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KXEL Morning News for Fri. Jul. 10, 2020

KXEL Morning News for Fri. Jul. 10, 2020

New Iowa unemployment claims rose by nearly 3,000 from the previous week but the continuing claims decreased by more than 6,500 according to Iowa Workforce Development. The new numbers released Thursday represent claims filed through the end of last week. IWD says 10,698 initial claims were filed. Full American Airlines service returned to the Waterloo…Read more »

KXEL Midday News for Thu. Jul. 09, 2020

KXEL Midday News for Thu. Jul. 09, 2020

IOWA’S REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIRMAN WANTS TO HEAR MORE FROM THE DEMOCRATIC SENATE NOMINEE. STATE GOP CHAIRMAN JEFF KAUFMANN HAS BEEN CRITICAL OF DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER THERESA GREENFIELD FOR NOT AGREEING TO A DEBATE SCHEDULE PROPOSED BY INCUMBENT JONI ERNST. LAST MONTH, ERNST CHALLENGED GREENFIELD TO A SEQUENCE OF SIX DEBATES. MEANWHILE, THE GREENFIELD CAMPAIGN REPORTED RAISING…Read more »

KXEL Morning News for Thu. Jul. 09, 2020

KXEL Morning News for Thu. Jul. 09, 2020

Not long ago, GOP U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst challenged her Democrat challenger Theresa Greenfield to a series of six debates…two each in August, September, and October. But Greenfield has failed to agree to any terms, something Republican Party of Iowa chair Jeff Kaufmann says it’s part of an organized strategy including Greenfield avoiding public appearances…Read more »

KXEL Midday News for Wed. Jul. 08, 2020

KXEL Midday News for Wed. Jul. 08, 2020

LEAANN SAUL GOT THE MOST VOTES…BUT THE MONTHS-LONG PROCESS OF PICKING A NEW CEDAR FALLS AT-LARGE CITY COUNCIL PERSON CONTINUES. OVER 2,200 VOTERS PICKED SAUL DURING TUESDAY’S SPECIAL ELECTION, BUT THAT WAS NOT QUITE 35 PERCENT OF THOSE WHO CAST BALLOTS. FIFTY PERCENT WAS REQUIRED TO WIN, SO A RUNOFF ELECTION WILL BE NEEDED. KELLY…Read more »

KXEL Morning News for Wed. Jul. 08, 2020

KXEL Morning News for Wed. Jul. 08, 2020

Gov. Reynolds announced Tuesday the state is allocating more than $50 million in CARES funding to Iowa’s mental health systems. $30 million will be directed to mental health regions to support ongoing adult and children’s mental health services and to help cover the increased needs that have resulted from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The remaining…Read more »

KXEL Midday News for Tue. Jul. 07, 2020

KXEL Midday News for Tue. Jul. 07, 2020

IOWA HAS NO DEATH PENALTY, BUT DUSTIN HONKEN OF BRITT FACES EXECUTION VIA THE FEDERAL JUDICIAL SYSTEM NEXT WEEK. THE STATE’S FOUR CATHOLIC BISHOPS HAVE ASKED PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TO CHANGE HONKEN’S SENTENCE FROM DEATH TO LIFE IN PRISON. THE BISHOPS’ LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT ARGUES THAT THE DEATH PENALTY DOES NOT DETER CRIME NOR…Read more »

KXEL Morning News for Tue. Jul. 07, 2020

KXEL Morning News for Tue. Jul. 07, 2020

For the second straight day, there are no new deaths reported tied to COVID-19 in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 data is showing an increase of 413 confirmed cases of the virus from Sunday to Monday, for a total of 31, 656…721 Iowans have died from COVID-19 during the pandemic. The test…Read more »

KXEL Midday News for Mon. Jul. 06, 2020

KXEL Midday News for Mon. Jul. 06, 2020

MORE DETAILS HAVE BEEN REVEALED ABOUT THE MURDERS OF TWO PEOPLE FROM ARIZONA WHOSE BODIES WERE DISCOVERED BURRIED IN EVANSDALE. AUTHORITIES SAY 28 YEAR OLD ELISSA LANDRY WAS KILLED WITH A SLEDGE HAMMER, WHILE HER STEPFATHER – 45 YEAR OLD DAVID BATTEN – WAS FATALLY SHOT. LANDRY AND BATTEN WENT MISSING IN APRIL; THEIR BODIES…Read more »

KXEL Morning News for Mon. Jul. 06, 2020

KXEL Morning News for Mon. Jul. 06, 2020

More violent protests happened across the U.S. over the holiday weekend. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst told me last week that the Constitution allows and encourages peaceful protests…but not what we’ve seen in the country’s larger cities. You can hear the full conversation with Sen. Ernst from KXEL Live & Local last Thursday morning; it’s a…Read more »

KXEL Morning News for Fri. Jul. 03, 2020

KXEL Morning News for Fri. Jul. 03, 2020

Yesterday morning, Speaker of the House Pat Grassley of New Hartford and Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver of Ankeny issued a joint statement regarding protests that turned violent and led to multiple arrests at the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon. They say leadership strongly supports the actions taken by law enforcement. “Assaulting, disarming, and spitting on…Read more »