To The Point, with Beth Malicki

Sometimes a news story is too big to fit into a newscast.

Join KCRG-TV9's Beth Malicki as she digs deeper into local news with those closest to the story to find the answers you want.

You'll hear from city, community and business leaders to learn what action they're taking.

You'll find out what's happening now and how you can make a difference.

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TO THE POINT: Eastern Iowa Cold Cases

Law enforcement agencies in Eastern Iowa have solved several cold cases in the past few months, but still others remain unsolved. Beth Malicki and Cedar Rapids Police Captain Steve O'Konek explore these... Read More »

TO THE POINT: We Create Here

Quinn Pettifer, the manager of community networks and engagement with the "We Create Here" initiative, joins To the Point to discuss the next steps of the initiative and their goals for adding to their... Read More »

TO THE POINT: Cedar Rapids' New City Council Members

Cedar Rapids' newly elected at large city council members, Ralph Russell and Susie Weinacht discuss what they will bring to the city, their thoughts on flood recovery, and the city's role in non-public... Read More »

TO THE POINT: Iowa Ladies Football Academy

Iowa Hawkeyes Football Head Coach Kirk Ferentz, his wife Mary Ferentz, Graduate Assistant Coach Chris Polizzi, and Taryn Kuntz discuss the 'Iowa Ladies Football Academy' and its benefits for the University... Read More »

TO THE POINT: The Potential for Magnet Schools in Cedar Rapids

Trace Pickering with the Cedar Rapids School District discusses the potential for so-called 'Magnet Schools' to come to the area. ... Read More »

TO THE POINT: Lyle Muller Discusses Iowa's Opportunity Gap

Lyle Muller from IowaWatch talks about Iowa's opportunity gap. According to the Iowa Department of Education, African-American and Latino students in the state have a much lower graduation rate than white... Read More »

TO THE POINT: Tom Anderson Writes Book About "The Value of Debt"

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Tom Anderson, the author of "The Value of Debt", discusses everything from retirement planning to financing your mortgage. Anderson offers financial tips to make sure you are living... Read More »

TO THE POINT: Chuck Peters Makes Transition to Life in the Newsroom

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Gazette Company CEO, Cuck Peters, is making the transition from life as CEO to also being a newsroom executive in charge of the Business 380 Section of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Peters... Read More »

TO THE POINT: Readiness, Recovery and Relief From Severe Weather

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Events like the Parkersburg tornadoes, the 2008 floods or the more recent Oklahoma tornadoes remind Eastern Iowans of the need to prepare for and deal with severe weather. Tuesday's... Read More »

TO THE POINT: Cedar Rapids Works to Become Blue Zone Community

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Cedar Rapids is a Blue Zone Project demonstration site, but what does that really mean? Hear from two newly hired Blue Zone Project employees, Stephanie Neff and Will Lenzen Jr. They... Read More »

“Bad” Landlord Proposal in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids is pushing for new rules on landlords to clean up properties and reduce crime. But is the city going too far? Mari Davis, a landlord and broker with properties in Linn County, explains why... Read More »

Getting Principals out of the Office

Iowa’s Governor and 60 schools around the state have embraced the SAM program. It changes how principals spend their day with the goal of getting a school’s leader to focus on instructional leadership.... Read More »

To The Point -- Examining Special Education, Orchestra Iowa Back In Paramount

Mary Crandall and Melissa Tandy of the Grant Wood Area Education Agency discuss special education programs in Iowa's public school system. Later, Robert Massey, director of Orchestra Iowa talks about... Read More »

To The Point -- Endangered Linn County Properties

Mark Hunter, Linn County Historian and Maura Pilcher of the Linn County Historic Preservation discuss the longevity of century old buildings in the Cedar Rapids, Linn County area. Many of the historic... Read More »

To The Point -- Blue Zones Project And Living With Parkinson's Disease

Amy Thuente and Pat Baird discuss making Iowa the healthiest state in the Nation through the co-sponsored Blue Zones Project. John Krumbholz explains his Parkinson's disease diagnosis, and how it has... Read More »

To The Point -- Cedar Rapids School District

Cedar Rapids School District Superintendent Dr. David Benson and School Board member Mary Meisterling weigh in on proposed school closings after an enrollment committee found that some schools in the district... Read More »

To The Point: School Officials Discuss Scandals, Budget and the Positve Impact of Iowa Colleges

Regent Jack Evans and Regent-nominee Katie Mulholland discuss the rhabdomyolysis report, unions and their role overseeing the $4+ billion dollars budget of University of Iowa, Iowa State University and... Read More »

To The Point: Money for Rural Iowans & Mother Takes DHS to Court

Homeowners in rural Iowa counties could be eligible for up to $5,000 for home improvement. Watch the interview for more info, and find the application here. And... Read More »

To The Point: Extreme Weather & Tobacco Products Aimed at Kids

The latest snow storm and the floods of 2008 are just part of a growing trend of extreme weather because of climate change. That’s according to a new study the previous legislature ordered. Hear from two... Read More »

To The Point: Extending Local Option Sales Tax & Fluoride in Water

Mayor Pro-Tem Monica Vernon talks about the May special election to extend the LOST for 20 years. Tariq Balouch of the Cedar Rapids Water Treatment Plant and Bruce Jacobs of Cedar Rapids Utilities talk... Read More »

To The Point: The Iowa Department of Education

The new director of the Iowa Department of Education, Jason Glass, talks about what he wants to reform about the state’s system of teaching and learning. The Christian Science Monitor named Glass as one... Read More »

To The Point: State Gun Law, Cedar Rapids Crime and Camera Revenue

The Linn County Sheriff talks about the changes to the state’s gun law. We look at exactly what’s changed and why so many sheriff’s are concerned that people can carry a gun without ever practicing on... Read More »

To The Point: Local Achievement Gap

The Cedar Rapids school district is the second biggest in the state, but it’s shrinking. And African-American 4th graders score about 30 points lower on standardized tests then their Caucasian classmates.... Read More »

To The Point: Flood Recovery Buyouts

The Director of Flood Recovery in Cedar Rapids talks about when the 1,200 buyouts should be complete and where the city stands in terms of getting back to "normal". And hear from a local non-profit that... Read More »

To The Point: Rep. Kraig Paulsen and the Central City School District

The man who will be leading the Iowa House in 2011 wants to bring more jobs to Iowa, and reduce the size of government and get rid of gay marriage. Rep. Kraig Paulsen of Hiawatha sits down with Beth Malicki... Read More »

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