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2019: KWWL Year In Review

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Highway construction in 2019
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Cedar Falls Public Safety Officer debate
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Extreme weather in 2019
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Iowa farmers face tariffs
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Micalla Rettinger's death
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Top Iowa sports stories

KWWL takes a look back through some of the top stories throughout Eastern Iowa in 2019.


CARSON KING

It all started with a sign for beer money and ended with millions of dollars raised for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

We're looking back on the Carson King Fundraising Saga and how a simple sign and string of events had Iowans picking sides.

The Carson King saga, a legendary Iowa tale of giving back


HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION

This year, a few highways in eastern Iowa have seen some big changes.

A couple of projects have crossed the finish line, while others are inching closer to completion.

Highway construction in 2019


IOWA CITY SCHOOL SAFETY DEBATES

The Iowa City Community School District is working out specifics for proposed Crisis Response Teams to curb violence and prevent threats next school year.

Look back: Iowa City School District’s debates on student safety this year


SPORTS BETTING

One of the highlights of 2019 was the journey of how sports betting came to be in our state.

Sports betting changes the game in 2019


CEDAR FALLS PUBLIC SAFETY DEBATE

The debate of public safety in the city is a story that KWWL has followed for several months as the City of Cedar Falls holds tight to its Public Safety Officer Program despite regular opposition from the local union.

Public safety debate sees more resignations, a lawsuit, changes in city government


KAIDEN ESTLING'S DEATH

It’s been six months since a Fayette County teen was killed in a hit-and-run crash, leaving his family searching for answers.

Family looking for answers in Kaiden Estling’s death


EXTREME WEATHER IN 2019

We get just about every kind of weather in Iowa. Meteorologist Kyle Kiel takes a look at the year in weather.

Extreme Weather in 2019


IOWA FARMERS FACE TARIFFS

Iowa farmers were faced with many challenges in 2019.

Along with production costs, late planting and a late harvest, farmers are still dealing with China's retaliatory tariffs on U.S. Ag products, like soybeans and pork.

Farmers faced struggles, uncertainty in 2019


WHO SHOT MICALLA RETTINGER?

It's likely one of the biggest mysteries of 2019. Waterloo Police are still pursuing the investigation, working closely with authorities at the state and federal level.

Who shot Micalla Rettinger?


CHRISTHIAN RIVERA CHARGED WITH MOLLIE TIBBETT'S MURDER

Authorities say 24-year-old Christhian Bahena Rivera led them to the body of Mollie Tibbetts in the summer of 2018. Rivera made his first court appearance in August of 2018, charged with the murder of 20-year-old Tibbetts.

Over the last year, Rivera's case has seen a significant amount of motions and delays, along with changes in location. 

Cristhian Rivera charged with Mollie Tibbett’s murder


TOP IOWA SPORTS STORIES OF 2019

The past year has brought many memorable sports stories to the state of Iowa, from big games to big names, 2019 was full of them. Check out the top 5 Iowa sports stories.

Top Iowa sports stories of 2019

Andrew Pearce

Social Media & Digital Content Manager

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