Sunday, October 10, 2021

WEST UNION, IA (IRN) – A lawsuit filed against an Iowa hospital alleges that a 77-year-old man who was being treated for pneumonia died after the oxygen machine feeding his nasal tube was shut off. David Hackley’s relatives sued Gundersen Health System on Friday over his January 2020 death. They say Hackley had been improving and that the Gunderson Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union was making arrangements to discharge him to a skilled nursing home for rehab before his supplemental oxygen was turned off.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Former President Donald Trump held his first rally in Iowa since he left office. Thousands of people streamed into the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday to hear former President Donald Trump speak. Trump spent almost 30 minutes of the rally, his first in Iowa since his 2020 campaign, arguing falsely that he had won Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa Democrats are voicing their disapproval that many of Iowa’s top Republicans leaders appeared with former President Trump at a rally in Des Moines Saturday Night. Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn said: “Iowa Republicans have tied themselves to a man who attacked the foundations of our democracy throughout his time in office. Just nine months ago, he incited a violent mob to attack his own Vice President and threaten the lives of lawmakers who were simply fulfilling their constitutional duty to certify our election. Iowa Republicans must answer for their silence and role in enabling right-wing extremists.”

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Hawkeyes rallied to beat Penn State late in the game Saturday. Iowa trailed by as much as 14 in the game and trailed 17-10 at the half. Iowa is now 6-0 on the season and earns its 12th consecutive win dating back to last year. Iowa will take on Purdue at home next week.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

AMES, IA (IRN) – Iowa State men’s basketball coach T.J. Otzelberger announced Xavier Foster is no longer with the program. The announcement about the redshirt freshman from Oskaloosa was released Friday. The specific cause for his removal has not been released. However, in June, search warrants for Foster were filed to obtain his DNA. Court documents show he was accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old female in November 2020.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Police are investigating after a shooting Friday night injured two people in Cedar Rapids. They are expected to survive. Investigators said it was a targeted shooting and no arrests have been made.

OSCEOLA, IA (IRN) – A school bus driver in Osceola has been placed on administrative leave amid claims of abusive behavior toward two elementary school students. Students on the bus told their parents that the bus driver apparently got upset over a party toy that was making noises. At some point the driver allegedly grabbed the cheeks of a 6-year-old boy. When the boy’s 8-year-old sister came to his defense, the driver allegedly squeezed her cheeks as well.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Former President Donald Trump will be holding a rally this evening at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Friday, October 8, 2021

QUAD CITIES, IA IL (IRN) – The six-year contract agreement between John Deere and United Auto Workers in the Quad Cities came to an end Oct. 1. That same day Union members agreed to a new six-year labor tentative agreement to be voted on Sunday.

EMMET COUNTY, IA (IRN) – Two Emmet County teenagers are charged with the murder of a 20-year-old man. Authorities were called to a road in rural Emmet County on Saturday after the body of David McDowell was found lying in the roadway.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The second of two white men who brutally beat a Black man during a racist attack has also been sentenced to probation. The pleas came in a 2020 attack on 23-year-old DarQuan Jones, who said the two men attacked him and shouted racial slurs at him after he knocked on his girlfriend’s door in Des Moines. Jones said the men also dragged him to a nearby creek and held his head underwater. The attack only ended after two women who heard his screams intervened. The attack left him with broken bones in his face and wrist and required 10 stitches. His medical bills topped $10,000.

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – The University of Northern Iowa has reached an agreement with a professor facing disciplinary action for his mask policy, saying he can continue teaching his course online but that their policies are not changing. Biology Professor Steve O’Kane was pulled from teaching in person classes after he told students he would lower their grades if they failed to comply with the mask requirement within his classroom.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – The University of Iowa is paying $400,000 to make a lawsuit over Title IX violations go away after cutting several women’s sports programs. Iowa’s athletic department is already facing a multi-million dollar deficit.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa’s largest school district is struggling to put food on the table.
It’s not just a food shortage for Des Moines Public Schools. Lunchrooms are missing trays, utensils and ingredients. Officials say the shortages are due to supply chain issues and truck driver shortages.

POLK COUNTY, IA (IRN) – More than 100 students at Saydel High School left class yesterday afternoon to protest an alleged sexual assault at the school last week. The victim and the person who assaulted her are still in school.

FAIRBANK, IA (IRN) – A man in northeast Iowa has been accused of trying to kill another man after a verbal argument escalated. Brian Beesecker, 49, of Fairbank, was arrested and charged with attempted murder, a class B felony. Beesecker allegedly pulled out a knife and allegedly told the other man that he was going to stab him in the neck and then made motions toward the victim in an aggressive manner with the weapon.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – IAC Dotdash, a digital media company, plans to purchase Meredith Corporation. Meredith, headquartered in Des Moines, owns multiple media outlets such as People, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Living, InStyle, Allrecipes and more. The purchase price was 2.7 billion dollars. The merger would come as a hit to Des Moines, where Meredith is a major employer. Dotdash Meredith is to be based in New York. The new company would “keep a presence” in Des Moines.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Iowa City Community School District bus drivers are asking the school board for hazard pay for driving students to and from school during the pandemic.