Gazette Daily News Podcast, March 10

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Tuesday’s weather is set to be sunny and calm. The National Weather Service predicts a high of 51 degrees in the Cedar Rapids area with winds in the 5 to 10 mph range.

There are now 8 confirmed coronavirus cases in Iowa. After three cases in Johnson County were announced by Gov. Kim Reynolds on Sunday who were linked to an Egyptian cruise ship, another four people from Johnson County who were on that cruise tested positive. The eighth case, in Pottawattamie County, was identified as a female Panera Bread worker, aged 40 to 60, who had recently traveled to California. The Panera voluntarily closed and performed a voluntary deep clean. All 8 are undergoing voluntary self quarantine. Gov. Reynolds signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency Monday evening, activating the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Iowa Emergency Response Plan. This is intended to provide the necessary funding to deal with the emerging threat from the disease.

Nationally, continued worry over the growing spread of the respiratory disease, combined with an oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia over the weekend, led to a more than 2,000 point drop on the Dow Jones Industrial Average Monday. This was the single largest drop in history in point value.

The Cedar Rapids school board voted Monday in favor of issuing $26 million in bonds to build a new facility at the site of Jackson Elementary School. The elementary at 1300 38th St. NW is the second building in the district slated to be rebuilt before the old school is demolished as part of a facilities plan that intends to rebuild 10 Cedar Rapids Community School District elementary schools, remodel three and close the other eight.

The Iowa high school boys' state basketball tournament tipped off Monday and, for North Linn fans, it didn't look much different than last week. Two days after the Lynx girls captured the Class 2A state title, the boys beat West Sioux 56-51 in a Class 2A quarterfinal game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Austin Miller scored 24 points and Austin Hilmer added 19. The two Austins scored every second-half point for the defending champs. Treynor and Boyden-Hull were Monday's other winners in 2A. In Class 1A, Springville's first state tournament trip since 1975 ended in a heartbreaking 55-52 loss to Algona Garrigan and Wapsie Valley knocked off top-seeded Lake Mills 49-45. Montezuma and West Fork also advanced to the semifinals.