Thursday, July 2, 2020

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting an increasing rate in positive coronavirus cases. There are 676 new positive cases and no additional deaths Thursday. That brings the statewide total to 29,966 positive cases and 717 deaths.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Des Moines police say officers were assaulted by Black Lives Matter protesters at the State Capitol on Wednesday and now more than a dozen of those protesters have been arrested. However, members of the BLM group say it was police who incited the violence. One officer was wrestled to the ground and had his weapon taken away, which he later recovered.

IOWA (IRN) – The state teachers union representing more than 50,000 state educators is calling the Iowa Department of Education and the Reynolds administration irresponsible for not requiring face masks in schools after reopening.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – The IBM facility in Dubuque will be shutting down operations on November 2. IBM is consolidating operations with a facility in Columbia, Missouri. Most of the employees will be offered the same position or a similar one in Columbia.

DYERSVILLE, IA (IRN) – Major League Baseball still plans on playing a game at the newly built stadium on the Field of Dreams movie site Aug. 13. Now, the Chicago White Sox will no longer play the New York Yankees. The Saint Louis Cardinals will instead take on the Sox. It’s still not known if fans will be allowed to attend the game.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Public Health reports the state saw five more deaths attributed to COVID-19 and more than 300 people have tested positive. There have been 717 total deaths from the coronavirus in the state so far. Of those deaths, 366 were residents of long term care facilities. There are currently outbreaks at 20 long term care facilities

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A Johnson County judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked Iowa’s latest abortion law. The law, signed Monday by Gov. Kim Reynolds, would have required women seeking an abortion to wait 24 hours after their initial appointment before they could have the procedure. It also required patients to view an ultrasound of the fetus and receive adoption information. The law was set to take effect at midnight.

IOWA (IRN) – Gov. Kim Reynolds strongly defended the number of donors on her newly created COVID-19 economic recovery board. KCRG-TV reports the majority of the 13-member board has donated large amounts of money to Reynolds’ campaign within the last five years.

ACKLEY, IA (IRN) – An SUV carrying Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds hit a Black Lives Matter protester who was trying to block the vehicle Tuesday as she was leaving an event in the northern Iowa town of Ackley. Jaylen Cavil, a Black Lives Matters organizer, told the Des Moines Register that he stood in the driveway in the hopes that Reynolds would roll down a window and talk with protesters. He believes he was hit intentionally. Cavil said the impact spun him around and lifted him onto the SUV’s hood but he wasn’t hurt. Cavil said an Iowa State Patrol trooper began yelling at him and called him an idiot.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Cubs will not play its 2020 season. Minor League Baseball announced Tuesday that the 2020 baseball season is canceled.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

NEW YORK, NY (IRN) – Iowans with travel plans to New York will now have to self-quarantine.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that Iowa is among 16 states where travelers to New York are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting that five more Iowans have died from COVID-19 and more than 200 more have tested positive. There have been 712 total deaths from the coronavirus in the state so far. Of those deaths, 365 were residents of long-term care facilities. There are currently outbreaks at 20 long-term care facilities in Iowa.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed into law a 24-hour waiting period for any woman who wants an abortion. The amendment prevents them from receiving the procedure during their initial appointment. It also requires patients to view an ultrasound of the fetus and receive adoption information. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood are suing.

ALGONA, IA (IRN) – A group still plans to hold a three-day motorcycle rally in Algona that’s expected to attract thousands of bikers despite the concerns of local officials that the event could spread the coronavirus. Algona is in Kossuth County, which has had 32 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and no reported deaths, but officials think that could change because of the motorcycle rally, which typically draws 10,000 bikers. One local official says, “we don’t want to be another Florida,” where cases have surged after the state reopened.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Three members of the Lincoln High School softball program in Des Moines have tested positive for COVID-19, putting the team’s season temporarily on hold. Players and coaches will be isolated for 14 days.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Another former University of Iowa football star has made allegations of mistreatment against the program’s head and assistant coaches, according to a social media post. Akrum Wadley, a running back who became the school’s fifth all-time leading rusher by yards between 2014 and 2017 described verbal and physical mistreatment by head coach Kirk Ferentz, offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, and former strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle. Wadley said that he believed at least some of the treatment he received was because he is Black.

Monday, June 29, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. (IRN) – The Supreme Court on Monday refused to block the execution of four federal prison inmates who are scheduled to be put to death in July and August. One of those inmates is Dustin Lee Honken, who killed five people in Iowa, including two children. Honken was given two death sentences in federal court. Honken’s execution is scheduled to take place July 17 at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Des Moines Police have made an arrest after a body was found Saturday night. KCCI-TV reports a man was leaving his job at the train yard when he saw a body near the road. He honked his horn a few times but the person didn’t respond, and he determined they were dead. Andrew James Hall, 27, of Des Moines, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery. The victim died from a gunshot wound to their chest. Police say a fight over a debt was what resulted in the murder.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A homicide investigation is underway after a Des Moines man was shot and killed outside a bar on Merle Hay Road early Sunday morning. WHO-TV reports officers responded to Karma Ultra Lounge after staff asked for help dispersing a crowd of around 500 people. Des Moines resident Sir William Bekish, 29, was found with a gunshot wound to his head. Bekish was transported to a hospital but died from his injuries. Two women suffered gunshot wounds also, but have been released from the hospital.

LINN COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A man drowned at the Martin Marietta quarry in Linn County Sunday. KGAN-TV reports the man was fishing and while attempting to swim a short distance when he went under the water and didn’t resurface. Friends and family members witnessed the drowning.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A Cedar Rapids family are challenging themselves to mow 50 lawns for people who may need the help. KCRG-TV reports the 50-yard-challenge is a national movement that asks kids to mow lawns for the elderly, disabled, single-parents, and veterans.