Tuesday morning read: Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson headed to Cedar Rapids, Iowa nuclear plant may close, more flu-related deaths reporter last week

Scott Tallman, director of community events, speaks at a news conference Monday at Ideal Social Hall to announce a new music and arts festival, “newbo evolve.” GO Cedar Rapids, formerly the Convention and Visitors Bureau, is sponsoring the event, which will take place over three days at the beginning of August. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Scott Tallman, director of community events, speaks at a news conference Monday at Ideal Social Hall to announce a new music and arts festival, “newbo evolve.” GO Cedar Rapids, formerly the Convention and Visitors Bureau, is sponsoring the event, which will take place over three days at the beginning of August. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson to headline newbo evolve festival- Grammy Award-winning artists Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson will headline a new festival, newbo evolve, which will be presented by GO Cedar Rapids August 3-5.

A media release from the tourism bureau describes newbo evolve as a “multifaceted celebration of the Bohemian creative spirit.” It is inspired by national events such as SXSW, Burning Man and TED talks.

The festival will feature music, fashion and design, technology, culinary arts and more... Read more...

Iowa nuclear plant may close in 2025- Iowa’s only nuclear reactor may close by the end of 2025, the company that owns the plant said last week.

Florida-based NextEra Energy said Friday it does not believe the main customer for the Duane Arnold Energy Center in Palo will renew its contract, which expires in 2025. That customer is Alliant Energy, a spokesman for Alliant confirmed Monday.

“Without a contract extension, the facility would likely close at the end of 2025 despite being licensed to operate until 2034,” NextEra said in a news release. Read more...

14 more flu-related deaths reported in Iowa last week- Fourteen more Iowans have been killed by flu-related illnesses in the past week, state officials reported Friday. Those numbers underscore the severity of this year’s season that has packed emergency rooms and impacted school attendance.

Friday’s report from the Iowa Department of Public Health brings the total flu-related deaths since Oct. 1 up to 43, making this the worst season in recent years. Read more...

Iowa House panel endorses changing lease-purchase law used by Linn supervisors- By handpicking only a handful of local contractors to make pitches for constructing a new public health building, Linn County supervisors can serve — if nothing else — as an “imperfect” example of how not to handle public infrastructure projects.

Lobbyists for a variety of interest groups made their arguments Monday for changing a longtime, but little-used, provision of state law that allows a local government like Linn County to have a developer build a project to its specifications and then buy the building at a predetermined price. Read more...

Iowa State's Nick Weiler-Babb out for extended period with tendinitis- Iowa State point guard Nick Weiler-Babb has been dealing with tendinitis in his knee since this summer. In Iowa State’s game on Saturday against Tennessee, Weiler-Babb limped off the court late in the second half.

On Monday, Coach Steve Prohm gave an update on Weiler-Babb’s condition. Read more...

 

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