Friday Morning Read: Cedar Rapids casinos denied, arrest made in hit and run death, Josey Jewell's Iowa Life

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Casino Denied - Three years later, same result.

State regulators called it a difficult decision. They believed a casino would benefit Cedar Rapids. There were high quality applications.

But three and a half years after denying a Cedar Rapids gambling license, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission came to the same conclusion on Thursday: the market is saturated, they said. Read the full coverage of the decision here. 


Woman Arrested, connected to fatal hit and run - Police say after Ashley Pennington crashed a stolen vehicle into a motorcycle on Oct. 1, she fled the scene on foot, leaving behind her cellphone and a badly injured man.

The driver of the motorcycle, Michael A. Olson, 63, died on Oct. 17 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as a result of the injuries he suffered in the crash.

On Thursday, Pennington, 25, of Cedar Rapids, was booked in the Linn County Jail and charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, second-degree theft and forgery. All three charges each carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison.


You can read the full story here.


Beach Getaway - November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Every day brings pancreatic cancer awareness to married musicians Ron DeWitte and Lynne Rothrock of Cedar Rapids.

DeWitte has been battling pancreatic adenocarcinoma for three and a half years, which spawned new tumors in his lungs nearly two years ago. Despite aggressive treatments, the couple know his time is running out.

But from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, the guitarist and the cabaret singer who married in 2005 escaped to Florida’s Sanibel Island, thanks to the Dream Foundation. Read the full story here.


Josey Jewell's Iowa Live - “Maybe chasing them when I was younger,” Jewell said with a laugh. “We’d screw around with them a little bit. You’d run after them and try to chase them back into the barn at nighttime. We usually let them out after eight weeks or so during the day. At nighttime, you’d have to bring them back in, so no owls or any predators get them and you’re chasing them in.

“Sometimes, they’ll change direction on you really quick. Sometimes, you’ll slip and fall and you’re falling on poop.”

Back to how this relates to being a two-time all-Big Ten linebacker. Read the full story on Josey Jewell here.

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