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Throngs of UI students at bars raise alarm

IOWA CITY (AP) — University of Iowa students and several bars in Iowa City are facing criticism after throngs of young adults were seen crowded together outside and within the venues — most without masks — just hours before in-person classes were to start Monday at the university and many ...

Plan calls for Iowa to close some highway rest areas

By MASON DOCKTER An AP Exchange story SIOUX CITY — All but one of the Interstate 29 public rest areas between Sioux City and Omaha could close, under an Iowa Department of Transportation plan that seeks to increase truck parking along the state’s interstate highways. Statewide, the IDOT ...

School nurses may send kids home at first sign of illness

By TONY LEYS An AP Exchange story DES MOINES — Iowa’s school nurses have a message for parents: Expect your kids to be sent home more quickly this year if they seem even a little ill. “There have been a lot of kids I’ve sent back to class with a headache, and now I might send them ...

Iowa confirms first child death from COVID as schools reopen

IOWA CITY (AP) — A young child died due to complications from coronavirus in June, the first confirmed death of a minor in Iowa during the pandemic, the state health department belatedly announced Sunday evening. The Iowa Department of Public Health said the state medical examiner’s office ...

Trump campaign sues 3rd Iowa county over absentee mailings

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and Republican Party groups are suing a third Iowa county, seeking to invalidate thousands of absentee ballot request forms that have been returned by voters. The lawsuit against Woodbury ...

Trump promises storm recovery aid

DES MOINES (AP) — Kim Reem recounted Tuesday how the unusually powerful storm that tore through Iowa last week destroyed her Cedar Rapids home and laid waste to more than 100 large trees on her property. During a briefing at the airport in Iowa’s second-largest city, Reem, who heads a ...

Iowa state audit finds evidence of malfeasance in Clutier

DES MOINES (AP) — A special investigation into concerns of malfeasance in the east-central city of Clutier turned up more than $100,000 in improper and unsupported spending of public money and undeposited collections, state officials said. State Auditor Rob Sand said in a new report that the ...

Trump angling for votes with immigration talk

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — Grappling for votes — and the spotlight — as Democrats hold their national convention, President Donald Trump targeted voters in key states and constituencies Tuesday and promised a pardon for Susan B. Anthony, a leader in the women’s suffrage movement. Trump headed ...

Illinois woman killed in Mississippi River boat crash in Iowa

LeCLAIRE (AP) — Authorities in eastern Iowa are seeking information on a boat crash in the Mississippi River near LeClaire that killed an Illinois woman. The collision of a large black center-console boat and a blue and white 19-foot ski boat on the river happened Sunday evening, the Iowa ...

Trump signs Iowa disaster declaration, to visit Tuesday

By DAVID PITT Associated Press WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed an emergency declaration that will supply federal money to help Iowa recover from an unusual wind storm that struck a week ago. “I’ve just approved an emergency declaration for Iowa, who had ...

Officials ID 2 killed in Missouri plane crash as Iowa couple

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (AP) — Two people killed when a small plane crashed in central Missouri were a couple from Iowa, authorities said. The plane crashed Sunday afternoon near Grand Glaize Airport, killing Scott and Amy Lowe of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, according to a news release from Osage Beach, ...

‘Horrifying’ data glitch skews key Iowa coronavirus metrics

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — A state agency says it is working to fix a data error on Iowa’s coronavirus website that lowers the number of new confirmed cases and therefore downplays the severity of the current outbreak, just as schools are deciding whether to ...

Iowa high school student whips up recipe booklet project

By BROOKLYN DRAISEY The Gazette An AP Exchange story MARION — Elizabeth Low has grown up watching her mother cook. Seeing her whip up food like bread, stir fry and dumplings for her and her three older brothers inspired her own love of cooking and led her to want to share that love with ...

2 arrested in Des Moines after stolen vehicle pursuit

DES MOINES (AP) — Two people were arrested Saturday in Des Moines after fleeing from police in a stolen car and taking refuge in a house with one of their children inside, authorities say. Des Moines Police Department spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek said the car was reported stolen at 9 a.m. The ...

Waterloo police investigate fatal weekend shooting

WATERLOO (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fatal weekend shooting in Waterloo. Waterloo Police said the shooting was reported around 11:45 p.m. Saturday. When officers and paramedics arrived, they found a 49-year-old man with gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to a local hospital ...

Iowa reports 52,221 virus cases, 975 COVID-19 deaths

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa authorities reported 573 additional Cortinarius cases and two more deaths linked to the virus Sunday. The state said there had been 52,221 virus cases and 975 deaths linked to COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Sunday, according to Iowa’s online virus tracker. The number of ...

Iowa ‘hurting’ after storm

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Iowa homes, cornfields, utility companies and government agencies have losses estimated at nearly $4 billion from Monday’s unusual storm, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Sunday as she announced she’s filing an expedited presidential major disaster ...

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 ...