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2 men charged after trying to crash into police building

MUSCATINE (AP) — Two Iowa men are facing several charges after authorities say they tried to crash a vehicle into the Muscatine police headquarters. Muscatine Police said the two Muscatine men were arrested early Sunday after their vehicle became stuck on a brick planter outside the ...

Local control dispute brewing over Iowa mask mandates

DES MOINES (AP) — The refusal of Gov. Kim Reynolds to require Iowans to wear masks in public has prompted at least three cities and a county to adopt their own local ordinances, setting up what could be a legal battle over whether local officials have the authority to impose mask rules in ...

Man fatally shot at 8-year-old son’s funeral in Davenport

DAVENPORT (AP) — A suspect has been arrested and charged after a man was fatally shot in the parking lot of an eastern Iowa funeral home where he was attending the funeral of his 8-year-old son, who died of cancer, police said. Jeramie Shorter, 26, of Davenport, was shot Saturday morning ...

Business leaders say economy still improving after reopening

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy continues to recover in nine Midwest and Plains states, but businesses are still cutting jobs amid the ongoing impact of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Monday. The overall index for the region improved to ...

Sioux City council to consider body cams

SIOUX CITY (AP) — Sioux City police officers could be wearing body cameras by the end of the year. Police Chief Rex Mueller said the City Council will consider on Monday whether to approve spending $260,000 to purchase 120 body cameras for officers. It appears likely the purchase will be ...

2 utility workers die after striking buried electrical line

PELLA (AP) — Two workers installing internet cables in Pella died after striking an underground, high-voltage electrical cable. Pella Police Lt. Paul Haase said the workers died Saturday morning after striking the electrical line. Haase said residents nearby reported hearing a loud boom at ...

Iowa reports 45,481 cases of coronavirus

DES MOINES (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases reported in Iowa has topped 45,000. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday that 45,481 cases of the virus have been reported in the state. That was an increase of 544 cases since Saturday at 10 a.m. Iowa officials also reported two ...

110-ton ‘Man on a Bench’ moves to new home

IOWA CITY (AP) — The owner of a 20-foot-tall, 110-ton limestone statue succeeded in a slow process last week of moving the sculpture across a street in Iowa City. The giant statue, called “Man on a Bench,” had gazed out over a nature preserve in the northeast corner of Iowa City for five ...

Medical groups call for Iowa governor to require masks

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa physician groups are urging Gov. Kim Reynolds to order the public to wear masks as cases continue to rise. The Des Moines Register reports that the Iowa Medical Society and 14 other health-professional groups said Monday in a letter to the governor that “widespread ...

Survey: Majority of Iowa providers don’t like privatized Medicaid

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES (AP) — A majority of health care providers are dissatisfied with Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program, saying access to care hasn’t improved for the more than 650,000 people who rely on the system and that reimbursements are slow and difficult to ...

Governor’s office lifts cap on virus testing in Dubuque

DUBUQUE (AP) — A limit on the number of COVID-19 tests performed at a busy Dubuque clinic will be lifted, starting Monday. Earlier this week, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office imposed a limit of 100 tests per day on the Epic Health and Wellness clinic in Dubuque, saying the clinic could not ...

Iowa man dies after becoming trapped in grain bin

LE MARS (AP) — A man died Tuesday morning after becoming trapped in a grain bin in northwest Iowa. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office said deputies and other first-responders were called to a grain bin about five miles east of Le Mars. They were told a 65-year-old man had been loosening ...

Defying governor, Iowa City mayor mandates masks in public

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Iowa City’s mayor on Tuesday ordered people to wear masks in public to stop the spread of the coronavirus, defying Gov. Kim Reynolds’ claim that cities cannot mandate face coverings. Iowa has been one of the only states that does not have ...

Indianola to remove Indian head from logo

INDIANOLA (AP) — Leaders in the south-central Iowa city of Indianola have approved a measure to remove Native American imagery from its city logo, including from police cars, badges and patches. The Indianola City Council voted unanimously Monday to remove the depiction of a Native American ...

Reynolds orders reduced testing at Dubuque site

DUBUQUE (AP) — oronavirus testing will be reduced to only 100 tests per day at a Test Iowa site in Dubuque, despite a sharp increase in cases in Dubuque County. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office ordered the site to reduce its testing, Dubuque officials announced Monday. The site will be ...

Waterloo teen dies after apparent shooting in alley

WATERLOO (AP) — A teenager in Waterloo has died after showing up at a hospital with a gunshot wound, police said Tuesday. Police were called to a neighborhood Monday night where residents reported hearing gunshots and seeing someone on the ground in an alley, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ...

Iowa health officials report backlog of tests

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa health officials said Sunday that a “significant number” of coronavirus tests were not reported over the weekend due to a backlog in the department’s electronic reporting system. The Iowa Department of Public Health said its COVID-19 website will continue to ...

Election costs soar in prep for virus voting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The demand for mail-in ballots is surging. Election workers need training. And polling booths might have to be outfitted with protective shields during the COVID-19 pandemic. As officials prepare for the Nov. 3 election, one certainty is clear: It’s coming with a big ...

CEO of Make-A-Wish Iowa dismissed

DES MOINES (AP) — The CEO and president of Make-A-Wish Iowa has been fired after the organization discovered financial irregularities during an internal audit, according to the charity’s board chairman. Jennifer Woodley has been dismissed, board chairman Joshua Norton said a statement ...

Man charged with murder in DM shooting

DES MOINES (AP) — Detectives charged a man with murder Monday in the June 28 shooting death of another man outside a Des Moines area bar. Polk County sheriff’s deputies charged Gordon Jerome Johnson, 35, with first-degree murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. Johnson, of Des ...