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WAUKEE PROJECT: Name Revealed For Development

We now know the new development going into Waukee will be called Kettlestone.

It’s named after the glacial kettle ponds that once dotted the area. It’ll be the area between Hickman Road and Interstate 80 where the new interchange is being constructed.

Over 30 years of development, the city says the area could support 7,000 new housing units.

There’s also an amphitheater planned and plenty of shopping.

City officials are also planning to re-name Alice’s Road but that name hasn’t been decided yet.

ALICE’S CORRIDOR: Name Change For Waukee Development

We will learn more Wednesday about a big development project in Waukee. It’s currently known as the Alice’s Corridor Project but city leaders are changing that name.

“I think it’s important that you have a named area where people start identifying with because then as this thing develops people will start developing with it.” Mayor Bill Peard said.

The 1,500 acre space between University Avenue and the Interstate-80 interchange will be a mixture of homes, stores and restaurants and will serve as Waukee’s town center.

However, Alice’s Road, the road the town center will sit on, is named after Alice Nezzi. Decades ago, Nezzi owned Alice’s Spaghetti Land when the town was still developing. City leaders say they want to change the name of Alice’s Road because it doesn’t fit with the theme of the new town center.

Some feel if the name is changed, the history of the road will be lost.

ANTI-BULLYING SUMMIT: ‘Not In Our School’ Waukee Students Pledge

After attending the governor’s anti-bullying summit in November some Waukee students decided to host their own summit.

It was organized by a group of seventh graders’ who say they’ve noticed bullying and it’s time to deal with it.

Friday’s discussion at Waukee Middle School focused on being kind to one another both in person and online.

They printed orange t-shirts that say “No hate at Waukee Middle School” with the hashtag #notinourschool on the back.

The students lined up a series of speakers and other activities.

“We are doing activities with more speakers about what people do online could help or hurt them in the future and we’re doing class line activities like step the line if you’re being bullied and things like that,” student Grace Millsap said.

The summit ended Friday afternoon.

POSSIBLE RUN: Huckabee ‘On The Right Side Of The Bible’

(CNN) — Mike Huckabee told an Iowa crowd on Tuesday that he’s “not homophobic,” but believing marriage should be between one man and one woman is being “on the right side of the Bible.”

Huckabee, who is also a pastor, told a conservative crowd, “I’m not against anybody. I’m really not. I’m not a hater. I’m not homophobic.”

“I honestly don’t care what people do personally in their individual lives,” Huckabee said in his keynote address to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.

CAMPAIGN MODE: GOP Hopefuls Line Up To Woo Iowans

Presidential campaigning has become a year-round industry in Iowa.

It’s over two years from the next presidential election but Republican candidates are lining up to meet Iowa voters already.

The latest presidential rush starts Tuesday with Mike Huckabee addressing the Iowa Faith and Family Coalition in Waukee.

On Friday, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan will be the keynote speaker at the Iowa GOP’s Lincoln Dinner in Cedar Rapids.

The Republican Party of Iowa announced Monday that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Rick Santorum will all speak at the state convention in June.

LOOKING OUT: Identifying Drug Endangered Children

A parent’s bad habits can ruin the lives of their children.

“It can be the use of drugs in a household, the manufacturing of drugs, or the cultivation of drugs,” said Dale Woolery, the associate director for the Governor’s Office for Drug Control Policy.

Last year, drug task forces reported 450 cases of drug endangered children to the Iowa Department of Human Services.

“We know there is a lot of children who haven’t been counted who might be in harm’s way,” said Woolery.

Children living in these homes are often victims of physical abuse, psychological abuse, and are often too afraid to come forward.

It’s up to the other adults in a child’s life to do it for them.

At the 7th annual Drug Endangered Children Conference, professionals from teachers to social workers learned what to look for.

FIVE YEARS: Legalized Gay Marriage Milestone

Five years ago today, Iowa became the first state in the Midwest and third state in the nation to legalize gay marriage.

On April 3, 2009 the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled the ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional.

The advocacy group, One Iowa says more people are embracing the change.

“I think people are moving forward in their thoughts about same gender marriage and how they think about LGTB people,” say One Iowa, executive director, Donna Red Wing.

However critics – like The Family Leader – continue to fight for traditional marriage.

“God created marriage, man didn`t. so we are arrogant to try and change what God created,” says vice president, Chuck Hurley.

Same sex couple, John Sellers and Tom Helten, says they hope one day the topic of gay marriage is not a focal point of criticism.