News

Wednesday morning read: Ron Corbett kicked off ballot for governor, Coralville arena on its way, #metoo movement founder speaks in Iowa City

State Auditor Mary Mosiman looks at petition signatures Tuesday as a state panel she serves on hears a challenge to ballot petitions for Ron Corbett. A GOP strategist challenged whether Corbett had enough signatures to be on the June 5 primary ballot against Gov. Kim Reynolds. Now with him out of the race, she will no longer face a primary. (Scott Morgan/freelance for The Gazette)
State Auditor Mary Mosiman looks at petition signatures Tuesday as a state panel she serves on hears a challenge to ballot petitions for Ron Corbett. A GOP strategist challenged whether Corbett had enough signatures to be on the June 5 primary ballot against Gov. Kim Reynolds. Now with him out of the race, she will no longer face a primary. (Scott Morgan/freelance for The Gazette)

Ron Corbett kicked off ballot for governor: Former Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett’s 280-day campaign to become governor ended abruptly Tuesday when a state panel ruled he was eight signatures shy of the petition requirement to be listed on the ballot. The 2-1 decision means Gov. Kim Reynolds will not be forced into a June 5 Republican primary after all, and will not be tested at the ballot box until she faces the Democratic nominee Nov. 6. Read more >

 

Coralville arena on its way: The Coralville City Council on Tuesday night agreed to guarantee up to $50 million in loans needed to make the 5,716-seat Iowa Arena a reality. City officials are hoping to break ground on the project, located in the Iowa River Landing, in mid-April, Mayor John Lundell said. Read more >

 

'Me too' movement founder speaks to hundreds at University of Iowa: Tarana Burke, the woman credited with creating the original “me too” concept in the mid 2000s, spoke to hundreds at the University of Iowa on Tuesday evening. It all started with a twinge of regret she felt following a conversation with a young girl in 1996. The teen had confided past sexual abuse. Burke didn’t say “me too.” But she could have. She wishes she would have. “After I finished talking to her, and she walked away, that’s all I kept thinking about, is I wish I would have said that thing,” Burke told The Gazette before her UI appearance. Read more >

 

Judge denies immunity in fatal Ped Mall shooting: In one of the early tests of Iowa’s new “stand your ground” law, a judge ruled Tuesday that Lamar Wilson didn’t prove his actions were justified in a fatal shooting last year and will not get immunity in sentencing. Sixth Judicial District Judge Paul Miller concluded the law was “void for vagueness” and could not be enforced in this case. He noted it set forth no uniform procedure to follow and every judge possibly would interpret it differently without guidance. Miller’s ruling means Wilson, who was convicted by a jury in February of voluntary manslaughter and of other charges, will be sentenced Friday and faces up to 24 years. Read more >

 

Carver-Hawkeye Arena readies for United World Wrestling World Cup: For two days, the best wrestlers on the top teams in the world will descend on Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the United World Wrestling Men’s Freestyle World Cup. The eight top countries will arrive for the two-day dual competition April 7- 8. Read more > 

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.

CONTINUE READING