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Insurers deny claims from businesses forced to close by pandemic

Does COVID-19’s impact on air quality and surface contamination constitute “physical damage” of a business? That’s one of the central questions judges and juries may...

Federal coronavirus aid posed barriers to rural small businesses, lawmakers hear

Rural small businesses have largely missed out on federal coronavirus assistance and many may not survive without another round of aid tailored to small-town...

Reynolds says virus ‘is not going away’ and reopens more Iowa...

Telling Iowans “we’ve got to learn to live with this, it is not going away,” Gov. Kim Reynolds rolled back COVID-19 mitigation efforts and...

How COVID-19 will change Iowa’s restaurant scene forever

Brenda Brehme cooks up gravy-smothered hot beef in her joint gas station and restaurant business, where she relies on hungry drivers to fuel up...

Reynolds reopens more Iowa businesses, says hospitals are prepared

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday that Iowa hospitals are prepared to manage COVID-19 cases as she reopens hair and nail salons, barber shops and...

Grassley appears to back limits on corporate liability tied to COVID-19

WASHINGTON — Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley signaled Tuesday that he backs a push from Senate GOP leadership to shield business owners from lawsuits...

Workers’ compensation should cover essential workers who suffer infection

More than 100 years ago, Upton Sinclair chronicled the misery and abuse of American workers in the meatpacking industry. In "The Jungle," he described the...

Hungry and homeless: Are we steps away from another housing crisis?

A broad-based and evolving effort to feed and house the homeless in Greater Des Moines has drawn significant support as community groups scramble to...

Economists: March brought record economic dive in Iowa, trouble may last...

Iowa saw a record drop in a key economic indicator even as the COVID-19 pandemic was just taking hold in March, the Iowa Department...

At least 1,653 Iowa meatpacking employees test positive for COVID-19

Iowa is known for its agriculture and meat production, but workers in those industries are now facing some of the highest positive rates of...
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