Thursday, May 19, 2022

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Des Moines school district will offer free meals to all students again next year, even though a COVID-19 relief program has ended. Free breakfast and lunch will now be paid for by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision program. It covers districts with higher numbers of students from low-income families.

ANKENY, IA (IRN) – A 4-year-old girl died of injuries from a gunshot wound to the face in Ankeny on Monday. Police identified the girl as Savannah Holmes.The girl’s father told police that he put his two children in their highchairs to feed them. He said that he saw two men approach the front door and heard them pounding on it. The father feared a confrontation, so he grabbed his pistol and went to the front door. The father told police he put the gun down near a couch and spoke to the men, one of whom said he had left his phone in the home. While he was outside, Savannah got out of her highchair, found the gun, and shot herself.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Cedar Rapids police say a standoff Tuesday night lasted from 7p.m. to nearly midnight. The standoff ended when a person was found dead in the residence. No additional information has been released.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A Kennedy High School student is asking the Cedar Rapids Community School District to make competitive video gaming a school-sponsored team sport. Ethan McCord went to the May 9 School Board meeting and argued for the value of e-sports. He told the board colleges are starting to award scholarships to outstanding players.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – The DNR is encouraging Dubuque residents to secure garbage, and to remove pet food and bird feeders from their yards to avoid attracting a wandering black bear. They say if you encounter the bear, don’t run. Slowly back away and make noises.