Friday, April 16, 2021

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – An overnight shooting in Cedar Rapids killed one person Thursday night. Police say they received several calls of gunshots in the area. When officers arrived, they found a 26-year-old man with several gunshot wounds. He later died at the scene.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Des Moines Police Department has identified the body found in the Des Moines River over the weekend. Police identified the body as 42-year-old Diaa Elhag Kafi, of Des Moines. On March 17, Kafi was fleeing from officers when he jumped into the Des Moines River.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday that the state has its first case of what is commonly known as the Brazillian variant of COVID-19. The variant was first found in Brazil and Japan. State health officials said they’re still learning about the characteristics of the strain. It was discovered in Johnson County.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – Alcohol consumption is way up during the pandemic, and Dubuque County is among the worst counties in the nation for abuse. There were 829 admissions to two local hospitals related to alcohol abuse, 646 of them to the emergency room. There were also 365 cases of drunk driving in the county in 2020.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – High School Day at the Drake Relays is sold out. Many parents are frustrated they won’t be able to watch their kids compete. Seating is restricted due to the pandemic.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Board of Regents will not require students and faculty at the state’s three public universities to receive a COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus in the fall. Regents President Mike Richards is strongly encouraging them to get the vaccine but is not mandating it.

JOHNSTON, IA (IRN) – Gov. Kim Reynolds addressed the national pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday. Reynolds said the impact shouldn’t slow vaccinations much as the state’s allocation of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is low in comparison to the Moderna and Pfizer versions.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa lawmakers are moving forward on a series of measures they said are designed to protect police officers. The wide-ranging, so-called “Back the Blue” bill comes in response to last summer’s protests. The bill makes rioting a felony instead of a misdemeanor and also increases penalties for blocking streets and highways, destroying public property and criminalizes shining lasers at police. It also makes drivers who hit protesters immune from civil liability in some circumstances.

IOWA (IRN) – The latest National Infrastructure Report Card gives the state of Iowa a “C” grade. More than 4,571 bridges and 403 miles of highway in Iowa are in poor condition, and it’s costing the average driver in the Hawkeye state more than $330 a year.

MARION, IA (IRN) – A police dog in Marion has new protection, all thanks to a local hair salon. Silas received the “bullet and stab protective vest” last week. It’s custom fit for Silas through the non-profit group Vested Interest, which provides K9 vests. Epic Salon and Spa donated to Vested Interest to get the vest.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – An 18-year-old man faces charges after a woman suffered a stab wound to the head in Des Moines on Tuesday. Today, Clasean Ronle Stallworth was arrested and charged with one count of willful injury causing bodily harm.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The trial for a man charged with shooting a mother and her two children to death in Polk County is underway. Marvin Esquivel-Lopez is charged with shooting and killing Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez, her 11-year-old daughter and her five-year-old son in their home in July of 2019. The mother and her two children were found dead in a Des Moines home after each being shot in the head twice.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa lawmakers for the fourth time have approved restrictions aimed at stopping animal welfare activists from documenting animal abuse at livestock farms.The bill received bipartisan support in both chambers and is likely to be signed by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Des Moines City Council will resume in-person public meetings at City Hall on June 14. All in-person public meetings were suspended on March 15, 2020, when Mayor Frank Cownie issued an emergency declaration in response to the community spread of COVID-19 in Iowa. City council meetings have been conducted remotely via Zoom ever since.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Iowa City Schools will take days off for Muslim and Jewish holidays next calendar year following a student led campaign.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Public Health announced today it has advised that all Iowa vaccine providers pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The IDPH wants to wait until more details are confirmed as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are investigating reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A Des Moines man who tried to burn down his home has been sentenced to probation. Kyle Hanson, 25, was charged with arson after he got into a dispute with another resident in his building, a duplex, over the other person placing garbage in a recycling bin. Hanson said his options were to kill the victim, set the house on fire or go for a walk, before pouring gasoline inside the home and igniting it with a lighter.

IOWA (IRN) – The Raccoon River is on the list of the nation’s 10 most-endangered waterways according to American Rivers, an environmental group. Runoff from livestock facilities and farm fields poses a “grave threat” to the river.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – State officials said Monday that the U.K variant of the coronavirus is now believed to be the most common COVID-19 strain in Iowa. It’s more transmissible and seems to carry a higher risk of mortality.

MARION, IA (IRN) – The Marion Board of Education has now decided not to move forward with choosing Mavericks as the school’s new mascot, after approving it in February. After the first vote, the board learned of a problematic tie to the origin of Mavericks. The name was originally selected due to the definition of an independent thinker, which is directly derived from Samuel Maverick, a Texas rancher who refused to brand his cattle. After learning that Maverick was a slave owner, the board will pursue other options.