KXEL Midday News for Fri. Jul. 31, 2020

KXEL Midday News for Fri. Jul. 31, 2020

A THURSDAY SHOOTING IN DUBUQUE’S NORTH END DISTRICT KEPT INVESTIGATORS ON THE SCENE INTO THE EARLY HOURS OF THIS MORNING. ONE MAN WAS INJURED IN THE 2300 BLOCK OF CENTRAL AVENUE. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO A DUBUQUE HOSPITAL. HIS INJURIES WERE NOT LIFE THREATENING. THE INITIAL REPORT OF THAT SHOOTING WAS RECEIVED BY POLICE SHORTLY AFTER 10:30 LAST NIGHT.

INEQUALITY IN THE IOWA HAWKEYE FOOTBALL PROGRAM NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED, BUT CHANGES IN LEADERSHIP ARE NOT NECESSARY. THAT’S THE CONCLUSION OF A REPORT RELEASED YESTERDAY, WHICH INCLUDES ALLEGATIONS OF INEQUITY, INCLUDING THE TARGETING OF BLACK ATHLETES BY COACHES. THE REVIEW WAS CONDUCTED BY LAW FIRM HUSCH BLACKWELL. DURING THE INVESTIGATION, THEY SPOKE TO 111 CURRENT AND FORMER PLAYERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM, AND WHILE PLAYERS WERE POSITIVE ABOUT THEIR POSITION COACHES, MANY HAD A MUCH DIFFERENT VIEW OF THE PROGRAM AS A WHOLE.

MATT WHITAKER IS CONFIDENT THAT HAWKEYE FOOTBALL CAN RECOVER AND SOLVE ITS CHALLENGES. THE FORMER ACTING U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL WAS A STARTING TIGHT END ON AN IOWA ROSE BOWL TEAM AND SPOKE ABOUT THE SITUATION YESTERDAY WHEN HE WAS A GUEST ON KXEL LIVE AND LOCAL. HEAR THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW WITH MATT WHITAKER ONLINE AT KXEL.COM.

CONCERNS ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS ARE BEING REALIZED. AS COVID-19 SHUTDOWN SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES THIS SPRING, PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS WARNED THAT ABUSE VICTIMS MIGHT NOT HAVE ACCESS TO RESOURCES WHICH ARE TYPICALLY AVAILABLE. OUR COVERAGE PARTNERS AT TV-9 SPOKE WITH ALTA MEDEA-PETERS OF THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INTERVENTION PROGRAM IN IOWA CITY. SHE SAYS CALLS FOR HELP ARE UP SINCE SUMMER HAS ARRIVED. MEDEA-PETERS SAYS THE ORGANIZATION IS LIKELY TO RECEIVE AT LEAST AS MANY CALLS DURING THEIR CURRENT OPERATIONAL YEAR AS THEY DID A YEAR AGO.

41-YEAR-OLD GERALD PARKER OF CRESTON IS CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN A WEST CENTRAL IOWA KILLING. THE BODY OF 39-YEAR-OLD JONATHAN HOFFMAN OF DES MOINES WAS FOUND AT A RURAL INTERSECTION IN MADISON COUNTY SOUTHWEST OF WINTERSET. A DELIVERY DRIVER FOUND HOFFMAN’S BODY ON THE AFTERNOON OF JULY 21. IS BEING HELD IN THE MADISON COUNTY JAIL. AUTHORITIES ALLEGE THAT PARKER SHOT HOFFMAN AFTER A DISPUTE WHILE THE TWO WERE DRIVING TOGETHER.

A BRUSH FIRE AT THE CEDAR FALLS COMPOST FACILITY DISRUPTED OPERATIONS THIS WEEK. THE SITE IS OPENING BACK UP IN TIME FOR THE WEEKEND WHILE CITY OFFICIALS CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION. A FURTHER UPDATE ON FUTURE AVAILABILITY OF THE COMPOST FACILITY IS PLANNED FOR NEXT WEEK. MEANWHILE, DEPENDING ON THE WIND DIRECTION, SOME SMOKE HAS BLOWN DOWNTOWN. HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY IS COULD IRRITATE THOSE WITH RESPIRATORY SENSITIVITY.

IOWA NATIVE MATT WHITAKER IS KEEPING BUSY AFTER SERVING AS AN ACTING U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL WITHIN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. WHITAKER TALKED ABOUT HIS RECENT ACTIVITIES WHILE HE WAS A GUEST ON KXEL LIVE AND LOCAL. WHITAKER IS ALSO A FORMER IOWA HAWKEYE FOOTBALL PLAYER; HEAR HIS REACTION TO THE RECENT REPORT ON RACIAL INEQUALITY IN THE HAWKEYE PROGRAM DURING NEXT HOUR’S NEWS.

IF YOU’RE PLANNING TO WATCH COLLEGE SPORTS OR ANYTHING ELSE WHILE IN A BAR OR RESTAURANT DURING THE COMING MONTHS, YOU’LL PROBABLY SEE THOSE ESTABLISHMENTS TAKING SOCIAL DISTANCING VERY SERIOUSLY. CLOSER INSPECTIONS FROM STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS COULD MEAN FINES AND EVEN CLOSURES IF PROPER SPACE REQUIREMENTS AREN’T MAINTAINED. THREE VIOLATIONS WOULD MEAN THAT FOOD OR ALCOHOL LICENSES WOULD BE PULLED. CHRIS NEWITT IS ASSISTANT MANAGER OF “JUST CUZ” IN CEDAR RAPIDS. OUR COVERAGE PARTNERS AT TV9 TALKED TO NEWITT ABOUT NAVIGATING THE RULES. INCREASING INSPECTIONS OF BARS AND RESTAURANTS ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN THIS WEEK.

IT’S AN OFF DAY FOR THE DON BOSCO HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL TEAM. A 9-1 WIN THURSDAY DURING THE STATE TOURNAMENT IN DES MOINES PUTS THE DONS IN POSITION TO PLAY FOR THEIR FIRST STATE TITLE SINCE 1978. TOMORROW MORNING’S FINAL IS AT 10:30 AGAINST DEFENDING CHAMPION MASON CITY NEWMAN.