Gazette Daily News Podcast, October 16

College of Iowa President Bruce Harreld speaks Oct. 30, 2015, throughout an interview with The Gazette in his workplace in Jessup Corridor on the College of Iowa campus in Iowa Metropolis. (The Gazette)

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Its time for our first climate forecast of the autumn to incorporate the phrase snow. Based on the Nationwide Climate Service within the Quad Cities, there shall be a slight probability for rain and snow showers earlier than 9:00 a.m. Friday within the Cedar Rapids space, with this shifting to a slight probability for rain showers an hour later. In any case, the snow is not going to persist, because the excessive temperature is predicted to be 56 levels with principally sunny skies. It’s going to get progressively windier throughout the day, with wind gusts as excessive as 30 mph, however the low temperature can be predicted to be a bit greater than yesterday, at 40 levels.

Metropolis officers anticipate the fee to repair harm from the Aug. 10 derechos hurricane-force winds will vary from $60 million to $80 million not together with the fee to replenish the towns misplaced tree cover.

Whereas a lot of the towns prices shall be lined by means of the federal and state governments, Metropolis Council members on Thursday contemplated easy methods to stability sustaining the towns long-term monetary well being towards storm restoration and different urgent initiatives.

Metropolis Finance Director Casey Drew instructed the councils Finance and Administrative Providers Committee on Thursday that the town shall be on the hook for about 15 p.c of the prices eligible for reimbursement by the Federal Emergency Administration Company, amounting to $9 million minimal. Proper of approach particles pickup probably will price $30 million, of which the town would pay $4.5 million, he stated.

The College of Iowa must rethink its lengthy and dear battle to search out somebody to steer its variety efforts.

The campus stated Thursday its seek for somebody to take the six-figure place is ending after a number of candidates both withdrew or indicated they might probably withdraw within the wake of President Bruce Harrelds retirement announcement.

The UI assertion was not clear on when or if the campus will resume on the lookout for a brand new affiliate vice chairman for variety, fairness and inclusion a job that has seen rampant turnover since Georgina Dodge left the put up in 2017.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Iowa are at a brand new all-time excessive for the third consecutive day following every week of earlier document highs.

Throughout the state, 482 people have been hospitalized as of 11 a.m. on Thursday in response to information analyzed by The Gazette, up from 473 on Wednesday. ICU sufferers went up from 106 to 107 and the variety of sufferers on ventilators elevated from 46 to 49.

With an extra 10 deaths as of Thursday morning, over 1,500 Iowans have died as a result of virus because the state complete variety of deaths is now 1,505.

Iowa additionally reported 1,356 optimistic circumstances got here out of 6,684 examined Thursday, making for a positivity charge of 20.29 p.c.

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