Who’s really responsible for Reynolds’ demand for in-person school in a pandemic?

There's something about the battle over local control during a pandemic that inspires references to old sci-fi movies. Last time, it was "Star Wars." This week, it's the dystopian...

Twitter posts show that people are profoundly sad – and are visiting parks to cheer up

The COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is the deepest and longest period of malaise in a dozen years. Our colleagues at the University of Vermont have concluded this...

Trump moves to extend unemployment benefits, suspend payroll taxes after talks break down

President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action into his own hands, after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill. He signed three...

Yes, most workers can collect more in coronavirus unemployment than they earn – but that doesn’t mean Congress should cut the $600 supplement

Americans who lost their jobs because of the pandemic had been getting a $600 bump on top of state benefits in their weekly unemployment checks since March. That ended...

Barber: America’s ‘moment’ calls for voter rights, action on racism

A national champion of civil rights on Friday said the timing is right to restore the Voting Rights Act, address systemic racism, and install policies to ease poverty.  “Something is...

Paul Pate’s personal absentee ballot requests marked by errors

Under a controversial and contested new state law, county election officials are barred from using internal data to correct mistakes on absentee-ballot request forms. Backers say the new law will...

Parts of nearly two dozen Iowa school districts exceed 15% positivity rate for COVID-19

Nearly two dozen of Iowa’s 327 school districts include at least one county where more than 15% of coronavirus tests were positive over the past two weeks. Joining those 23...
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Axne prods Congress to help teachers as worries spread over going back to school

Teachers were feeling stressed out even before the pandemic began, and their anxieties have exploded as lawmakers and school leaders debate whether to launch in-person classes this fall. U.S. Rep....

Nursing home outbreaks and infections continue to rise in Iowa

Another 605 Iowans were reported to be infected with coronavirus on Wednesday, and 12 Iowans were reported as having died of the virus. The number of nursing home outbreaks rose...

Ernst says she supports felon voting rights despite Steve King’s prediction it will cost her votes

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said Thursday she supports Gov. Kim Reynolds' decision to restore felon voting rights in the state, despite Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, tweeting it will hurt...

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