Animal shelters across the state are seeing fewer pet adoptions as Iowans return to in-person events and work.  Animal adoptions skyrocketed in early 2020 across the country as Americans began working and learning from home, with one in five households acquiring a new pet between March 2020 and May 2021, according to a survey by […]

Iowa Board of Regents approves tuition increase for state universities

By: - July 28, 2021

Students at Iowa’s public universities will pay more this fall after the Board of Regents unanimously passed tuition increases on Wednesday.  The regents approved a 3.5% increase in tuition for both the University of Iowa and Iowa State University’s in-state students. The University of Northern Iowa’s residential undergraduates will see a 1.5% increase. Nonresidential students […]

Hundreds apply for parent-taught driver’s education under new law

By: - July 26, 2021

Parent-taught driver’s education applications are skyrocketing in Iowa after a bill that expanded the option was enacted earlier this month. The Iowa Department of Transportation has seen an exponential increase in inquiries about parent-taught options and applications to begin driver’s education from home, said Driver Education Program Coordinator Steve Stonehocker. “Before the law changed, we […]

Iowa businesses see delayed start to home alcohol delivery

By: - July 23, 2021

Iowans might be waiting for to-go alcohol by delivery apps for a little while longer. The Iowa Legislature this year approved House File 766, a bill that creates more opportunities for third-party delivery of alcohol in Iowa. As of July 1,  retailers and grocery stores can use food delivery apps to deliver products to customers […]

Des Moines, Polk County help more households with emergency rent than state-run program

By: - July 22, 2021

The City of Des Moines and Polk County have assisted more households with emergency rental aid so far this year than a state-run program serving Iowa’s other 98 counties combined. The city and county have received more than 3,500 applications for the federally funded Emergency Rental Assistance program. According to data from the U.S. Department […]

Iowa broadband expansion brings accuracy, affordability questions

By: - July 19, 2021

Iowa’s new broadband expansion program is already generating interest from providers, but the mapping of broadband and affordability of the service remain in question as the process moves forward. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed House File 848 into law in April, a bill that appropriates $100 million for grants to companies to provide high-speed broadband services […]

Iowa colleges, universities prepare students for student loan freeze end

By: - July 18, 2021

With the federal student loan freeze coming to an end soon, Iowa’s universities and colleges are educating their students on what the next steps are to pay back their loans.  The U.S. Department of Education suspended federal student loan payments in March 2020. Both former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden have extended the […]

Iowa sees 20% increase in drug overdoses in 2020

By: - July 16, 2021

Iowa saw a nearly 20% increase in drug overdose deaths in the past year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistic System reported 419 cases of drug overdoses in the state in 2020, compared to 350 reported in 2019. In the United States overall, there was a 29.6% increase.  Midwestern states saw […]

New president seeks to raise University of Iowa’s national profile

By: - July 15, 2021

The University of Iowa’s new president, who started Thursday, said she wants to raise the university’s national profile. Barbara Wilson is the 22nd person and the third woman to hold the position. In a video from the University of Iowa, she said she sees the most important role as president to facilitate people’s goals, dreams, […]

Harkin discusses bipartisanship, future of Iowa Democrats

By: - July 13, 2021

Former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin said Tuesday he does not believe the Americans with Disabilities Act could pass in today’s political climate and he held little hope for a compromise approach to the filibuster.  Harkin, during an interview on Iowa Public Radio’s “River to River” program, said he doesn’t think there’s enough bipartisanship in Congress […]