Gazette Daily News Briefing, October 5


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This is Stephen Schmidt from the Gazette digital news desk and I’m here with your update for Wednesday, Oct. 5.

The warmth is predicted to linger another day with a chance for rain Wednesday, with the temperatures dropping steeply by Friday. According to the National Weather Service, it will be partly sunny in the Cedar Rapids area with a high near 75 degrees. On Wednesday evening it will be partly cloudy, with a low of around 54 degrees. There will be a 40 percent of showers Wednesday evening, mostly between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

A Linn County jury has found a Cedar Rapids woman who fatally stabbed her boyfriend guilty of a lesser charge after she had originally been charged with murder.

Jacqueline Holmes, 38, faces up to five years in jail. After about a day and half of deliberations following more than five days of testimony, she was found guilty last Friday of the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter — unintentionally causing the death of her boyfriend, Tremaine Williams, 35, on March 4, 2020.

A retired Illinois law and psychology professor, who consults and testifies in cases involving domestic violence, said during the trial that Holmes was a battered woman and suffers from its effects. She said Holmes told her about three men who physically abused her, including Williams.

The prosecution had argued that Holmes delayed getting help for Williams after she stabbed him in the shoulder at a southwest Cedar Rapids house. There also was testimony from an investigator that Holmes repeatedly changed her version of what happened that night during recorded police interviews.

A company seeking to build a carbon dioxide pipeline through five Iowa counties, including Linn, says it will hold a second round of public meetings after confirming some landowners did not get proper notice of its August meetings.

Wolf Carbon Solutions, based in Alberta, Canada, held meetings Aug. 29-31 in Johnson, Cedar, Linn, Clinton and Scott counties to talk about a proposed 280-mile underground pipeline that could transport carbon dioxide from ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground site in central Illinois.

But many of the people who attended those meetings said they had not been notified by certified mail and questioned whether the process was legal. The Iowa Utilities Board Sept. 23 ordered Wolf to explain within 10 days how public notice was provided and verify certified letters were sent.

The company setting new meetings could delay their project, but doing so may be preferable to providing certified addresses from affected landowners. Companies proposing other CO2 pipelines in Iowa have resisted publishing the names of all affected landowners. Opponents want those names to help unite opposition.

On Friday Former President George W. Bush will receive a humanitarian award and headline a fundraiser for the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Cedar Rapids.

But don’t expect a lot of news coverage of his visit.

As part of an agreement with Bush’s staff, media coverage of the event is not allowed, said Brad Reiners, communications director for the Hoover Presidential Foundation.

The museum will present Bush and former first lady Laura Bush its first Hoover Humanitarian Award for their work in Africa.

The former president and former first lady have worked to combat HIV/AIDS across Africa through the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief. The effort has saved at least 18 million lives through critical care and treatment since 2003 when then-President Bush authorized it, according to the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Ticket sales for the fundraising banquet are closed. Proceeds will go toward a $20 million capital campaign to renovate the museum, which opened in 1962.

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