Friday, July 30, 2021

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Sixty different Iowa families were left looking for child care after a Cedar Rapids facility announced it was closing due to COVID-19 and staffing issues. Kids Inc.’s Cedar Rapids location, which serves 100 children, told parents about the closure on Wednesday, saying the facility would be closing on Friday.

ALTOONA, IA (IRN) – Prairie Meadows in Altoona announced today it is resuming its mask mandate. The casino and race track facility said effective Aug. 1 at 8 a.m., all guests and employees must wear a face mask or covering while on the property.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Gov. Kim Reynolds wants states to regulate abortion rights. Reynolds and 11 other Republican governors signed onto a legal brief file Thursday. The file urges the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn previous abortion rulings, including Roe. v. Wade, and instead allow states to enact legislation.

IOWA (IRN) – An air quality alert is in effect until 4 p.m. today because of smoke from wildfires across Canada and the West Coast. Most of the smoke has remained higher in the atmosphere, but now the smoke is coming down to the surface.

AMES, IA (IRN) – The presidents of the Southeastern Conference voted unanimously to approve the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas to join the conference on Thursday. Oklahoma and Texas notified the Big 12 Conference earlier this week that they would be leaving by 2025. Officials say the teams leaving will hurt the Big 12 conference in many ways, especially financially. Iowa State University is a member of the Big 12.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Luka Garza, the reigning Naismith Men’s Player of the Year, was drafted by the Detroit Pistons as pick #52 in the second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday. Garza became the second Iowa player drafted after Joe Wieskamp was selected in the second round by the San Antonio Spurs. Garza became the first Iowa men’s player to win the Naismith trophy last season after leading the nation in points.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Des Moines Police Department said an 18-year-old involved in a foot pursuit turned a gun on himself and took his own life Tuesday. Police had responded to a call of a woman being threatened by a group of men. When police arrived, an 18-year-old man began to run, and then shot himself.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – For the second time in four years, a nationwide pork dealer has been sanctioned by federal regulators for illegal buying practices that cheated hog sellers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Lynch Livestock, based in Waucoma, Iowa, has been ordered to stop recording false weights for hogs delivered to its buying stations, to stop altering classifications of hogs delivered, and to stop creating false scale tickets. They will pay a $445,000 fine.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – With coronavirus cases rising, health experts are becoming increasingly worried about next month’s Iowa State Fair, which will bring more than 1 million people to Des Moines from around the state, including many from counties with low vaccination rates and increasing prevalence of the disease.

IOWA (IRN) – Students at state universities will be paying more this year. The Iowa Board of Regents announced Wednesday that tuition at Iowa and Iowa State will increase by nearly $300. The UNI Panthers will see a hike of $115.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the entire state of Iowa today. The heat advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. Expect heat index values of 103-107 degrees. The heat advisory continues into Thursday evening for southern Iowa.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Gov. Kim Reynolds reacted Tuesday to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending that vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging. She says the guidance “is not only counterproductive to our vaccination efforts, but also not grounded in reality or common sense.”

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – The Iowa City city council is considering discontinuing the use of a military vehicle used by the police department. On Tuesday the council considered alternatives to the MRAP, which stands for mine resistant ambush protected vehicle.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – One month after construction started on the Cargill rail yard in Cedar Rapids, neighbors are fed up with noise, dust and traffic. City Council approved Cargill’s plan to build a rail yard on a 28-acre parcel, and had to change the city’s Future Land Use Map and zoning code. The land was previously an open space wildlife corridor.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Joey Jordison, a founder of the heavy metal band Slipknot, has died at age 46. Jordison served as a drummer for the band, which he helped create in Des Moines in 1995. They enjoyed much success, including the selling of millions of records worldwide and the formation of the Knotfest music festival.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

IOWA (IRN) – Iowa State Senator Liz Mathis announced she’s running for Congress.
She posted on Twitter this morning that she’s running for Iowa’s 1st District. That seat is currently held by Republican Representative Ashley Hinson.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Iowa City police had a busy weekend following several reports of gunfire over the course of two days that injured three people. That makes eight shootings in ten days.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) -The Iowa State Board of Health can’t meet because it doesn’t have enough members. The board has 11 seats, and seven are vacant because Governor Reynolds hasn’t made appointments. Democrats say Reynolds hasn’t done her job during the pandemic, and Reynold’s staff says she is reviewing potential members.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Republican state lawmakers are talking about adding possible legislation to an already planned special session to stop private businesses requiring employees to get COVID-19 vaccines. State lawmakers are already going back to Des Moines later this year for redistricting because of a delay in census data from the United States Census Bureau. Lawmakers could add other bills to the session, including giving protections to employees who are choosing to not get vaccinated.

AMES (IRN) – The University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas are leaving the Big 12 Conference in 2025. Athletic Director Jamie Pollard says it’s not “time to panic,” and that it’s important for every school to evaluate where they are because the college sports landscape is changing.