Author Archives: Jeff Stein

KXEL Midday News for Thu. Oct. 22, 2020

KXEL Midday News for Thu. Oct. 22, 2020

INCREASING NUMBERS OF COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS ARE SLOWLY BUT STEADILY PUTTING RENEWED PRESSURE ON IOWA HOSPITALS. CONDITIONS ARE DIFFERENT THAN THEY WERE IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER. DR. TONY MYERS IS VICE PRESIDENT OF MEDICAL AFFAIRS AT MERCY CEDAR RAPIDS, AND HE SHARED THIS OBSERVATION WITH OUR COVERAGE PARTNERS AT TV-9. AS OF WEDNESDAY,…Read more »

KXEL Morning News for Thu. Oct. 22, 2020

KXEL Morning News for Thu. Oct. 22, 2020

A new Monmouth Poll released yesterday shows a shift in the presidential race in Iowa…Joe Biden leads Donald Trump 50-47 percent when high turnout likely voters are surveyed…that’s a change from a Trump lead in similar polls earlier this summer. The president still holds a lead over Biden 48-47 percent when registered voters are considered. …Read more »

KXEL Midday News for Wed. Oct. 21, 2020

KXEL Midday News for Wed. Oct. 21, 2020

THE WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE SEES COVID-19 EXPANDING IN IOWA. THE GROUP’S LATEST REPORT COVERS THE WEEK ENDING LAST FRIDAY, AND INDICATED THAT THE RATE OF POSITIVE TESTS WAS UP COMPARED WITH THE WEEK BEFORE. THE NUMBERS ALSO SHOW NEARLY 20 PERCENT MORE ACTIVE CASES IN THE ONE-WEEK TIMESPAN. POLK, WOODBURY, AND DUBUQUE COUNTIES…Read more »

KXEL Morning News for Wed. Oct. 21, 2020

KXEL Morning News for Wed. Oct. 21, 2020

Iowa’s unemployment rate for September dropped to 4.7%, continuing a five-month trend of hiring after the state’s economy was hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Iowa Workforce Development reported yesterday that the unemployment rate was down from 6% in August. The rate has declined every month since April, when unemployment peaked in Iowa. There were an…Read more »

KXEL Midday News for Tue. Oct. 20, 2020

KXEL Midday News for Tue. Oct. 20, 2020

CARY DARRAH IS THE NEW CHAIR OF THE IOWA CHAMBER ALLIANCE. DARRAH IS PRESIDENT AND CEO OF GROW CEDAR VALLEY, A BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT NON-PROFIT WORKING IN BLACK HAWK COUNTY AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES. THE IOWA CHAMBER ALLIANCE IS A LOBBYING GROUP WHICH REPRESENTS 17 LARGE CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE FROM AROUND THE STATE AND PROMOTES DEVELOPMENT-FRIENDLY POLICIES…Read more »

KXEL Morning News for Tue. Oct. 20, 2020

KXEL Morning News for Tue. Oct. 20, 2020

Iowa’s auditor is warning that the governor’s decision to spend $21 million in federal pandemic relief funds on a new executive branch software system would not be allowed and should be abandoned. State Auditor Rob Sand said using the federal money to pay for Workday, a cloud-based program for the executive branch’s human resources and…Read more »

KXEL Midday News for Mon. Oct. 19, 2020

KXEL Midday News for Mon. Oct. 19, 2020

THE NEED FOR HELP IS STILL THERE AFTER THE AUGUST DERECHO. OUR COVERAGE PARTNERS AT TV-9 TALKED WITH RAYMOND SIDDELL OF THE IOWA DERECHO STORM RESOURCE CENTER IN CEDAR RAPIDS, AND HE SAYS FEWER PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SHOWING UP TO OFFER THEIR TIME. SIDDELL SAYS THE RESOURCE CENTER IS STILL SERVING HUNDREDS OF STORM VICTIMS…Read more »

KXEL Morning News for Mon. Oct. 19, 2020

KXEL Morning News for Mon. Oct. 19, 2020

It will come as no surprise to Iowans…August’s derecho is among the worse storm disasters of the past four decades. According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the current estimated total cost for the destructive line of storms stands around $7.5 billion, traveling 770 miles in…Read more »

KXEL Midday News for Fri. Oct. 16, 2020

KXEL Midday News for Fri. Oct. 16, 2020

REPUBLICAN SENATOR JONI ERNST AND DEMOCRAT CHALLENGER THERESA GREENFIELD MET IN A DEBATE ON THURSDAY NIGHT. SPEAKING FROM REMOTE LOCATIONS, BOTH SPENT TIME TALKING ABOUT STIMULUS TO HELP PEOPLE THROUGH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. GREENFIELD SAYS SHE WANTS ANOTHER ROUND OF FEDERAL AID SIMILAR TO THE CARES ACT, WHICH CREATED THE PAYROLL PROTECTION PROGRAM. ERNST TALKED…Read more »

KXEL Morning News for Fri. Oct. 16, 2020

KXEL Morning News for Fri. Oct. 16, 2020

A school bus on the way home from classes veered into a ditch following a collision south of Denver yesterday afternoon. It happened shortly around 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Burton Avenue and Bennington Road. A pickup truck was also damaged. Black Hawk County sheriff’s deputies said no one was taken to the hospital…Read more »