The Gazette Daily News Podcast, February 26th

Be sure to subscribe to The Gazette Daily news podcast, or just tell your Amazon Alexa to “enable The Gazette Daily News skill" so you can get your daily briefing by simply saying “Alexa, what’s the news?"

Wednesday weather should set a trend for the next three days: and that trend is a high stuck near freezing but thankfully very little freezing liquid falling from the sky. According to the National Weather Service, we should see a high near 32 degrees in the Cedar Rapids area Wednesday with mostly cloudy skies. Despite the lack of storm weather it should be pretty windy, with a north wind of 15 mph gusting as high as 30 mph at times.

Prep post season action is still upon us and girls basketball put on a show Tuesday night. Clear Creek Amana pulled off a shocking upset in the Iowa high school girls' basketball regional finals. The 15th-ranked Clippers knocked off No. 2 ranked Marion, 66-49, in Class 4A for their first trip to the state tournament. For perspective, CCA lost the regular-season meeting between the two squads by 29 points. Marion, the 2018 4A state champion and 2019 runner-up, was looking for its fifth straight trip to state. Fifth-ranked Center Point-Urbana also qualified in Class 4A with a 49-44 win over DeWitt Central. In Class 5A, No. 2 Iowa City High and No. 9 Cedar Rapids Prairie advanced. The Little Hawks and Hawks will meet in a state quarterfinal game on Monday in Des Moines.

The Class 1A and 2A regional finals are tonight.  

The Cedar Rapids school board plans to offer Noreen Bush, its interim superintendent, the permanent role in a special 5:30 p.m. meeting Wednesday. The board appointed Bush interim superintendent last summer. She previously worked as the district’s associate and deputy superintendent. Bush would be the Cedar Rapids Community School District’s first ever woman superintendent.

On Tuesday Cedar Rapids became the latest city to take a stand on climate change, with the city council adopting internationally recognized targets for emissions reduction and renewable energy expansion.

Among the communitywide goals are reducing carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2030, and achieving net zero carbon emissions, reducing methane and black carbon emissions by 35 percent, and producing having renewables produce at least 70 percent of the city’s energy all by the year 2050.