KXEL Morning News for Wed. Sep. 16, 2020

KXEL Morning News for Wed. Sep. 16, 2020

Iowa Senate District 32 includes all of Bremer County and large parts of Black Hawk, Buchanan, and Fayette counties…Democrat challenger Pam Egli of Waverly identified some key issues she wants to work on if elected. Republican incumbent Sen. Craig Johnson of Independence says his past experience is what sets him apart from his challenger. Hear extended one-on-one conversations with each candidate in Iowa Senate District 32 during the 9 o’clock hour of KXEL Live & Local today.

Gov. Kim Reynolds will let bars, breweries and taverns in four counties reopen, less than three weeks after she order them closed after a surge in coronavirus cases. In a proclamation that is effective Wednesday, Reynolds said bars may reopen in Black Hawk, Dallas, Linn and Polk counties. Restaurants in those counties may also resume serving alcohol without the restrictions she implemented on Aug. 27. Bars must remain closed in Johnson and Story counties, where the University of Iowa and Iowa State University are located.

President Trump has accomplished a great deal in office, and according to his son, Donald Trump, Jr., that has earned the president another term in office. Trump, Jr., spoke to KXEL News Monday during a trip to Iowa for a rally in the Pottawattamie County town of Treynor. He noted the violence in American cities this summer and early fall. You can hear my full conversation with Donald Trump, Jr., by going to the podcast page of kxel-dot-com.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is estimating that 550,000 acres of Iowa corn—more than half a million acres—will not be harvested this fall due to damage caused by the Aug. 10 wind storm that swept across the state. That estimate places the value of the lost corn crop, based on the yield and price anticipated before the storm, at around $344 million. Corn prices have gone up due to the crop losses so farmers who are able to pull a crop out of the field will likely get more money for the corn they do harvest. Many farmers also have crop insurance to cover some of the loss and other federal programs may help. The soybean crop was largely unaffected.

Collins Aerospace has received a $103 million dollar contract from the U.S. Army. The contract is to acquire avionics support services and incidental materials for the UH-60M Black Hawk mission design series and variant helicopters. The Department of Defense says Collins was the only bid they received on the project, due to its specialized nature. The estimated completion date for the project is in 2025.