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Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - January 17, 2022

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 2:41


Cruise News Briefing - January 17, 2022. Carnival Cruise Line has dropped Key West port calls for three more ships in January and February 2021. The Federal Maritime Commission reveals a fact-finding study of the impacts the shutdown had on the cruise industry. Spain is requiring the booster vaccination for U.S. visitors effective February 1, 2022.

Civic
What's New & What's Next for 1/17/22

Civic

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 5:41


In What's New & What's Next, the Civic team offers a roundup of San Francisco news and a look at what's ahead on the city's calendar. The news: SFUSD and unions reach agreement on masks, testing and sick leave; pandemic depletes certain tax revenues but SF projects budget surplus; point-in-time count of homeless people delayed. Coming up: School board to discuss COVID safety and get an update on elementary school diversity policy; Health and Planning Commissions to meet jointly to discuss CPMC development agreement compliance.

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - January 15, 2022

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2022 2:45


Cruise News Briefing - January 15, 2022. Norwegian Cruise Line has cut the cruise from New York City short on Gem. The CDC's Conditional Sailing Order has expired, what comes next. Viking Cruises' new ship Neptune was floated out at the shipyard in Italy. Cruise line stocks were flat for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - January 14, 2022

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 2:07


Cruise News Briefing - January 14, 2022. Carnival Sunshine resumes cruises from Charleston, South Carolina. Norwegian Cruise Line adds two tiers to its Latitudes loyalty program. Former FDA Commissioner and cruise industry health consultant Dr. Scott Gottlieb says he believes the pandemic is coming to an end. Cruise line stocks were up for CCL, RCL, and. NCLH. 

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - January 13, 2022

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 2:22


Cruise News Briefing - January 13, 2022. Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that the name of its next Prima-class ship is Norwegian Viva. Royal Caribbean Group's second-quarter is in line with expectations. Survivors remember the Costa Concordia tragedy 10 years after it happened. Cruise line stocks were up for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - January 12, 2022

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 2:31


Cruise News Briefing - January 12, 2022. Norwegian Cruise Line has canceled more sailings late Tuesday evening. The Port of San Francisco is now requiring that disembarking cruise passengers either have their booster shots or test negative upon arrival. Grand Princess becomes the first cruise ship to visit Hawaii with guests in nearly two years. Cruise line stocks were up for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - January 11, 2022

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 2:34


Cruise News Briefing - January 11, 2022. CDC set to lift Conditional Sailing Order, gives reason for why it is not extending it. Carnival Horizon is headed back to Florida after an unplanned dry dock. Viking alters the world cruise itinerary the night before it's set to sail. Cruise line stocks were down on Monday for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - January 10, 2022

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 2:46


Cruise News Briefing - January 10, 2022. Royal Caribbean has canceled three ships and is delaying the restart of one, citing COVID-related circumstances. Carnival Cruise Line axed the two-week Panama Canal itinerary, turning it into a 10-night cruise. Carnival is giving guests flexible cancellation options through January 31, 2022. Cruise line stocks were up for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

Civic
What's New & What's Next for 1/10/22

Civic

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 5:00


In What's New & What's Next, the Civic team offers a roundup of San Francisco news and a look at what's ahead on the city's calendar. The news: Massive coronavirus case spike; schools scramble to find substitute teachers; hospitals strained by COVID-related staff absences; homeless shelters see outbreaks. Also: Money pours in to February election campaigns. Coming up: Q&A session between supervisors and Mayor about Slow Streets; supervisors to weigh open-source voting pilot program.

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - January 7, 2022

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 2:20


Cruise News Briefing - January 7, 2022. Carnival Mardi Gras makes an inaugural call at the Grand Turk Cruise Center. Royal Caribbean releases summer 2023 European itineraries. Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line formalize port agreements with Hawaii. Cruise line stocks for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - January 6, 2022

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 2:23


Cruise News Briefing - January 6, 2022. Norwegian Cruise Line has canceled additional cruises and delayed the restart for five ships. A Regent Seven Seas world cruise itinerary has been altered at the last minute. Royal Caribbean has extended its face mask policy and ban on smoking in the casino. Cruise line stocks were down for CCL, NCLH, and RCL. 

The Gazette Daily News Podcast
Gazette Daily News Briefing, January 5

The Gazette Daily News Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 4:14


This is Stephen Schmidt from the Gazette digital news desk and I'm here with your update for Wednesday, January 5. The weather will be chilly and windy on Wednesday. According to a forecast from the National Weather Service it will be partly sunny and cold in the Cedar Rapids area with a high near 8 degrees Wednesday. Wind chill values will be as low as 15 degrees below zero with a wind of 15 to 25 mph gusting as high as 40 mph. The low Wednesday night will be -3 degrees. It's been more than three years since the infamous “newbo evolve” festival brought headliners including Maroon 5 and reality TV stars to Cedar Rapids along with a financial disaster, resulting in jilted vendors and an unpaid $1.5 million bank loan. On Tuesday, federal authorities announced two men who headed the event face charges of fraud. According to documents filed in U.S. District Court, former GO Cedar Rapids president and chief executive officer Aaron McCreight, 46, now of Dothan, Ala., and former GO Cedar Rapids finance director Doug Hargrave, 54, now of Puyallup, Wash., each face one count of bank fraud. Court documents accuse McCreight and Hargrave of a scheme to defraud a bank — Bankers Trust of Iowa — by making misrepresentations about the festival's ticket sales, projected revenue, projected expenses and the amount of loss that McCreight and Hargrave expected the event to generate. If convicted, McCreight and Hargrave each face up to 30 years in federal prison, a fine and supervised release following any prison terms. A judge hasn't set first appearance dates for them yet. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday she will present an agenda to the Iowa Legislature that includes state income tax cuts, plans to address workforce issues and reforms to K-12 education policy. Legislative Republican leaders pledged to present a tax cut plan that will be both significant and, in their words, sustainable. They have stated a moonshot goal of taking advantage of the current budget surplus to help them in their goal to eliminate the state income tax, but concede this may not be totally doable this session. Anyone seeking details on any of those plans will have to stay tuned. Specifics were scarce Tuesday, when Reynolds and legislative leaders participated in the Iowa Capitol Press Association's annual legislative preview forum at the Iowa Capitol. Reynolds, who faces re-election in 2022, said she plans to unveil her self-described “bold and historic agenda” next Tuesday during her annual Condition of the State address to the Iowa Legislature. The 2022 session of the Iowa Legislature begins next Monday. An Iowa City man was arrested and jailed after police say he shot his landlord, who was at his residence to fix a plumbing problem last month. Carter Wolf, 24, is accused of firing through his bedroom door at least six or seven times in the direction of the landlord, according to a Johnson County criminal complaint. The victim was struck by multiple bullets and needed immediate surgery and hospitalization. Police say the landlord of the residence in the 400 block of E. Fairchild Street in Iowa City had made arrangements to fix a plumbing issue at the house on Dec. 21. He later proceeded upstairs to knock on a bedroom door to gain access to plumbing, which is when Wolf fired his weapon. Wolf's door was not the door the landlord was knocking on, according to police. Police say Wolf admitted to firing his gun through his closed door in the direction of the victim, and that he never saw the victim before shooting. Support for this podcast provided by New Pioneer Food Co-op. Celebrating 50 years as Eastern Iowa's source for locally and responsibly sourced groceries with stores in Iowa City, Coralville and Cedar Rapids; and online through Co-op Cart at http://www.newpi.coop/ (newpi.coop). Support this podcast

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - January 5, 2022

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 2:24


Cruise News Briefing - January 5, 2022. Royal Caribbean CEO Richard Fain stepped down on Monday night after 33 years with the company. Norwegian Pearl has cancelled and returned to Miami after the current voyage had an increased number of cases. Carnival Cruise Line says don't expect the priority boarding to return anytime soon. Cruise line stocks were up on Tuesday for CCL, NCLH, and RCL. 

The Gazette Daily News Podcast
Gazette Daily News Briefing, January 4

The Gazette Daily News Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 3:18


This is Stephen Schmidt from the Gazette digital news desk and I'm here with your update for Tuesday, January 4. If you have some errands left to do this week that require being outside, and want to do them when it's not terribly cold, Tuesday is your day this week. According to the National Weather Service the high temperature will climb to near 35 degrees Tuesday in the Cedar Rapids area. Clouds will increase during the day, with the temperature dropping to a low of 9 degrees by Tuesday night. Highs look to be in the teens and single digits for the rest of the week. The White House announced Monday that it will devote $1 billion toward assisting independent meat and poultry producers, aiming to undercut the four powerful meat producers that Iowa Republicans have long said sell farmers short and that the Biden administration asserts are responsible for rising meat prices. The effort aligns with Iowa Republican U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, who have backed legislation attempting to tackle this problem. In 1977, the four largest beef packers accounted for 25 percent of the market, according to Democratic Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. But as of 2018, the four largest packers controlled 85 percent of the market.  The “Big Four” includes Tyson, JBS, Cargill, and National Beef. Two Iowa City teenagers are facing first-degree robbery charges after an alleged armed robbery last month at GreenState Credit Union on the city's west side. Iowa City police responded just before 11 p.m. Dec. 21 to a report of a robbery at the credit union. According to police, the victim was using the drive-thru ATM when he was approached by an individual with a gun, who then pointed the gun at his head. The victim was able to drive away unharmed, police said. Police were able to see the incident on surveillance video. They identified the pair seen on the video as Laron Gadlen Jr., 16, and Tavarion Herron, 17, who were arrested Monday. Police say their investigation into the incident is ongoing and more arrests are possible. The Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously selected Supervisor Royceann Porter as the next board chair during an organizational meeting Monday. The board also unanimously selected Lisa Green-Douglass to serve as vice chair. Porter is the first African American to serve as chairperson of the board since the county was established in 1837, according to a county news release. Porter is a longtime community leader and advocate who has worked on mental health services, affordable housing, workers' rights, restorative justice and opportunities for youth. She also has served on the Iowa City Community Police Review Board.  Looking to find something new to eat? Never miss a bite of the tastiest local food news by signing up for our free text alerts. Text CHEW to (319) 257-2674 for inside scoops from Gazette food writer Elijah Decious. Be sure to subscribe to The Gazette Daily news podcast, or just tell your Amazon Alexa enabled device to “enable The Gazette Daily News skill" so you can get your daily briefing by simply saying “Alexa, what's the news? If you prefer podcasts, you can also find us on iTunes or wherever else you find your Podcasts. Support this podcast

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - January 4, 2022

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 2:00


Cruise News Briefing - January 4, 2022. Carnival president Christine Duffy assisted with raising the ball in Times Square on New Year's Eve. 32 new ships are set to debut this year, including Wonder of the Seas and Disney Wish. Disney Fantasy guests were not permitted ashore in St. Thomas last week. Cruise line stocks were up on Monday for CCL, RCL, and NCLH.

The Gazette Daily News Podcast
Gazette Daily News Briefing, January 3

The Gazette Daily News Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 2:09


This is John McGlothlen with The Gazette digital news desk and I'm here with your update for Monday, Jan. 3rd. According to the National Weather Service, we can expect it to be sunny, with a high near 22 today in the Cedar Rapids area. Wind chill values could be as low as -20. Winds from the south, 5 to 10 mph. Then tonight, mostly clear, with a low around 15. A Cedar Rapids man was arrested and jailed Sunday on suspicion of robbery after police said he entered a home with a loaded handgun, demanding marijuana from the residents. 20-year-old Dewayne Hunt is accused of entering a Cedar Rapids home in the 1600 block of Eighth Avenue SE on New Year's Day. Police said he had a loaded Glock handgun and demanded marijuana from two people in the home. During a struggle with the residents, Hunt fired a shot from the handgun. Hunt was held by the victims until police officers arrived, according to the criminal complaint. Hunt is charged with first-degree robbery, a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison; felon in possession of a firearm; and carrying a concealed weapon. He is being held on $35,000 cash or surety bond. In the Citrus Bowl on Saturday, Chris Rodriguez ran for a 6-yard touchdown with 1:48 to play, and Kentucky rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Iowa Hawkeyes 20-17. DeAndre Square intercepted a Spencer Petras pass with 48 seconds to play to clinch the victory. Iowa had dominated Kentucky in the second half before the final drive, when the Wildcats drove 80 yards in eight plays. Never miss a bite of the tastiest local food news by signing up for our free text alerts. Text CHEW to (319) 257-2674 for inside scoops from Gazette food writer Elijah Decious —

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - January 3, 2022

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 2:28


Cruise News Briefing - January 3, 2022. Norwegian Cruise Line modifies its cancel policy for cruises in early 2022. A US Senator blasts the cruise industry on Twitter. MSC Seashore was denied entry to its own private island by the Bahamian government. Cruise line stocks were down for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 31, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 3:00


Cruise News Briefing - December 31, 2021. The CDC has increased its travel warning for cruise ships from level three to level four. Royal Caribbean gives an update on omicron statistics since they first restarted in December 2020. Carnival Cruise Line's Horizon wraps up maintenance at Fincantieri shipyard. Cruise line stocks were down for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

The Gazette Daily News Podcast
Gazette Daily News Briefing, December 31

The Gazette Daily News Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 4:11


This is Stephen Schmidt from the Gazette digital news desk and I'm here with your update for the last day of 2021, Friday, December 31. Friday will hover above freezing for part of the day, and with that will come a chance for a variety of annoying road conditions. According to the National Weather Service the high for the Cedar Rapids area will be 36 degrees. Friday morning could have some dense fog on your commute. After this, there is a slight chance listed for light snow in the early afternoon, a slight chance for snow and rain after that, and a slight chance for freezing rain after that.  The low will settle in at around 8 degrees Friday night, and this will be followed by potentially heavy snow on Saturday. The students at Prairie Crest Elementary will get one extra day of winter break while workers rid the College Community school of “any remaining asbestos exposed during construction.” A letter the district sent Wednesday to Prairie Crest families said the district learned last week about the asbestos release that dated back to construction work in the building in June. The letter stated a contractor removing the carpet did not abate asbestos within the carpet glue before removing it. It was discovered by an asbestos consultant who was doing an annual asbestos inspection. The building may not be ready for occupancy again until Jan. 9, but the date is uncertain. The district expects to send families a final plan no later than Sunday. Linn County Public Health has ended its COVID-19 contact tracing efforts. Effective Friday, the county public health agency will no longer conduct case investigation and notify individual residents of positive coronavirus exposure. Eric Bradley, deputy director of Linn County Public Health, said the efforts are being stopped because COVID-19 spread in the county and state are likely too widespread to be slowed by contract tracing. This week Linn County reported more new cases than it has seen in over a year. The department also is taking its cue from the Iowa Department of Public Health, which had ended its routine contact tracing efforts for all individual COVID-19 cases statewide this past August. The Iowa Supreme Court has given Autumn Steele's family another chance to gain full access to the 911 call and police video of the incident in which Steele was fatally shot by police in 2015 outside her Burlington home. In an https://www.iowacourts.gov/courtcases/12502/embed/SupremeCourtOpinion (opinion released Thursday), the state Supreme Court said Adam Klein, the lawyer who originally sought the records on behalf of the Steeles, has legal standing to take the case to the District Court, despite the https://www.thegazette.com/crime-courts/details-released-in-fatal-police-shooting-of-autumn-steele/ (Iowa Public Information Board deciding in 2019) law enforcement agencies could keep records of the police shooting secret from the public. The court found Klein may seek only judicial review of release of the 911 call, body camera footage and police vehicle footage and may not pursue records already made public. The high court decision comes nearly seven years after Burlington Police Officer Jesse Hill accidentally shot Steele after responding to a domestic disturbance at her house Jan. 6, 2015. Let's end our last 2021 update with something everyone loves: Baby names. According to information compiled by local hospitals, Henry was the most popular name for boys born at Cedar Rapids hospitals in 2021, while Ava and Nora took the top picks for newborn girls. Nationwide, the most popular names for 2021 were Olivia for girls and Liam for boys, according to BabyCenter.com. Looking to find something new to eat? Never miss a bite of the tastiest local food news by signing up for our free text alerts. Text CHEW to (319) 257-2674 for inside scoops from Gazette food writer Elijah Decious. Be sure to subscribe to The Gazette Daily news podcast, or just tell your Amazon Alexa enabled Support this podcast

The Gazette Daily News Podcast
Gazette Daily News Briefing, December 30

The Gazette Daily News Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 3:45


This is Stephen Schmidt from the Gazette digital news desk and I'm here with your update for Thursday, December 30th. We should get a break from snow on Thursday, with a chance for more to come on Saturday. According to the National Weather Service it will be partly sunny in the Cedar Rapids area with a high near 31 degrees. A calm wind will blow all day. On Thursday night it will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 19 degrees. In the state's weekly COVID-19 information update, the number of hospitalizations for the coronavirus continues to drop, but new cases ticked up again this week. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the number of people being treated for COVID-19 in Iowa hospitals dropped from 747 to 711, although those in intensive care rose from 158 to 165. The number of patients on ventilators inched down from 101 to 97. Of those hospitalized for the virus, 80.6 percent had not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  In all, Iowa saw 11,234 new COVID-19 cases this week, up from 10,381 new cases last week. Linn and Johnson Counties both reported the most new cases in a week that either county has seen since November of 2020. This surge in Iowa appears to be before the highly contagious omicron variant of the disease has arrived. The variant is hitting states like New York right now, and according to the Associated Press new cases of COVID-19 in the United States have soared to their highest level on record at over 265,000 per day on average. Nationwide, new cases per day have more than doubled over the past two weeks. A driver escaped a fiery semi tractor-trailer crash uninjured after falling asleep while driving on Interstate 380, according to a Buchanan County Sheriff's Office news release detailing an accident Christmas week. Investigators said Ryan Thieman, 49, of Marble Rock lost control at about 4:25 a.m. Dec. 21 while driving on southbound I-380 near mile marker 51. The semi struck the inside guardrail of the bridge over Lime Creek. Leaking fuel ignited a fire, which engulfed the truck and extended to the median between the northbound and southbound lanes. Thieman was able to exit the semi without injuries from the crash, the release stated. He later was cited for failure to maintain control. The southbound lanes of I-380 were shut down between mile markers 49 and 55 for about 5 hours to allow the wreckage to be extinguished and cleared. A Cedar Rapids man is accused of stealing tools and lottery tickets from the Hy-Vee Food Store at 279 Collins Rd. NE. Jason B. Ross, 51, faces two felony charges — first-degree robbery and theft of lottery ticket — and fourth-degree theft, a serious misdemeanor. Officers said Ross entered the store through the back door and stole a Hy-Vee jacket, several tools and roughly $3,000 worth of Iowa Lottery tickets, according to a criminal complaint. When Hy-Vee employees confronted Ross, he produced a fixed-blade knife, backed out of the store and ran, according to the complaint. He left the lottery tickets behind but took the other items. Looking to find something new to eat? Never miss a bite of the tastiest local food news by signing up for our free text alerts. Text CHEW to (319) 257-2674 for inside scoops from Gazette food writer Elijah Decious. Be sure to subscribe to The Gazette Daily news podcast, or just tell your Amazon Alexa enabled device to “enable The Gazette Daily News skill" so you can get your daily briefing by simply saying “Alexa, what's the news? If you prefer podcasts, you can also find us on iTunes or wherever else you find your Podcasts. Support this podcast

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 30, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 2:15


Cruise News Briefing - December 30, 2021. Royal Caribbean to waive cancellation fees for cruises sailing through mid-January. Puerto Rico requires testing for all cruise passengers, causing several ships to cancel calls there. Cunard's Queen Mary 2 will be skipping a call in New York City so it can add more essential crew in Barbados due to COVID cases onboard. Cruise stocks were down for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

The Gazette Daily News Podcast
Gazette Daily News Briefing, December 29

The Gazette Daily News Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 3:40


This is Stephen Schmidt from the Gazette digital news desk and I'm here with your update for Wednesday, December 29th. There should be a chance for some more snow Wednesday, mostly in the late afternoon and evening. According to the National Weather Service there will be a high near 23 degrees in the Cedar Rapids area, so the snow will stick when it falls. There is a 40 percent chance of snow predicted after 3 p.m. and a 50 percent chance of snow before midnight. Linn County and its sheriff's office are paying a former deputy and his lawyers over half a million dollars to settle his assertions that fellow deputies belittled him for taking leave to help care for his newborn son. Scott Becker initially filed a lawsuit against the county in January 2020 in Linn County District Court, but it was refiled in U.S. District Court in February 2020. In his suit, Becker said he took time under the Family Medical Leave Act to care for his child in 2018, but then faced harassment and retaliation from co-workers who didn't want to fill in for him while he was out. Under terms of the settlement, Becker will be paid $334,062 and Fiedler Law Firm in Des Moines will be paid $240,937, according to a document provided by the county According to the Associated Press, the county attorney prosecuting the case of two https://apnews.com/article/fairfield-des-moines-iowa-conspiracy-homicide-87dfe280796d778c0ad55a829e1990b5 (Iowa teens charged with murde)r in the death of their high school Spanish teacher said in court documents they surveilled her pattern of life, ambushed her along her daily walk and dragged her into the woods, returning later to hide her body. Those additional details of the death of Nohema Graber in early November were revealed in a Dec. 23 filing in the case of Jeremy Goodale, 16, of Fairfield. He is charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder with classmate Willard Miller, also 16. Attorneys for both teens have asked a judge to https://www.thegazette.com/crime-courts/second-fairfield-teen-charged-in-spanish-teachers-killing-wants-case-sent-to-juvenile-court/ (move their case to juvenile court.) Hearings on the requests are scheduled for Jan. 27. Authorities have confirmed earlier that Graber had suffered “inflicted trauma to the head," Her body was found concealed under a tarp, wheelbarrow and railroad ties at Chautauqua Park in Fairfield. A University of Iowa student faces sex abuse charges after allegedly forcing a woman to perform a sex act at a 2021 Super Bowl party. Alexander T. Economos, 21, of Urbandale, was arrested Tuesday and faces charges of third-degree sex abuse, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and assault with intent to commit sex abuse with bodily injury, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Economos is accused of forcing a woman to perform a sex act Feb. 7 in a bathroom at a Super Bowl party in the 900 block of E. Washington Street in Iowa City. Finally, John Madden, the Hall of Fame coach who gained fame as a broadcaster whose enthusiastic calls combined with simple explanations provided a weekly soundtrack to NFL games for three decades, died Tuesday morning, the league said. He was 85. The NFL said on Tuesday that Madden had died unexpectedly and did not detail a cause. Looking to find something new to eat? Never miss a bite of the tastiest local food news by signing up for our free text alerts. Text CHEW to (319) 257-2674 for inside scoops from Gazette food writer Elijah Decious. Be sure to subscribe to The Gazette Daily news podcast, or just tell your Amazon Alexa enabled device to “enable The Gazette Daily News skill" so you can get your daily briefing by simply saying “Alexa, what's the news? If you prefer podcasts, you can also find us on iTunes or wherever else you find your Podcasts. Support this podcast

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 29, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 2:35


Cruise News Briefing - December 29, 2021. Hawaii considers requiring booster shots for cruise visitors. The CDC has shortened isolation time for those who test positive. A teen dies on last week's MSC Seashore voyage from PortMiami. Cruise line stocks were flat for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

The Gazette Daily News Podcast
Gazette Daily News Briefing, December 28

The Gazette Daily News Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 3:41


This is Stephen Schmidt from the Gazette digital news desk and I'm here with your update for Tuesday, December 28th. Cedar Rapids should see some snow, some wintry mix, and some rain Tuesday morning into the afternoon. According to a forecast from the National Weather Service, the precipitation should start early Tuesday in the Cedar Rapids area. It should start as snow, with a chance of 1 to 3 inches of precipitation, then turn entirely to rain after 2 p.m. There will be a high of 36 degrees during the day, before it becomes mostly cloudy with no precipitation Tuesday night and a low around 15 degrees. The Atkins City Council voted last week to censure a council member who opposed hiring a city administrator for $92,000, but another council member says those things are not related. The six-member council http://www.cityofatkins.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/2021-12-21-Agenda-Special-Council-Update-12-20-2021-1.pdf (voted Dec. 21) on a resolution for a public censure of Julie DeMeulenaere, who has been on the council since March. The resolution was not included with the online meeting agenda and Mayor Bruce Visser declined Monday to answer questions about what caused the censure. City Attorney Ryan Tang stated at last week's meeting the censure was related to litigation. DeMeulenaere told the Gazette she feels the council's action was retribution for her opposition to the hiring of a city administrator. Council member Joey Svejda denied this charge, saying it was related to legal matters he can't discuss further.  An Iowa City man has been charged with arson following a fire near a Hy-Vee loading dock Saturday. According to an Iowa City Police Department criminal complaint, Hy-Vee management called about 8 p.m. to report a fire by the loading dock at the 1720 Waterfront Dr. store. Firefighters told officers an accelerant was put on the fire. Surveillance video showed a man — later identified as 56-year-old https://www.thegazette.com/higher-education/iowa-city-man-accused-of-assaulting-at-random-two-university-of-iowa-employees/ (Douglas H. Johnson) — walking in front of the Hy-Vee and then toward the loading dock. A few minutes later, around 5:45 p.m., Johnson was seen quickly walking away from the area of the loading dock, according to the complaint. Police said when they located Johnson, he smelled of an accelerant and admitted to being in the area of the fire. A third man has been arrested in connection with a shooting earlier this month at the Old Capitol Town Center parking ramp. DeMarcus D. Robertson Ray, 18, of Cedar Rapids, was arrested by Iowa City police Wednesday after he was released from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Police responded at 1:25 a.m. Dec. 5 to a report of multiple shots fired at the ramp at 220 S. Capitol St. Officers found evidence that multiple shots were fired. When officers arrived, they saw several people running from the scene, as well as Robertson Ray with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Robertson Ray was hospitalized for treatment and ordered to be taken into custody when discharged, according to court records. Earlier this month,https://www.thegazette.com/crime-courts/iowa-city-police-investigating-downtown-shooting-that-injured-man-at-old-capitol-mall-parking-ramp/ ( police arrested) Darnell F. Martin Jr., 21, of Coralville and Mason D. Ward, 18, of Cedar Rapids. Martin and Ward each face a charge of reckless use of a firearm causing property damage. Looking to find something new to eat? Never miss a bite of the tastiest local food news by signing up for our free text alerts. Text CHEW to (319) 257-2674 for inside scoops from Gazette food writer Elijah Decious. Be sure to subscribe to The Gazette Daily news podcast, or just tell your Amazon Alexa enabled device to “enable The Gazette Daily News skill" so you can get your daily briefing by simply saying “Alexa, what's the news? If you prefer podcasts, you can also find us on iTunes or wherever else... Support this podcast

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 28, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 2:25


Cruise News Briefing - December 28, 2021. Carnival Cruise Line is giving guests the option to cancel sailings that set sail through January 14, 2022, without cancellation fees. As of January 5, Royal Caribbean will no longer be offering onboard testing. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings crew members receive a cash Christmas bonus. Cruise line stocks were down for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

The Gazette Daily News Podcast
Gazette Daily News Briefing, December 27

The Gazette Daily News Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 2:24


This is John McGlothlen with The Gazette digital news desk and I'm here with your update for Monday, Dec. 27th. In the Cedar Rapids area today, according to the National Weather Service, we can expect patchy fog between 9 and 10 a.m. Otherwise, partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a steady temperature around 39. Winds from the west, 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Then tonight, increasing clouds, with a low around 27. A bicyclist from Walford was struck from behind by a vehicle and killed on Christmas Day, according to a news release from the Linn County Sheriff's Office. About 2:25 p.m., a northbound 2017 Ford Escape driven by Holly Dubishar of Amana struck a northbound bicyclist near 11609 Linn Benton Rd. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff's office on Sunday identified the victim as 76-year-old Terry Zabortsky of Walford. The crash remains under investigation by the Linn County Sheriff's Office. A Cedar Rapids woman woke up to the sound of a burglar opening her refrigerator, according to a Linn County criminal complaint. During the incident in the early morning of Oct. 30th, the resident confronted the female intruder in the living room of her home in the 3500 block of Elm Avenue SE. The alleged burglar was wearing gloves and “indicated she was going to take the victim's computer to make Christian music with it,” according to the complaint. Police said before leaving the home, Brittany Miles wrote her name on a piece of paper and the resident was able to identify her in a photo array. Miles was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree burglary, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. She is being held in the Linn County Jail on $15,000 cash or surety bond. Never miss a bite of the tastiest local food news by signing up for our free text alerts. Text CHEW to (319) 257-2674 for inside scoops from Gazette food writer Elijah Decious —

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 27, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 2:31


Cruise News Briefing - December 27, 2021. Royal Caribbean President speaks out about the latest COVID cases popping up on its ships. Two cruise lines are now requiring the booster shot in order to cruise. Carnival Celebration receives its signature funnel. The stock market was closed on Friday in observance of Christmas Eve. 

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 24, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 2:19


Cruise News Briefing - December 24, 2021. Royal Caribbean closes all new cruise bookings through early January. Three more ships resumed passenger service on Thursday: Enchantment of the Seas, Norwegian Pearl, and Zuiderdam. Viking has taken delivery of its first expedition ship, Viking Octantis. Cruise line stocks were flat on Thursday for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

The Gazette Daily News Podcast
Gazette Daily News Briefing, December 24

The Gazette Daily News Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 3:49


This is Stephen Schmidt from the Gazette digital news desk and I'm here with your update for Friday, December 24. Friday will continue the recent warming trend, but you may not notice since rain will also be involved. According to the National Weather Service there will be a chance for patchy drizzle starting Friday morning in the Cedar Rapids area and continuing through 3 p.m. There may also be a chance for some fog early Friday afternoon. After that it will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 51 degrees. There will be a chance for rain again Friday night into Saturday morning. A Cedar Rapids man was charged this week in the robbing and beating of Ali Mason, known as the “Taco God” among Cedar Rapids foodies. Jwan Trevelle Roush, 24, is charged with first-degree robbery, a Class B felony, and fourth-degree theft, a serious misdemeanor. He's being held in the Linn County Jail on a $27,000 cash or surety bond. A criminal complaint said Roush was identified on security video. The video, the complaint said, shows Roush attacking Mason inside The Hype Bar & Grill, 1810 Sixth St. SW, on Dec. 5, striking Mason in the face, knocking him to the floor and continuing to beat him until Mason was unconscious. Roush is accused of stealing $450 from Mason and destroying his phone. https://www.thegazette.com/restaurants/taco-gods-hype-bar-grill-finds-a-home-in-cedar-rapids/ (Mason opened The Hype )in May 2021, giving him a brick-and-mortar front for the birria tacos he helped popularize in Cedar Rapids when he started https://www.thegazette.com/food-drink/taco-god-hopes-to-open-a-restaurant-featuring-his-signature-dish/ (selling them from home) in May 2020. He was attacked on what was to be his last day, as he had decided to break out of his partnership. He told the Gazette had made the decision to leave the business before the attack took place. A Cedar Rapids man is charged with attempted murder stemming from a Dec. 2 shooting outside Jim's Foods store in southwest Cedar Rapids. Tyson Peppard Hale Jr., 19, was charged Wednesday with attempted murder, willful injury causing serious injury, going armed with intent and reckless use of a firearm causing bodily injury, all felonies. The criminal complaint stated security video showed Hale shooting multiple times at a man leaving the store, 812 Sixth St. SW. The shots shattered several bones in the man's hand, and the man required surgery. During an interview with police, Hale admitted to firing the weapon “three to four times, but claimed he didn't intend to kill [the man],” the criminal complaint stated. The CeMar Trail project had a productive 2021, with one new pedestrian bridge opening in Marion and another well on its way. The new bridge that will span Marion Boulevard — near Thomas Park — is about 53 percent done, Marion Associate Planner Kesha Billings said. Crews will be back working on it in April, or earlier, weather permitting, she said. The goal is to open the bridge in the fall. The federal government is paying 80 percent of the $1.4 million cost, with the city paying the remaining 20 percent, Billings said. The bridge is one piece of the larger CeMar Trail project, a decades-old plan to build a trail system connecting downtown Cedar Rapids and Uptown Marion. Looking to find something new to eat? Never miss a bite of the tastiest local food news by signing up for our free text alerts. Text CHEW to (319) 257-2674 for inside scoops from Gazette food writer Elijah Decious. Be sure to subscribe to The Gazette Daily news podcast, or just tell your Amazon Alexa enabled device to “enable The Gazette Daily News skill" so you can get your daily briefing by simply saying “Alexa, what's the news? If you prefer podcasts, you can also find us on iTunes or wherever else you find your Podcasts. Support this podcast

The Gazette Daily News Podcast
Gazette Daily News Briefing, December 23

The Gazette Daily News Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 3:11


This is Stephen Schmidt from the Gazette digital news desk and I'm here with your update for Thursday, December 23. It's going to warm up a bit again toward the end of the week. According to a forecast from the National Weather Service it will be partly sunny in the Cedar Rapids area Thursday with a high near 48 degrees. On Thursday night it will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 32 degrees. New COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations in Iowa are trending downward this week after reaching record-level totals earlier this month. According to the latest data released Wednesday by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus dropped this week to 747, a decline following six consecutive weeks of increases. The state reported 823 patients hospitalized as a result of COVID-19 last week, marking the first time since Dec. 12, 2020, that coronavirus hospitalizations were at or above 800. Total available intensive care beds dipped to another all-time low this past week — the second week in a row — after reaching 130 available beds statewide on Dec. 21. Cedar Rapids police on Wednesday released the name of the officer who fired his gun last week at a vehicle after an attempted traffic stop, but offered no detail on whether anyone has been arrested in the altercation. Reserve Officer Scott Fruehling, who has been employed with the department since September 1994, will not perform any police duties while the officer-involved shooting is being investigated, according to a news release. Police say that Fruehling attempted to perform a traffic stop last Friday at 32nd St. NE. When the motorist would not stop, a short chase ensued, until the fleeing suspect turned onto a road blocked off by construction. Police say with both vehicles stopped, Officer Fruehling stepped out of his vehicle to confront the driver, but the driver at that time turned their vehicle around and drove through Fruehling the other way. Fruehling fired at the vehicle as he was hit according to the police account.  Police say they are still looking for the suspect who was involved in the incident. Fruehling was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. Once the process is completed, it's likely more than 1,000 refugees from Afghanistan will have been resettled in Iowa, according to a state refugee services worker. As of mid-December, roughly 700 Afghans had been resettled in Iowa, Mak Suceska, bureau chief for the Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services within the Iowa Department of Human Services, said during the Wednesday taping of “Iowa Press” at Iowa PBS Studios. He said he expects that number to grow to more than 1,000. Suceska and Kerri True-Funk, director of the Des Moines field office of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, said the refugees are relocating in cities across the state, including Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, the Quad-Cities, Sioux City and Council Bluffs. Looking to find something new to eat? Never miss a bite of the tastiest local food news by signing up for our free text alerts. Text CHEW to (319) 257-2674 for inside scoops from Gazette food writer Elijah Decious. Be sure to subscribe to The Gazette Daily news podcast, or just tell your Amazon Alexa enabled device to “enable The Gazette Daily News skill" so you can get your daily briefing by simply saying “Alexa, what's the news? If you prefer podcasts, you can also find us on iTunes or wherever else you find your Podcasts. Support this podcast

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 23, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 2:15


Cruise News Briefing - December 23, 2021. Discovery Princess completes sea trials. Carnival drops Grand Cayman from multiple ships' upcoming itineraries. Virgin Voyages encourages mask use onboard. Cruise line stocks were up for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

The Gazette Daily News Podcast
Gazette Daily News Briefing, December 22

The Gazette Daily News Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 3:18


This is Stephen Schmidt from the Gazette digital news desk and I'm here with your update for Wednesday, December 22. It'll be another sunny, always-somewhere-near freezing day on Wednesday. According to a forecast from the National Weather Service it will be sunny in the Cedar Rapids area with a high near 34 degrees. On Wednesday night it will be partly cloudy, with a low around 26. The Iowa City Community Police Review Board has concluded that the use of flash bangs and tear gas by police officers during a Black Lives Matter protest last year was justified and did not violate the police department's excessive force policy. The five-member board was divided “even after lengthy deliberations,” according to a https://www.iowa-city.org/WebLink/DocView.aspx?id=2038100&dbid=0&repo=CityofIowaCity (Dec. 13 report from the board). By a 3-2 vote, members decided to “not sustain” the complaint but raised concerns over how police acted when the tear gas was deployed. The board received a formal complaint about the incident on June 4, 2020 — a day after Iowa City police and Iowa State Patrol officers used flash-bangs, tear gas and pepper sprays on protesters to keep the crowd off Interstate 80. Starting on Feb. 9, the board met 11 times to consider various reports on the incident. A suspect is in Iowa City police custody after officers responded just before 10 a.m. Tuesday to reports of shots fired in a home near downtown and found a male suffering from gunshot wounds. Investigators have shared few details about the 9:46 a.m. report of “multiple shots fired” at 402 Fairchild St. — which sits two blocks west of North Market Park in the historic North Side neighborhood and three blocks west of Mann Elementary. Officers responding to the two-story home found the suspected shooter on the second floor, in addition to a male with multiple gunshot wounds, according to an Iowa City police news release. He's been hospitalized and is being treated for his injuries — although police didn't disclose his condition. A handful of Senate Democrats on Tuesday held a news conference to announce they will introduce legislation that would propose an amendment to the Iowa Constitution that would make marijuana legal for recreational use and regulate it like alcohol. Amendments to the Iowa Constitution must be passed in two legislative sessions separated by an election, and then must be approved by a public vote. More than half of Iowans, 54 percent, support legalizing marijuana for recreational use, according to a Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll from March, an increase from 29 percent in 2013. Despite this increased support, it all will likely be a symbolic effort. Brad Zaun, a Republican State Senator from Urbandale who heads the committee that would have to sign off on constitutional effort even moving forward in the first place, told the Gazette that he doesn't intend to let it see the light of day. Looking to find something new to eat? Never miss a bite of the tastiest local food news by signing up for our free text alerts. Text CHEW to (319) 257-2674 for inside scoops from Gazette food writer Elijah Decious. Be sure to subscribe to The Gazette Daily news podcast, or just tell your Amazon Alexa enabled device to “enable The Gazette Daily News skill" so you can get your daily briefing by simply saying “Alexa, what's the news? If you prefer podcasts, you can also find us on iTunes or wherever else you find your Podcasts. Support this podcast

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 22, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 2:10


Cruise News Briefing - December 22, 2021. Royal Caribbean bans smoking in the casino. Carnival Corporation provides 4th quarter business update. Carnival's brand ambassador provides an update on “Operation Happy Holidays.” Cruise line stocks were up on Tuesday for CCL, NCLH, and RCL. 

The Gazette Daily News Podcast
Gazette Daily News Briefing, December 21

The Gazette Daily News Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 4:37


On today's episode for Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021: Iowa's https://www.thegazette.com/health-care-medicine/iowa-post-thanksgiving-coronavirus-surge-spills-into-christmas-week/ (COVID spike continues) heading into Christmas An independent review https://www.thegazette.com/state-government/iowas-prisons-overcrowded-understaffed-security-review-shows/ (shows Iowa's prison system is overcrowded and understaffed) A https://www.thegazette.com/crashes/celebration-of-life-planned-for-decorah-high-school-students-killed-in-car-crash/ (memorial event) will be held Thursday for two Decorah High School students killed in a crash Iowa's basketball team https://www.thegazette.com/hawkeye-basketball/hawkeyes-mens-basketball-team-has-skirted-covid-19-so-far/ (manages to skirt COVID for now) Be sure to subscribe to The Gazette Daily News podcast, or just tell your Amazon Alexa enabled device to "enable The Gazette Daily News" so you can get your daily briefing by simply saying "Alexa, what's the news?" If you prefer podcasts, you can also find us on iTunes or wherever else you find your podcasts. Support this podcast

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 21, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 2:06


Cruise News Briefing - December 21, 2021. Royal Caribbean announces 2023 Caribbean deployment. In a partnership with Asia, the first Carnival China Cruise Shipping new build floated out. Norwegian Cruise Line reverses COVID testing decision. Cruise line stocks were up for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

Cruise Radio News
UPDATE: Cruise News Briefing - December 20, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 2:15


UPDATE: Cruise News Briefing - December 20, 2021. 48 guests that sailed on Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas cruise on December 11th cruise tested positive for COVID-19. Six of those guests flew home from St. Maarten while the others remained onboard through the end of the cruise this past Saturday. Out of the 48 guests, 98% of them who tested positive were fully vaccinated. Cruise line stocks were up mid-morning for RCL, CCL, and NCLH. 

The Gazette Daily News Podcast
Gazette Daily News Briefing, December 20

The Gazette Daily News Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 2:53


This is John McGlothlen with The Gazette digital news desk and I'm here with your update for Monday, Dec. 20th. According to the National Weather Service, today in the Cedar Rapids area it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Winds from the south, 5 to 10 mph then from the north in the afternoon. And tonight, mostly clear, with a low around 16. Two teens were killed and three more seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash Friday night in Winneshiek County. The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. Friday at Pole Line Road and County Road W-14, according to the Iowa State Patrol. The rural intersection is between Cresco and Decorah and north of the town of Ridgeway. Investigators said the driver lost control and entered the west ditch. The sport utility vehicle is believed to have rolled three times before coming to rest on its tires. The names of those involved have not yet been released, but all were under 18 years old. Performance results in Iowa public schools are significantly down from previous years, according to new data from the Iowa Department of Education. Within the Grant Wood Area Education Agency — which serves 32 public school districts in this area — Metro High School in Cedar Rapids had the lowest score, dropping by three categories from commendable to priority. There are six categories in Iowa school performance ratings. Highest to lowest, the categories are exceptional, high performing, commendable, acceptable, needs improvement and priority. Cedar Rapids Virtual Academy, which launched during the 2020-21 school year and expanded to K-12 students this year, was also listed as a priority school. The only three schools in the Grant Wood AEA district in the highest category — exceptional — were Lincoln and Wickham elementary schools in Iowa City and Mount Vernon Middle School. In men's basketball, sophomore Keegan Murray poured in a career-high 35 points and Iowa breezed to a 94-75 victory over Utah State in a game at the Sanford Pentagon on Saturday night. Murray knocked down 13 of 17 shots from the floor with two 3-pointers and seven rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Never miss a bite of the tastiest local food news by signing up for our free text alerts. Text CHEW to (319) 257-2674 for inside scoops from Gazette food writer Elijah Decious —

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 20, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 2:11


Cruise News Briefing - December 20, 2021. Two more Carnival Cruise Line ships returned to service over the weekend. Carnival eliminated smoking in the casino through January 31, 2021. Crystal Cruises pulls West Africa from its itineraries over variant concerns. Cruise line stocks were up Friday for CCL, NCLH, and RCL. 

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 19, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 2:09


Cruise News Briefing - December 19, 2021. Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean update face mask protocols. Carnival Panorama cancels the Cabo San Lucas call due to a new testing requirement. St. Kitts has had the busiest cruise week since the restart. Cruise line stocks were up for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

The Gazette Daily News Podcast
Gazette Daily News Briefing, December 18 and December 19

The Gazette Daily News Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 4:14


This is Stephen Schmidt from the Gazette digital news desk and I'm here with your update Saturday, December 18th and Sunday, December 19th. The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday appears to be pretty similar for both days. According to the National Weather Service there will be a high of 34 degrees with mostly sunny skies in the Cedar Rapids area on Saturday. Then it will be sunny with a high of 34 degrees on Sunday. The main difference looks to be with the low temperatures, with Sunday night looking to trend a bit warmer, with a predicted low of 25 degrees. A student brought a loaded gun to McKinley STEAM Academy on Friday, police said, when schools and law enforcement officials already were on high alert because of a nationwide social media post Thousands of Eastern Iowa students stayed home from school Friday after an anonymous TikTok social media post declared it to be “American School Shooting Day.” Law enforcement and education officials throughout Iowa said they were monitoring but knew of no credible threats of school violence in the state. One male student, whose name and age were not disclosed by authorities, faces a charge of carrying a firearm on school grounds, a Class D felony, and taken to the Linn County Juvenile Detention Center, police said. Drew Blahnik, 34, for the stabbing of Chris Bagley, 31, of Walker, was sentenced during the Friday hearing to 57 years in prison, the maximum available to the court. Blahnik, convicted by a Linn County jury in July, must serve 70 percent of that time, or 35 years on the murder sentence, before being eligible for parole. Judge Christopher Bruns, in his ruling, said the testimony and evidence at trial established that Andrew Shaw, a Cedar Rapids drug dealer who Bagley had previously robbed and assaulted, wanted Bagley dead. Credible evidence showed that Shaw, who has not been charged in Bagley's death, asked Blahnik to kill Bagley. Shaw is currently serving time on drug charges. Ending a 31-year relationship that has brought hundreds of high school athletes and their fans annually to Cedar Rapids, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union announced Friday it was moving its state high school volleyball tournament to the new Xtream Arena in Coralville instead. The championship, last played in November in the Alliant Energy PowerHouse in downtown Cedar Rapids, has an estimated economic impact of $2 million in the community. Xtream Arena opened in September 2020. The arena has a capacity of 5,100 spectators plus additional floor seating, and is connected to the five-court, 53,000-square-foot GreenState Family Fieldhouse. The arena is home to the University of Iowa volleyball team and the Iowa Heartlanders ECHL hockey team. A dozen tornadoes struck Iowa in Wednesday's storms, the National Weather Service has confirmed — double the number of December tornadoes the state saw in the last seven decades. For some context for how rare this storm was: The most active month historically in Iowa for tornadoes is June, with 810 tornadoes and 22 related deaths recorded since 1950, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data. In comparison, in that same time period, Iowa had seen only six tornadoes in December — until this week. Looking to find something new to eat? Never miss a bite of the tastiest local food news by signing up for our free text alerts. Text CHEW to (319) 257-2674 for inside scoops from Gazette food writer Elijah Decious. Be sure to subscribe to The Gazette Daily news podcast, or just tell your Amazon Alexa enabled device to “enable The Gazette Daily News skill" so you can get your daily briefing by simply saying “Alexa, what's the news? If you prefer podcasts, you can also find us on iTunes or wherever else you find your Podcasts. Support this podcast

The Gazette Daily News Podcast
Gazette Daily News Briefing, December 17

The Gazette Daily News Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 4:01


This is Stephen Schmidt from the Gazette digital news desk and I'm here with your update for Friday, December 17th. It will be another calm December day weatherwise Friday. According to the National Weather Service, it will be mostly sunny in the Cedar Rapids area with a high near 38 degrees. On Friday night it will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 27 degrees. Wednesday evening's unprecedented December storm killed one person after gusts toppled a semi, left thousands across the state waking up without power and met the criteria to be classified as a derecho — although not as severe as the infamous 2020 derecho that Eastern Iowa is still recovering from. The storm caused damage across the state but mostly in Western and north-Central Iowa, damaging homes and taking down power lines.   The strong gusts rolled a semi truck and its trailer on its side near Walford, on the border of Linn and Benton counties, killing the driver, according to the Iowa State Patrol. The driver was heading south Wednesday night on Highway 151 just west of Walford as the storm was moving through the area. The driver was not wearing a seat belt, according to patrol. As COVID-19 hospitalizations in Iowa have reached the highest levels seen in more than a year, Mercy Medical Center and UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's Hospital jointly announced Thursday they have postponed elective and non-urgent surgeries effective immediately. The Cedar Rapids hospitals both have reported an alarming increase in patients hospitalized as a result of the coronavirus in recent weeks, which has placed “increasing strain on both hospitals' capacity and staffing.” The decision comes after data was released Wednesday by the state showing Iowa broke a 2021 record for COVID-19 hospitalizations, this week surpassing more than 800 patients. As a result of this, total available intensive care unit beds in the state dropped to a new low, reaching just 136 open beds as of Dec. 9. ImOn Communications said it has accelerated its Iowa City expansion, aiming to have the fiber network available to all residences and businesses by the end of next year. ImOn CEO Patrice Carroll told The Gazette the company will be halfway to its goal in the next month with an additional 4,000 addresses added to its Iowa City footprint. In addition to fiber internet service, ImOn will begin offering cable television using internet-protocol television technology in Iowa City by early next year. The Cedar Rapids-based ImOn first announced its plans to expand into the Iowa City market in 2015. Competitor Mediacom https://www.thegazette.com/news/judge-imon-can-continue-iowa-city-build-out-amid-mediacom-lawsuit/ (attempted to block the expansion with a lawsuit) against the city of Iowa City and ImOn, but the judge ruled against Mediacom, allowing the expansion to continue. Iowans are https://www.thegazette.com/state-government/iowans-gambling-9-6-million-a-day-on-sports-betting/ (betting nearly $10 million a day on sports), but that hasn't had an impact — at least so far — on the state's lottery ales. Iowa Lottery sales have continued to be “strong and resilient,” totaling $178.5 million in the first five months of fiscal 2022 — a 6.7 percent increase from the same period a year earlier, Lottery Chief Executive Officer Matt Strawn said Thursday. While there's been no erosion in lottery sales since legal sports betting came online in Iowa in August 2019, Strawn said he's monitoring the growth in sports betting and the increased competition for consumers' discretionary entertainment dollars. Looking to find something new to eat? Never miss a bite of the tastiest local food news by signing up for our free text alerts. Text CHEW to (319) 257-2674 for inside scoops from Gazette food writer Elijah Decious. Be sure to subscribe to The Gazette Daily news podcast, or just tell your Amazon Alexa enabled device to “enable The Gazette Daily News skill" so you can get your daily briefing by simply... Support this podcast

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 16, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 2:10


Cruise News Briefing - December 16, 2021. Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas will homeport in Port Canaveral late next year. Carnival's kids' club Camp Ocean has reopened. France is now requiring booster shots to enter the country. Cruise line stocks were down on Wednesday for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 15, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 2:19


Cruise News Briefing - December 15, 2021. Disney Cruise Line announces second year-round homeport in Port Everglades. Norwegian Cruise Line announces plans to seasonally homeport in Panama City. Virgin Voyages teams up with Aviation Gin. Cruise line stocks were down for CCL, NCLH, and RCL. 

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 14, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 1:58


Cruise News Briefing - December 14, 2021. Two Carnival ships resumed cruising on Monday. St. Maarten seeing more cruise ship visitors. A lawsuit against Carnival Corporation is heading to trial. Cruise line stocks were down on Monday for CCL, NCLH, and RCL. 

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 13, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 2:06


Cruise News Briefing - December 13, 2021. Carnival reopens Camp Ocean kids' club. Carnival Radiance is christened in Long Beach.  Enchanted Princess is set to be christened tonight in Fort Lauderdale. A woman in her 20s went overboard on Carnival Miracle. Cruise stocks were up on Friday for CCL, NCLH, and RCL. 

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 21, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 2:13


Cruise News Briefing - December 21, 2021. Four more Carnival ships will resume sailings this month. Carnival has extended its cruise pause in Australia. A Key West committee against large cruise ships protested the arrival of Norwegian Dawn on Thursday. Cruise line stocks were down on Thursday for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 9, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 2:20


Cruise News Briefing - December 9, 2021. Jimmy Buffett launches and rebrands a cruise line in South Florida. Norwegian Dawn has resumed cruises. Royal Caribbean shares fun facts about its restart. Cruise line stocks closed up for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 8, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 2:08


Cruise News Briefing - December 8, 2021. Carnival announces cruise and entertainment directors on Radiance. Global cruise capacity should be up by 8.4% this month. Crystal Cruises announces new zero single supplement fee promotion for select 2022 ocean sailings. Cruise line stocks were flat for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 7, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 2:03


Cruise News Briefing - December 7, 2021. Four Royal Caribbean ships will sail in Alaska in 2023. Former Costa ship beached at a scrapyard in Pakistan. Antarctica cruise passengers catch solar eclipse. On Monday, cruise line stocks were up for CCL, RCL, and NCLH. 

Cruise Radio News
Cruise News Briefing - December 6, 2021

Cruise Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 2:09


Cruise News Briefing - December 6, 2021. Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas has returned to sailing after a 21-month pause. Norwegian Cruise Line' ship breakaway returns to New Orleans with 10 COVID-19 cases onboard. Royal Caribbean requires PCR test for children to board the cruise.  Cruise stocks were down on Friday for CCL, RCL, and NCLH.