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‘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 ...

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 ...