Monday Morning Read: Lawmakers will debate reinstating death penalty; in fractured times, visitors ponder MLK's 'Statue of Hope'; all-male group promotes heart health for women

The dome of the State Capitol building in Des Moines is shown on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)
The dome of the State Capitol building in Des Moines is shown on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)

TODAY’S WEATHER — Mostly cloudy, chance of snow. High 5, low -9.

LAWMAKERS WILL DEBATE REINSTATING DEATH PENALTY — Bringing the death penalty back to Iowa likely will get debated but probably not approved during the 2018 legislative session, key lawmakers say. Read more:

IN FRACTURED TIMES, VISITORS PONDER MARTIN LUTHER KING’S ‘STONE OF HOPE’ — Some visitors recalled the optimism about race relations when the monument was unveiled. But now, they said, the country seems stuck in a dark period of racial tensions and open hostility toward new immigrants, shocked by Ku Klux Klan rallies and a president who referred last week to El Salvador, Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries.” Read more:

ALL-MALE GROUP PROMOTES HEART HEALTH FOR WOMEN — It started with a chili cheeseburger and cheese fries. That’s how Cedar Rapids resident Steve Knierim begins the story of his heart attack, which took place in 2014 after that lunch — “what you would think when you think heart attack on a plate,” as he describes it — during a trip to Texas with friends. Hours later, he was rushed to the hospital and had seven coronary stents placed in his heart. It was a long recovery due to the emotional side affects, but it marked a moment for Knierim that created an interest in promoting heart health care to others. Read more:

IOWA WRESTLERS DROP THIRD-RANKED OKLAHOMA STATE — Iowa wrestling faced a defining moment in its season. The Hawkeyes have been grouped with second-tier teams, chasing some of the recent powers in college wrestling. The seventh-ranked Hawkeyes made a strong case for themselves, winning six matches and dropping the third-ranked Cowboys, 20-12, Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Read more:

QUOTABLE“DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military.” President Donald Trump on Twitter. Read more about DACA:



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