Author Archives: Jeff Stein

KXEL Midday News for Fri. Dec. 04, 2020

KXEL Midday News for Fri. Dec. 04, 2020

After facing a workforce shortage for months, Iowa has awarded an emergency $2.3 million contact-tracing contract to a company owned by a Republican Party insider. The Iowa Department of Public Health selected Iowa City-based MCI for the contract out of 14 companies that applied, saying it submitted the best proposal and that political considerations did…Read more »

KXEL Morning News for Fri. Dec. 04, 2020

KXEL Morning News for Fri. Dec. 04, 2020

Officials say tens of thousands of health care workers, plus nursing home residents and staff, will be the first people in Iowa to get COVID-19 vaccines, likely in the next few weeks. Officials said yesterday that Iowa expects to receive 172,000 doses of vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna over the next month, assuming they…Read more »

KXEL Midday News for Thu. Dec. 03, 2020

KXEL Midday News for Thu. Dec. 03, 2020

A Democrat congressional candidate who trailed by six votes after a recount says she will forgo further legal challenges in the state and appeal directly to the U.S. House of Representatives for further review. Rita Hart’s campaign had until yesterday to contest the election under Iowa law following Monday’s certification of results in which Republican…Read more »

KXEL Morning News for Thu. Dec. 03, 2020

KXEL Morning News for Thu. Dec. 03, 2020

Democrat Rita Hart announced she will bypass further state challenges and seek help by the U.S. House as she challenges her 6-vote defeat to Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks in Iowa’s Second Congressional District. The Secretary of State certified the result this week after a district-wide recount found Miller-Meeks ahead by 6-votes. The Hart campaign had until yesterday…Read more »

KXEL Midday News for Wed. Dec. 02, 2020

KXEL Midday News for Wed. Dec. 02, 2020

Waterloo police have identified the victim in Tuesday afternoon’s shooting near the intersection of Logan Avenue and Kern Street. Police said 44-year-old Terrell Manning was injured by a gunshot wound to the left side of his face. He is receiving treatment in Iowa City. Authorities have not released any other information at this time. Half…Read more »

KXEL Morning News for Wed. Dec. 02, 2020

KXEL Morning News for Wed. Dec. 02, 2020

We now know the identity of the victim in Monday morning shooting incident in the 400 block of F Avenue NW in Cedar Rapids. He has been identified as 24-year-old Charles James Griffin. No further information has been released, but police initially said a person of interest was being questioned. During her update yesterday on…Read more »

KXEL Midday News for Tue. Dec. 01, 2020

KXEL Midday News for Tue. Dec. 01, 2020

Public health data in Iowa shows signs that the coronavirus infection rate is slowing but the number of people hospitalized and dying with COVID-19 remains high. Some of the ease in case positivity could be due to reduced testing around the Thanksgiving holiday. Some hospital officials were bracing for another surge in positive tests and…Read more »

KXEL Morning News for Tue. Dec. 01, 2020

KXEL Morning News for Tue. Dec. 01, 2020

Iowa officials have certified a Republican candidate as a six-vote winner for an open seat in the U.S. House, in what is shaping up to be the closest congressional election in decades. Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks finished ahead of Democrat Rita Hart in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District after a recount saw her election night 47-vote lead…Read more »

KXEL Midday News for Mon. Nov. 30, 2020

KXEL Midday News for Mon. Nov. 30, 2020

Police have arrested a 22-year-old Des Moines man in connection with a fatal hit-and-run that happened last week…we told you about the incident this morning.  Des Moines Police said Lim Bol Choul was arrested yesterday after an anonymous tip led investigators to him. Police also found the dark-colored SUV that was involved in the collision…Read more »

KXEL Morning News for Mon. Nov. 30, 2020

KXEL Morning News for Mon. Nov. 30, 2020

The Clinton County Recount Board finished its counting of all ballots from Election Day over the weekend and found Democrat Rita Hart netted 2 votes. This puts Republican Marianette Miller-Meeks up 6 votes in the entire 2nd Congressional District, confirming this as the closest congressional race in Iowa history, and in the country this year…a six…Read more »