The Gazette Daily News Podcast, April 9

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Well we had about a day and a half of warm weather there-- Time to head back to unrelenting cold, with wind and rain or both. According to the National Weather Service, there should be a high near 47 degrees Thursday in the Cedar Rapids area, with increasing cloudiness throughout the day. There will be a low chance of isolated showers, especially in the afternoon. Besides that, it should be quite windy, with a west wind of 10 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon.

A Wednesday afternoon fight at Bever Park involving about 20 people ended with a young woman being shot and injured. Police say that officers were called to the park in southeast Cedar Rapids about 2:20 p.m. on reports of a fight involving multiple juveniles. When they arrived they found an 18-year-old woman who had been shot. She was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Several juveniles were still in the park when officers arrived, and investigators are collecting video footage of the brawl. Police say that they could be charged with multiple offences, including congregating in a group larger than the 10-person limit due to the state has placed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking of COVID-19, after its first day of adding 100 or more possibly infected people on Tuesday, the state added 97 more cases on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,145. At her Wednesday press conference, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said that 38 percent of those who have tested positive for the disease so far have recovered, while 27 people have died. State officials also said that restaurants, bars and other small businesses hard hit by the initial coronavirus-related closures were among the first applicants to receive state economic assistance grants that Wednesday were bumped up to $24 million. Businesses throughout the state have closed or restricted services to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and the state has looked to support them in their time of financial woe before federal assistance can arrive.

Gov. Reynolds has signed a proclamation declaring Thursday as a “Day of Prayer” in Iowa, urging Iowans to “unite in prayer” in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In issuing the decree Wednesday, Reynolds also invited Iowans to participate in the 59th annual Iowa Prayer Breakfast, which is offered entirely online this year.

Thursday marks the continued Jewish holiday of Passover and the Christian holiday of Maundy Thursday, which precedes the Easter holiday this weekend.

In sports, on Wednesday Iowa Hawkeyes wrestling coach Tom Brands was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association's Division I Coach of the Year, after receiving similar honors from the Big Ten and Intermat. The award makes a continued reflection of a dominant year for the Hawkeye wrestling squad, which was deprived of its postseason due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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