KXEL Midday News for Mon. Feb. 22, 2021

KXEL Midday News for Mon. Feb. 22, 2021

SNOW WAS BEGINNING TO FALL SUNDAY WHEN A COLLISION HAPPENED NORTH OF WATERLOO, SENDING ONE PERSON FROM EACH OF THE INVOLVED VEHICLES TO ALLEN HOSPITAL. THE ACCIDENT WAS ON DUNKERTON ROAD NEAR THE IOWA JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER. THE BLACK HAWK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAY A JEEP DRIVEN BY JESSICA WYGLE WAS PULLING ONTO THE ROAD FROM A PARKING LOT AND DROVE INTO THE PATH OF AN ONCOMING CAR. WYGLE AND A PASSENGER IN THE CAR, STEPHANIE MORRISON, WERE EACH INJURED. THOSE INJURIES WERE CHARACTERIZED AS NOT LIFE THREATENING.

IT WILL BE AT LEAST LATE SUMMER BEFORE AN IOWA CITY MAN IS TRIED IN THE 2019 DEATH OF HIS WIFE. ROY BROWNING JR. ALLEGEDLY MURDERED HIS WIFE, JO-ELLEN, IN THE COUPLES’ HOME IN APRIL OF 2019. ROY BROWNING WAS IN LINE TO RECEIVE OVER TWO MILLION DOLLARS OF INSURANCE AND OTHER ASSETS AT THE TIME HIS WIFE WAS KILLED. HE HAS ENTERED A NOT GUILTY PLEA. BROWNING’S TRIAL HAS BEEN PUSHED BACK TO AUGUST SO THAT EVIDENCE IN THE CASE CAN BE REVIEWED BY INDEPENDENT EXPERTS.

STATE SENATOR BILL DOTZLER WOULD LIKE COMMUNITIES TO HAVE MORE FLEXIBILITY TO RECEIVE STATE FUNDS FOR LOCAL AMENITIES AND IMPROVEMENTS. DOTZLER TALKED ABOUT THAT APPROACH TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DURING “KXEL LIVE & LOCAL”. DOTZLER REPRESENTS THE EASTERN PORTION OF BLACK HAWK COUNTY FROM STATE SENATE DISTRICT 31.

IOWA’S NORTHERN-MOST COUNTIES AND THE U.S. HIGHWAY 30 CORRIDOR SAW THE HIGHEST SNOW TOTALS ON SUNDAY. OVER 8 INCHES FELL IN RICEVILLE; THAT WAS THE BIGGEST NUMBER REPORTED TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EAST OF INTERSTATE 35. SEVERAL OTHER REPORTS OF SIX TO EIGHT INCHES WERE COMMON IN NEARBY COMMUNITIES. IN AMES AND MARSHALLTOWN, MORE THAN FIVE INCHES OF SNOW CAME DOWN.

A SNOW PLOW DRIVER IN CEDAR FALLS WAS ALLEGEDLY OPERATING HIS EQUIPMENT AFTER CONSUMING ALCOHOL. CITY OF CEDAR FALLS REPRESENTATIVES ACKNOWLEDGED THAT CITY EMPLOYEE THOMAS HALLMAN WAS ARRESTED AROUND 7 P-M SUNDAY. HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON SUSPICION OF OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED. AN ADVISORY SAYS THE CITY IS TAKING APPROPRIATE ACTION.

WASTE REDUCTION IS ABOUT EFFICIENCY, ACCORDING TO JOE BOLICK OF THE IOWA WASTE REDUCTION CENTER BASED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA. BOLICK SHARED THESE THOUGHTS ABOUT ADDING TO PROFITABILITY BY SUBTRACTING THE INEFFICIENCIES THAT CREATE WASTE. THE IWRC WORKS ACROSS A VARIETY OF INDUSTRIES WITH PROGRAMS RANGING FROM AIRBORNE EMISSIONS TO PAINT TO FOOD TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY.

WHEN IT COMES TO ONE FORM OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY, DRIVERS MIGHT BE LOOKING TO CONSERVE. THE AVERAGE PRICE OF GAS IS UP 14 CENTS PER GALLON OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS. OVER THE LONGER TERM, THE JUMP IS 46 CENTS SINCE THANKSGIVING WEEK. RISING OIL PRICES HAVE LED TO THE RELATED CHANGES AS THE PUMP.

WATERLOO STATE SENATOR BILL DOTZLER SAYS HE DOES NOT SEE MUCH BIPARTISANSHIP AT THE CAPITOL SO FAR THIS SESSION. THERE IS AN EXCEPTION, AS BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HAVE PRIORITIZED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD RELIEVE IOWA’S CHILDCARE SHORTAGE, WHICH DOTZLER NOTES IS AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONCERN. HEAR MORE FROM DEMOCRATIC STATE SENATOR BILL DOTZLER’S RECENT APPEARANCE ON KXEL AT KXEL.COM.

THIS MORNING DURING KXEL LIVE AND LOCAL, IOWA WASTE REDUCTION CENTER DIRECTOR JOE BOLICK TALKED ABOUT THE UNI-BASED ENTITY. BOLICK SAYS THAT GREATER EFFICIENCY FOR BUSINESSES IS ULTIMATELY REWARDED BY THE MARKET. THE IOWA WASTE REDUCTION CENTER OPENED ON THE UNI CAMPUS IN 1988. IWRC ADVISES ITS CLIENTS ON WASTE REDUCTION, ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE, AND TRAINING FOR WORKFORCES IN SEVERAL INDUSTRIES.