IOWA

A center that teaches and mentors girls in kindergarten through 12th grade in science, technology, engineering and math has opened in West Glen Town Center in West Des Moines.Des Moines Register 

When Lien Vu came to this country from Vietnam as a boat person in 1981, she was hungry, jobless and desperate. Now Vu is preparing to open the first shop in the recently completed 14,000-square-foot Liberty View Mall on North Liberty's Penn Street. Corridor Business Journal

Gov. Kim Reynolds has terminated Dave Jamison, director of the Iowa Finance Authority, effective immediately, on grounds of sexual harassment, the governor's office said. Des Moines Register 

The 2017 Solheim Cup in West Des Moines is a finalist for the Sports Business Award for best event, matching up against such high-profile events as the TCS New York City Marathon and the NFL Draft Philadelphia. Sports Business Daily

When Haley and Travis Flenker were trying to come up with a new name for their brewery, they went to Google and started searching for words that conveyed their vision of building up the community around them with their business. The name they settled on, Thew Brewing, comes from a Middle English word for strength and vitality. The Cedar Rapids Gazette

NATION

All 22 women senators, from both sides of the political aisle, signed on to a letter sent to Senate leaders Wednesday demanding a vote on legislation that would reform the way Congress handles allegations of sexual harassment. NBC News

Everything changes when women have money. That’s the gist of what philanthropist Melinda Gates says in an op-ed published in Quartz, in which she announced that she and her husband, Bill Gates, are pledging $170 million to help empower women economically around the world.HuffPost