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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 ...

Man with sword dies after being shocked by police

NEVADA (AP) — A man who was reportedly knocking on doors and carrying a sword died early Monday in Nevada, Iowa, after being shocked with a stun gun. Nevada police said officers were called at 2:44 a.m. to check reports of a man walking up and down a street, carrying a sword and knocking on ...

Iowa new positive coronavirus cases tops 26,000

DES MOINES (AP) — The number of new positive coronavirus cases has increased significantly recently as the state surpasses 26,000 positive cases and deaths are approaching 700, according to figures updated Monday. Data from the Iowa Department of Public Safety shows total positive cases ...

Woman faces obstruction, accessory counts in Iowa killing

IOWA CITY (AP) — Another arrest has been made in the April killing of an Iowa City man, police said. Iowa City police arrested Whitney Claybon, 30, on Saturday, accusing her of shuttling a suspect in the case out of town and lying to detectives regarding his whereabouts. Claybon is charged ...

­Vice President Mike Pence to visit Iowa this week

DES MOINES (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has announced he will travel to Iowa this week to meet with Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. The vice president also plans to tour recreational vehicle manufacturer Winnebago Industries and give an address to its employees on Tuesday. It will be ...

DM council advances ban on police racial profiling

DES MOINES (AP) — The Des Moines City Council has unanimously advanced a proposal to ban racial profiling by police in the wake of nationwide protests and civil unrest decrying racial injustice. Of the 45 people who spoke before they council in an online meeting Monday addressing the ban, ...

Iowa Republicans push bill to limit coronavirus liability

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Iowa Republican legislators are fast-tracking a bill that would give meatpacking plants, nursing homes and other businesses broad immunity from coronavirus lawsuits despite criticism that it would also enable them to ignore workplace safety ...

Flash flood watch issued for most of Iowa

DES MOINES (AP) — A flash flood watch has been issued for much of Iowa as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal move north and collide with another storm system in the state. The National Weather Service issued the flash flood watch for Tuesday until midnight. As much as 4 inches of rain ...

2 women drown while tubing in NE Iowa

CLERMONT (AP) — Two women died Monday while tubing on the Turkey River in northeast Iowa. Sharon Kahn, 64, and Vicki K. Hodges, 44, both of West Union, drowned after going over a small dam in Clermont, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that ...

Iowa reports 602 COVID-19 deaths

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa health officials are reporting five more deaths linked to the coronavirus outbreak and 151 new cases of the disease caused by the virus. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday that 602 people have died with COVID-19 in the state and 21,589 cases of the virus ...

Man charged with first-degree murder in Iowa shooting

DES MOINES (AP) — A 21-year-old man has been arrested in a shooting death last week in Des Moines. KCCI-TV reports that Dayquawne Gates was booked Friday night into the Polk County Jail, where he is being held without bond. He’s charged with first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old ...

Des Moines police called to suicide, decide case is homicide

DES MOINES (AP) — Des Moines police said Monday they are investigating the death of a man on the city’s south side as a homicide. Police were called about 5:40 p.m. to a home to investigate a report of a suicide. The officers who arrived found the body of an adult man but the death ...

Woman, 22, killed at protest in Davenport

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — A 22-year-old woman was killed early Monday in an apparently random shooting as she was leaving a protest against police brutality in Davenport, her relatives said. Italia Marie Kelly was one of two people fatally shot overnight as civil unrest ...

Democrats fight for chance to take on GOP Sen. Ernst

By THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press DES MOINES — Four relatively unknown Iowa Democrats are competing in a primary Tuesday to take on Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, an endeavor viewed as a long shot when better-known prospects last year took a pass on running. But Ernst’s slip in approval ...

Iowa reports 533 virus deaths, 19,488 cases in the state

DES MOINES (AP) — State health officials say two more people died with COVID-19, so the state has had 533 deaths as part of the coronavirus outbreak. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday that 19,488 people had tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 245 since Saturday. ...