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Michael Williams Murder Investigation And Iowa Voter Voices

On this "Newsbuzz" edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Adam Decamp of the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation about the murder of Michael Williams, a Black man found dead last week in rural Jasper County. Also, we hear from Iowa voters, including a Howard County woman who voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and then voted for Trump in 2016.

Iowa law enforcement arrested and charged four white people in connection with Williams' death. This hour, we hear from the agent supervising the investigation.

Later on, Dr. Patricia Newland of Unity Point Clinic tells us what we’ve learned about the transmission of COVID-19 six months into the pandemic. We listen back to a harrowing derecho rescue story on I-80, and two voters tell us about the issues that matter most to them in the lead up to the 2020 presidential election.


Adam Decamp, special agent in charge, Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation

Dr. Patricia Newland, interim CEO, Unity Point Clinic

Robert Tunney, resident of Winterset

Sheryl Sovereign, resident of Saratoga, former owner of Togie Pub

Jenn Wolff, disabled occupational therapist, organizer, independent voter

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River