Tuesday, August 3, 2021

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Tyson Foods announced today that all its U.S. employees will be required to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Employees are expected to receive their vaccines by Nov. 1. The company expects leadership to complete vaccinations by Sep. 24, and office employees must be vaccinated by Oct. 1.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A judge on Monday rejected a convicted man’s request for a new trial in the 2018 killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts. Cristhian Bahena Rivera was convicted in May of first-degree murder in Tibbetts’ death.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – An Iowa panel has voted to settle a lawsuit and pay five protesters who supported the Black Lives Matter movement for alleged constitutional rights violations when they were banned from the Iowa Capitol grounds. The State Appeal Board on Monday approved a recommendation by state lawyers to pay the protestors $5,000 each and their attorney $45,000.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Iowa is the largest pork producer in the United States, and California’s Proposition 12, which is set to take effect in January 2022, is causing concerns for Iowa farmers. Proposition 12 states that in order to sell products in California, farms must be in compliance with California’s confinement regulations. Most of Iowa’s hog production facilities are not in compliance.

U.S.A (IRN) – The National Weather Service is now able to trigger cell phone alerts for high-end Severe Thunderstorm Warnings. There will now be three levels of Severe Thunderstorm Warnings – base, considerable, and destructive. The ‘destructive’ storms will have winds of 80 mph and baseball size hail.

Monday, August 2, 2021

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A motorcyclist remains in critical condition following a crash in Des Moines on Sunday. An investigation shows that the 40-year-old Des Moines man was traveling at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic prior to the crash. Police said a 20-year-old Des Moines woman driving a Chevrolet Impala turned into the path of the motorcycle and the motorcycle crashed into the passenger side of her car.

MUSCATINE, IA (IRN) – A Muscatine man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the shooting death of his girlfriend. David J.S. Hatfield called police in October 2019, and said 18-year-old Kaitlyn Palmer had tried to commit suicide by shooting herself. Hatfield later admitted to shooting Palmer.

WAPELLO COUNTY, IA (IRN) – The Ottumwa Police Department found the body of a missing woman Sunday. 60-year-old Helen Elizabeth Showalter’s family reported her missing on Saturday. She was last seen walking away from a vehicle near the Garrison Rock Park in Wapello County. Her body was found in the Des Moines River, and police have ruled her death suspicious.

OTTUMWA, IA (IRN) – Armadillos have made their way to southern Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has been tracking the animals for nearly four years and they have confirmed 17 sightings just in 2021 alone. Armadillos join us from the south, but officials say they can’t survive the harsh winters here in Iowa. The DNR asks if you see one, take a photograph and send it to them.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

AMES, IA (IRN) – The Ames Police Department is investigating a death after a body was found in a dilapidated shack Friday night.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – One person was wounded after an exchange of gunfire in Cedar Rapids in the early morning hours on Saturday. Officers believe that two people who knew each other shot at one another. Witnesses say a sport-utility vehicle fled the scene with a person who was injured inside. The vehicle later arrived at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital with a 39-year-old male passenger that had been shot multiple times.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Science Center of Iowa and the Prairie Meadows Casino are both requiring masks starting today.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – More than 60% of all new COVID-19 cases in Iowa are coming from residents under the age of 40. Iowans between the ages of 12 and 40 also have the lowest vaccination rate, now below 37%.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

NEWTON, IA (IRN) – A child died at a home daycare in Newton on Friday. The 5-month-old was reported unconscious and not breathing. First responders attempted to revive the infant. The child was taken to MercyOne Newton, but rescue efforts were unsuccessful. Police are investigating.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – The two teens who had been reported missing from Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and eastern Tennessee have been found. One is from Iowa. The two were last seen on Monday in the park. The two are soon to be returned to their families. The juveniles, 13-year-old Erica Gamerdinger, of Edgewood, Iowa, and 15-year-old Keith Griffith, were found safe on Friday.

IOWA (IRN) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than half of Iowa has substantial or high transmission rates of COVID-19. Guidance from the federal agency recommends individuals in communities that fall in this group should wear a mask indoors.

BENTONVILLE, AR (IRN) – Walmart will require associates and those who are fully vaccinated to wear masks in stores where new CDC guidelines recommend the measures.