Gazette Daily News Briefing, October 13


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This is John McGlothlen with The Gazette digital news desk and I'm here with your update for Thursday, October 13th.

According to the National Weather Service, it will be mostly sunny in the Cedar Rapids area today, with a high near 55. It will be breezy, with a northwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Then tonight it should be mostly clear, with a low around 33.

An Iowa City man pleaded guilty to stabbing his wife multiple times in 2019 before she was scheduled to speak to a banking official who would have told her about his risky high-interest loans, falsified accounting records and that he emptied one of her savings accounts. 70-year-old Roy Carl Browning Jr., of Iowa City, originally charged with first-degree murder, made an Alford plea to second-degree murder. He still faces a life sentence because a second-degree conviction is 50 years in prison. He will have to serve a mandatory 35 years before being eligible for parole. Under the Alford plea, Browning didn’t admit guilt but admitted that the prosecution had enough evidence for a likely conviction in the murder of his wife, 65-year-old JoEllen Browning.

A pair of former Iowa broadcast journalists running for an Eastern Iowa congressional seat argued policy over abortion, infrastructure, parental rights and more in their first televised debate before the Nov. 8th general election. Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson of Marion and Democratic challenger Liz Mathis of Hiawatha participated Wednesday in an hourlong debate hosted by their former employer, KCRG-TV9. Hinson and Mathis are running for Iowa’s newly drawn 2nd Congressional District, which includes 22 counties in Iowa's northeast corner, and includes the cities of Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Dubuque and Mason City.

Up to $96 million in business capital, including loans, will be made available to Iowa start-ups and small and veteran-owned businesses under a state plan approved this week by the federal treasury department. The funding is being made available through the federal State Small Business Credit Initiative, a program that was created in 2010 and renewed and expanded in the latest federal pandemic relief package, the American Rescue Plan.

🎹 Podcast music: “World” by Emily McGlothlen

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