Tuesday, July 20, 2021

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart pressured a non-profit to cancel an event featuring one of his two opponents for the upcoming mayoral election. Hart suggested CSPS Hall, a non-profit involved in the arts, could lose funding from the city’s hotel-motel tax because it appears the non-profit is endorsing a candidate. Hart sits on a committee that recommends which non-profits should receive funds from the city’s hotel-motel tax.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines has been at capacity or close to capacity every day for the last several weeks, according to hospital officials. They say this is a result of an increase in children being treated for COVID-19, RSV and other illnesses.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Polk County hopes to get over 70% of its residents vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of the next school year. After paying $150,000 over the last few weeks in a series of vaccine lotteries — Polk County said it’s slowly risen to a 64% vaccination rate. Officials say the recent increase in vaccinations could be attributed to the rise of the delta variant.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – Dubuque city council members voted unanimously to use federal money from the recent stimulus package, the American Rescue Plan, to help people behind on paying utility bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city is currently reporting more than 900 delinquent accounts.

IOWA COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A man piloting a crop duster survived a crash into a cornfield when the plane had trouble taking off Monday afternoon. The Iowa County Sheriff’s Office says Robert Garrett, 45, was able to walk away from the crash uninjured. The plane lost power as Garrett was attempting to take off at the Amana Airport.