Friday, July 31, 2020

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Public Health reported nearly 700 positive coronavirus cases Friday. As of 10 a.m., IDPH reported 696 new positive cases and 11 additional deaths in the last 24 hours.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – A man was shot in the leg Thursday night in Dubuque, according to KCRG-TV. Police are investigating.

MADRID, IA (IRN) – Vandals poured red paint along nearly a mile of the popular High Trestle Trail north of Des Moines. The High Trestle Trail is one of the most popular bicycle trails in Iowa.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced guidance Thursday for schools as districts finalize plans to return to class amid the coronavirus pandemic, maintaining that students need to be back in the classroom. The governor said if a county has a 14-day positivity rate of less than 15%, schools should continue in-person learning. If it’s 15 to 20%, with 10% absenteeism among students, districts can ask the state for permission to learn remotely. Schools can also ask the state for permission if the positivity rate is above 20%. The Iowa State Education Association opposes the new guidelines.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – An outside review of alleged racial inequality in the University of Iowa football program released on Tuesday calls on the UI Athletic Department to make changes to its “football culture” but doesn’t call for any changes of leadership. However it does include numerous allegations of inequities, including the targeting of Black athletes by coaches.
The review was ordered by Athletics Director Gary Barta after a number of former Hawkeye football players spoke out on social media about racial disparities at the school.