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Reynolds considers giving local officials authority to require masks

By DAVID PITT Associated Press URBANDALE — Local officials don’t have the authority to require that residents use masks to halt spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday, a day after the mayor of Muscatine issued such an order. Asked at a news conference about Muscatine ...

Sheriff’s Office: Pipe bomb set to explode at hunting area in Boone County

BOONE (AP) — Authorities have dismantled a homemade pipe bomb that was set to explode at an Iowa hunting area. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post that two deputies responded Monday after receiving a report about the device that was found on the lid of a container ...

Police identify fourth victim killed in Iowa crash

DES MOINES (AP) — Police have released the name of the fourth victim of a fiery single-vehicle crash southwest of downtown Des Moines. Des Moines police said Tuesday that the Polk County Medical Examiners Office has identified the victim as 23-year-old Zachary McBride, of Weaver. Police ...

Iowa governor to use $50M in federal money for mental health

By DAVID PITT Associated Press URBANDALE — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday she would spend $50 million in federal funding on adult and childhood mental health and substance abuse programs. The money is part of the state’s allocation from the $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package, ...

Two senior GOP senators to skip convention in Florida

By LAURIE KELLMAN and DAVID PITT Associated Press WASHINGTON — Two of the Senate’s most senior Republicans are skipping the GOP national convention in Jacksonville, Florida, where President Donald Trump will be nominated for a second term. Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa, 86, and Lamar ...

Judge rejects Dakota Access request for emergency order

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a request for an emergency order to delay the process of shutting down the Dakota Access pipeline while attorneys appeal a ruling to shutter the pipeline during the course of an environmental review. Pipeline attorneys filed the motion ...

Iowa Veterans Home disciplines employees for mask violations

MARSHALLTOWN (AP) — Employees at the Iowa Veterans Home have been disciplined more than 20 times for personal protective equipment lapses that potentially exposed residents and staff to coronavirus. Commandant Timon Oujiri said Monday the strict approach to requiring masks and other ...

Black Lives Matter protesters face rare leak charge in Iowa

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Prosecutors in Iowa have filed a rarely used leak charge against Black Lives Matter protesters accused of stealing a confidential police document and displaying it during a television news broadcast. Two protesters are charged with unauthorized ...

Wandering bear, seen in Iowa, tranquilized, moved outside of St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Wildlife officials have relocated a black bear that had wandered into a St. Louis suburb and drew a crowd of hundreds curious to see the out-of-place animal. The has been popular on social media pages for weeks as it plodded hundreds of miles from Wisconsin, through ...

Couple gets 2 years for stealing from disabled mom

DUBUQUE (AP) — A Dubuque man and his wife have been sentenced to federal prison for stealing more than $200,000 from his disabled mother. The U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release Monday that 66-year-old H. David Derby was sentenced to 26 months and 52-year-old Patti Lynn Derby to ...

Judge orders Dakota Access pipeline shut down pending review

By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press FARGO, N.D. — A judge on Monday ordered the Dakota Access pipeline shut down for additional environmental review more than three years after it began pumping oil — handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and delivering a blow to President Donald ...

Iowa reports 31,243 virus cases

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa reported another 321 coronavirus cases Sunday to give the state 31,243 cases of COVID-19. The Iowa Department of Public Health said that as of 10 a.m. Sunday 721 people with COVID-19 had died since the outbreak began. Of all the people who have tested positive in ...

4 men die, 1 woman injured in DM crash

DES MOINES (AP) — Four men died and a woman was injured in a fiery single-vehicle crash southwest of downtown Des Moines early Sunday. Des Moines Police said the crash happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday on George Flagg Parkway near Water Works Park. The 2013 Volkswagen Golf caught fire after ...

Des Moines police say weekend shooting victim was Keokuk man

DES MOINES (AP) — Des Moines police on Monday identified the victim of a weekend fatal shooting as a Keokuk man. Police were called Saturday night to an industrial area east of downtown and found a dead man on a road. He was identified Monday as Michael Thurman, 41. On Sunday, police charged ...

Man drowns after going for swim while fishing in Linn County

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A man drowned Sunday after going for a swim while fishing at a Linn County quarry, authorities said. Linn County sheriff’s deputies were called about 9:30 a.m. to the Martin Marietta quarry, southeast of Cedar Rapids. Friends and relatives of a man told deputies he was ...

Reynolds signs abortion law amid court challenge

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday signed into law a bill that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion, trying again to institute a restriction similar to one struck down two years ago by the Iowa Supreme Court. Reynolds signed ...

Man gets probation in crash that killed 4 motorcyclists

OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) — A Kansas man has been sentenced to four years of probation in a Nebraska crash that killed four Iowa motorcyclists. The Kearney Hub reports that Jeser Cisneros-Hernandez, 24, of Liberal, Kansas, also was ordered Friday to serve 400 hours of community service. He pleaded ...

Virus cases continue to rise in Iowa’s college towns

By DAVID PITT Associated Press Confirmed cases of the coronavirus continued to climb in counties that are home to Iowa’s largest public universities, according to statistics released Monday. State public health data showed Johnson County, home to the University of Iowa, had 1,096 known ...

Large motorcycle rally in Algona worries officials

ALGONA (AP) — A group still plans to hold a three-day motorcycle rally in northern Iowa that’s expected to attract thousands of bikers despite the concerns of local officials that the event could spread the coronavirus. Local officials usually welcome the annual Freedom Rally held on a ...

Report: Sick aide worked at Iowa nursing home before deadly outbreak

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — A nursing assistant who worked while sick likely brought the coronavirus into an Iowa nursing home where 15 residents later died, according to a new state inspection report. The employee was allowed to keep working because the Crystal Heights ...