KXEL Midday News for Wed. Jul. 01, 2020

KXEL Midday News for Wed. Jul. 01, 2020

A 27-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS INJURED IN A CEDAR RAPIDS SHOOTING SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT. FIRST RESPONDERS CAME TO THE WOMAN’S AID IN THE 14OO BLOCK OF 32ND STREET NORTHEAST. POLICE SAY THE SHOOTING HAPPENED IN THE 2100 BLOCK OF NORTH TOWNE LANE NORTHEAST. THE WOMAN’S INJURIES WERE NOT LIFE-THREATENING.

SMALL REFINERY WAVERS HAVE POKED HOLES IN THE FEDERAL RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD. THAT HAS MEANT A SMALLER PROPORTION OF BIOFUELS HAVE GONE INTO GAS TANKS, REDUCING THE AMOUNT CORN AND SOYBEANS TURNED INTO ETHANOL OR BIODIESEL. CHRIS BLILEY IS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF REGULATORY AFFAIRS AT GROWTH ENERGY. BLILEY SAYS HE EXPECTS EVEN MORE OIL INDUSTRY OPPOSITION IN THE COMING YEARS.

IOWA’S BUDGET BILL INCLUDES A PROVISION PREVENTING COUNTY OFFICIALS FROM USING A VOTER DATABASE TO CORRECT INFORMATION ON ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUESTS. IT REQUIRES COUNTY ELECTION OFFICIALS TO CALL, EMAIL OR MAIL A LETTER TO VOTERS WHO MAKE A MISTAKE OR LEAVE INFORMATION OFF AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FORM. COUNTY ELECTION OFFICIALS OPPOSED THE PLAN. THE NEW RULE BECAME LAW WHEN THE BUDGET BILL WAS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR KIM REYNOLDS TUESDAY.

MLB NETWORK IS REPORTING THAT THE NEW YORK YANKEES MAY NOT PLAY THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX DURING THE FIELD OF DREAMS GAME IN DYERSVILLE NEXT MONTH. THE AUGUST 13TH GAME IS STILL ON AT THE MOMENT, BUT THE YANKEES ARE LIKELY TO BE REPLACED BY ANOTHER TEAM FROM THE MIDWEST.

AN SUV CARRYING GOV. KIM REYNOLDS MADE CONTACT WITH A BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTER WHO WAS TRYING TO BLOCK THE VEHICLE AS SHE WAS LEAVING AN EVENT IN ACKLEY TUESDAY. IOWA STATE PATROL CONFIRMED THAT THE SUV HIT PROTESTER JAYLEN CAVIL. HE SAYS HE WAS NOT HURT BUT BELIEVED THE INCIDENT WAS INTENTIONAL. THE STATE PATROL INDICATED THAT CAVIL WAS AT FAULT.

CEDAR RAPIDS FINISHED 11TH ON THE LIST OF TOP CITIES TO LIVE IN AFTER THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. THE RANKING WAS COMPILED BY BUSINESS INSIDER.COM. CEDAR RAPIDS MAYOR BRAD HART SHARED HIS REACTION WITH OUR COVERAGE PARTNERS AT CBS2. THE RANKING FOCUSED ON UNEMPLOYMENT BEFORE COVID-19, THE ABILITY TO WORK FROM HOME, POPULATION DENSITY, AND A HALF-DOZEN OTHER FACTORS. AMES AND DES MOINES BOTH FINISHED AHEAD OF CEDAR RAPIDS, WHILE DUBUQUE AND IOWA CITY ALSO MADE THE TOP 30 NATIONALLY. SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS WAS #1.

WATERLOO MAY NOT HAVE IMPRESSED THE FOLKS AT BUSINESS INSIDER, BUT BIRDS APPARENTLY LIKE IT. IN JUNE, WATERLOO WAS CERTIFIED AS A BIRD FRIENDLY CITY FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR. IT IS THE FIRST COMMUNITY IN THE STATE TO EARN THAT DISTINCTION FROM BIRD FRIENDLY IOWA. THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES CALLED WATERLOO A FRONT-RUNNER IN BIRD CONSERVATION.

NEW YORK MAY HAVE INSPIRED THE SAYING “A NICE PLACE TO VISIT, BUT I WOULDN’T WANT TO LIVE THERE.” IF YOU’RE FROM IOWA, IT MAY NOT BE SUCH A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT EITHER. NEW YORK OFFICIALS HAVE ADDED IOWA TRAVELERS TO THE LIST OF PEOPLE WHO MUST QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS WHEN VISITING THEIR STATE. THEIR COVID-19 QUARANTINE APPLIES TO 16 STATES.

DOZENS OF FUEL REFINERS HAVE ASKED FOR WAIVERS FROM THE FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY WHICH WILL REDUCE OR ELIMINATE THEIR BLENDING REQUIREMENT FOR E-15 FUEL. DURING A RECENT EDITION OF KXEL LIVE AND LOCAL, CHRIS BLILEY GAVE MORE BACKGROUND ON THE SITUATION. BLILEY IS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF REGULATORY AFFAIRS AT GROWTH ENERGY. MANY MIDWESTERN BIODIESEL AND ETHANOL PRODUCERS HAVE ALREADY BEEN SQUEEZED BY ALTERED DRIVING HABITS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. HEAR MORE OF BLILEY’S COMMENTS FROM HIS COMPLETE KXEL LIVE AND LOCAL INTERVIEW AT KXEL.COM.

ELMWOOD CEMETERY OFFICIALS SAY MULTIPLE PEOPLE MUST HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN A SPREE OF OVERNIGHT VANDALISM DISCOVERED ON TUESDAY MORNING. THE CEMETERY ON WATERLOO’S WEST SIDE INCLUDES GRAVESITES DATING BACK TO THE 19TH CENTURY. SOME LARGER MONUMENTS WERE PUSHED OVER AND OTHERS WERE DISPLACED OR BROKEN. APPROXIMATELY 50 FINAL RESTING PLACES WERE AFFECTED BY SOME TYPE OF DAMAGE. WATERLOO POLICE WERE ON HAND YESTERDAY MORNING TO RECORD THE AFTERMATH OF THE INCIDENT, ESTIMATED TO COST IN THE FIVE-FIGURES TO REPAIR.

A PAIR OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN CEDAR FALLS HAVE BEEN CLOSED AFTER EMPLOYEES AT EACH RECEIVED POSITIVE COVID-19 TESTS. THE FALLS ACQUATIC CENTER AND THE CITY’S RECREATION AND FITNESS CENTER WITH BOTH BE SUBJECT TO A DEEP CLEANING. REOPENING DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A LATER TIME.