Gazette Daily News Podcast, June 5

Protestors stop their march at the Dubuque street overpass of Interstate 80 during a protest against racial injustice in
Protestors stop their march at the Dubuque street overpass of Interstate 80 during a protest against racial injustice in Iowa City on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

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More thunderstorms should push through the area Friday morning. According to the National Weather Service forecast for the Cedar Rapids area, the sporadic appearance of storms from Thursday night should continue Friday morning, mostly before 10:00 a.m. After that it should be a mostly cloudy day, heading toward sunny, with a high near 88 degrees.

As George Floyd’s life was memorialized in Minneapolis Thursday afternoon, the protest movement that his death galvanized continued Thursday night, including in several cities in Iowa. Four Minneapolis police officers have been charged in connection with Floyd’s death, after video revealed an officer, Derek Chauvin, had placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes during an arrest. Flod’s death as a black man at the hands of police has sparked weeks of protests and discussion on the legacy of racism in America.

In Iowa City, almost 1,000 people marched to protest police brutality and racial injustice again Thursday. Whereas the previous night had found protesters heading to protest at the Interstate 80 highway dispersed by tear gas and flashbang grenades, Thursday night saw a smaller amount of protesters escorted by police to the highway overpass, temporarily closing it again, but with no tear gas this time. Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague and other city officials had addressed the protesters both before and during the protest Thursday, reaching out to diffuse tensions between them and law enforcement.

Iowa health officials have developed guidelines that will allow family members to resume in-person visits with their relatives who live in long-term care facilities, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday.

There is no set date for when family visits, halted in mid-March as the COVID-19 coronavirus spread, can resume. Outbreaks at care facilities, hosting some of Iowa’s most vulnerable to the disease, have been linked to 290 of Iowa’s nearly 600 deaths from coronavirus. In general, the three phase plan links a decrease in coronavirus positive tests in the areas surrounding the care centers to increased access at the center’s discretion, while also recommending that when visitors are allowed, they wear masks and other protective gear for the foreseeable future.

Iowa’s Board of Regents governing the state’s public universities met Thursday and agreed to freeze tuition, preventing tuition increases this fall while providing “as full a range of on-campus experiences as possible.” The regents, despite the protestations of students arguing the need for financial consistency in a time of economic uncertainty, reserved the right to potentially raise tuition again next Spring. 

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