Friday, July 24, 2020

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa Department of Public Health data shows Iowa is nearing 41,000 coronavirus cases. As of 10 a.m. Friday, IDPH reported 451 new coronavirus cases and five additional deaths. There have now been 820 deaths in Iowa since the pandemic began.

IOWA (IRN) – Iowa’s three public universities are expecting to see a decline in enrollment that will worsen their financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, the operating budgets of all three universities are $65 million less than the previous fiscal year. That includes an $8 million cut in state appropriations.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Cleaning crews were out at City Hall in Cedar Rapids Thursday morning, after some people left graffiti on the building. The fire department used hoses to spray off some of the messages. A march from the Advocates for Social Justice left the graffiti, writing messages like ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘No Justice No Peace’.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – History was made for the Des Moines Police Department Wednesday during a promotion ceremony. The department promoted its first Black woman to the rank of Captain. Lillie Miller has served the city of Des Moines since 1999 and her colleagues describe her as community-oriented and a caring leader.

CORALVILLE, IA (IRN) – Xtream Arena in Coralville is not open yet but the first major event has been announced: the USA Wrestling’s Senior Nationals in October. The arena is scheduled to open in September and will have a capacity of 5,100 people. Officials say the tournament will follow all requirements from local and state health officials concerning the coronavirus pandemic but it does appear fans will be able to attend, at least for now.