Friday Morning Read: Operation Clean Sweep, Apple in Iowa, High School Football Week 1 predictions
Operation Clean Sweep - This week’s operation — which involved more than 40 representatives from the Cedar Rapids and Marion police departments, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Department of Public Safety, U.S. Attorney’s Office, 6th Judicial District Probation and Parole staff and the U.S. Marshals Service — was dubbed Operation Clean Sweep.
It was the latest phase in an unusual approach to law enforcement that Marion Police Chief Joseph McHale brought to the area when he was hired last year — an approach known as social network analysis. Read about some of the social interactions police had during the initiative, and what they hoped to accomplish from them here.
Apple in Iowa - Apple Inc.’s plans to locate a $1.375 billion data center complex in Waukee — aided by more than $213 million in state and local investments — represents another building block in Iowa’s march to become a “new home for innovation in America’s heartland,” the company’s chief executive officer told Iowans who gathered for the official announcement outside the state Capitol building Thursday.
Read more about what Tim Cook said, as well as what this means for Iowa moving forward.
Herbert Hoover Highway - With plans in place to widen Interstate 80 from four lanes to six east of Iowa City, the state first must update the Herbert Hoover Highway interchange.
The Iowa Department of Transportation has identified two options — a standard diamond interchange or one that incorporates roundabouts — to replace the existing bridge and interchange at I-80 and Herbert Hoover.
But first the Iowa DOT wants to gather local input on the two options for the interchange, which will need to be updated to accommodate two additional lanes on the interstate. Lean about how the public can interact and influence the decision here.
Week 1 of High School Football - Are you ready? You can read a full breakdown of the key games in the Eastern Iowa area, as well as watch The Gazette's high school sports reporters pick their favorites to win here.
“College athletics is a big moneymaker, and if they can make money and turn some of that over to the university to help hold down student tuition, that would be a great idea,” Sen. Herman Quirmbach, D-Ames said. “Of course, that is an inferior alternative to the Legislature coming up with the money it ought to come up with.”
Read more about the possibility of athletic departments easing financial burdens on their universities here.