KXEL Morning News for Wed. Jan. 13, 2021

KXEL Morning News for Wed. Jan. 13, 2021

AN EQUIPMENT ACCIDENT KILLED A MAN IN CEDAR RAPIDS ON TUESDAY
AFTERNOON. THE LINN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS THE FATALITY
HAPPENED SHORTLY AFTER 1:30 IN THE 1700 BLOCK OF COTTAGE GROVE
PARKWAY. THAT’S WHERE WORK WAS UNDERWAY TO CLEAR DEBRIS FROM
DOWNED TREES. THE VICTIM HAS NOT BEEN PUBLICLY IDENTIFIED; HE WAS HIT
AND PINNED BY A BACKING SKID-LOADER AND PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE
SCENE. AUTHORITIES INDICATED THEY ARE STILL INVESTIGATING.

INFORMATION ABOUT DAMAGE AT RIVERFRONT STADIUM FROM A FIRE
EARLIER THIS MONTH WAS PUBLICLY REVEALED ON TUESDAY. THE WATERLOO
LEISURE SERVICES BOARD HEARD DETAILS ABOUT THE INCIDENT WHICH
HAPPENED JANUARY 4TH. ALTHOUGH THE FIRE WAS ISOLATED TO THE
FACILITY’S ELECTRICAL TERMINAL, IT IS STILL ESTIMATED TO HAVE CAUSED
OVER 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGE. THE WATERLOO BUCKS PLAY AT
RIVERFRONT STADIUM, AND THE TEAM’S OFFICES THERE HAVE REMAINED
OPEN SINCE THE FIRE. HEAR FROM BUCKS GENERAL MANAGER DAN CORBIN
LATER THIS MORNING DURING KXEL LIVE AND LOCAL.

WATERLOO MAYOR QUENTIN HART WILL SPEAK DURING THE FIRST OF 25
VIRTUAL IOWA TOWN HALL MEETINGS. THE SESSIONS PLANNED BY NEW
FRONTIER ACTION WILL EACH BE FOCUSSED ON COUNTIES WITH HIGHER-THANAVERAGE
POVERTY RATES, BUT HART TOLD KXEL, HE HAS MANY POSITIVES TO
HIGHLIGHT. TONIGHT’S TOWNHALL FEATURING HART WILL BEGIN
AT 7 P-M AND BE AVAILABLE AT NEW FRONTIER ACTION.

OVER NINE PERCENT OF IOWA’S POPULATION HAS HAD A POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST. ON TUESDAY, ANOTHER 83 CORONAVIRUS RELATED DEATHS WERE CONFIRMED, INCREASING THE STATE TOTAL TO 4,222. OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS, THE ROLLING AVERAGE OF DAILY NEW CASES HAS INCREASED 44%, ACCORDING TO JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY. MORE THAN 50 IOWA COUNTIES HAVE A 14-DAY AVERAGE POSITIVITY RATE ABOVE 15%, A LEVEL INDICATING SIGNIFICANT COMMUNITY VIRUS SPREAD
A TRAIN-VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN CORALVILLE TUESDAY RESULTED IN INJURIES. TWO PEOPLE IN A SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE RECEIVED ATTENTION FROM FIRST RESPONDERS WITH ONE OF THEM TAKEN TO A NEARBY HOSPITAL. THE TRAIN INVOLVED WAS OPERATING ON TRACKS OWNED BY IOWA INTERSTATE RAILROAD.

AN IOWA ADVOCACY GROUP SAYS THE STATE AND FEDERAL RESPONSE TO COVID-19 HAS BEEN INADQEUITE, WITH A DISPROPORTUNATE IMPACT ON RURAL AND MINORITY AREAS. NEW FRONTIER ACTION IS HOSTING A SERIES OF 25 VIRTUAL TOWNHALL MEETINGS TO ADDRESS THOSE ISSUES. THE FIRST IS TONIGHT AND WILL FOCUS ON WATERLOO MAYOR QUENTIN HART’S PERSPECTIVE. NEW FRONTIER ACTION WAS FOUNDED LAST JULY WITH A FOCUS ON ISSUES RELATED TO POVERTY. TONIGHT’S ONLINE TOWNHALL BEGINS AT 7 P.M.

NEXT THURSDAY’S UNI PANTHER MEN’S BASKETBALL GAME VERSUS DRAKE HAS BEEN POSTPONED. THE GAME HAD BEEN SCHEDULED FOR THE MCLEOD CENTER. POSITIVE CASES RELATED TO THE BULLDOGS PROGRAM LED TO THE POSTPONEMENT. THE MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE HOPES TO RESCHEDULE THE GAME LATER THIS SEASON.