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Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the pandemic is traumatizing kids

BY: - September 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has brought heartbreaking consequences for millions of U.S. children, even as most avoided serious illness themselves, pediatric experts told Congress on Wednesday. Take, for instance, a young girl from Tennessee named Sophia, whose story was relayed by Dr. Margaret Rush, president of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Within […]

Advocates press for action in Congress on voting rights, despite grim outlook

BY: - September 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Activists are ramping up the pressure on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to move on his chamber’s version of a voting rights bill, even though there’s no sign there will be enough Republican support to advance it. Alternatively, they’re pressing for an end to the filibuster, though there’s no indication there would be […]

Iowa’s COVID infections and hospitalizations reach their highest level since 2020

BY: - September 22, 2021

COVID-19 continues to spread in Iowa, with the average number of new infections and hospitalizations reaching their highest level of any time in 2021. Only 13 other states have a higher per capita infection rate, according to the Washington Post. The newspaper’s COVID-19 tracker indicates Iowa is averaging 55 new cases each day for every […]

Secrecy surrounding physician’s alleged incompetence now at issue in court case

BY: - September 22, 2021

The secrecy surrounding a state licensing board’s investigation of a Waterloo surgeon twice accused of incompetence is now the subject of litigation headed for the Iowa Supreme Court. At issue is the fact that patients who sue for malpractice have no way of knowing whether their doctor is the subject of an active, ongoing investigation […]

Majority of Iowans disapprove of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan

BY: - September 21, 2021

Three weeks after the last U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan, over two-thirds of Iowans said they disapproved of the way President Joe Biden handled the situation, according to a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll. Iowa’s lawmakers in D.C., many of whom have been critical of Biden’s approach from the onset, are turning their attention toward […]

Nurse regains Iowa license after suspension, four OWIs and criminal convictions

BY: - September 21, 2021

The Iowa Board of Nursing has agreed to reinstate the license of a nurse who has faced multiple allegations related to theft, drunken driving and endangering patients. The board agreed at its August meeting to reactivate the license of Casey Wente of Waterloo subject to two years of probation. Wente’s license was suspended in 2017 […]

How to attend Iowa’s final public meeting on redistricting

BY: - September 21, 2021

Iowans have just one more opportunity to comment on the state’s first proposed redistricting plan. The Temporary Redistricting Advisory Commission is a five-member bipartisan panel charged with talking to Iowans about redistricting. State law requires the commission to hold at least three public meetings before lawmakers convene to consider a new set of district maps. […]

U.S. House Dems propose $28.6B in disaster aid for recovery from hurricanes, wildfires, floods

BY: - September 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats unveiled a short-term spending measure on Tuesday that would keep the federal government operating through Dec. 3 and provide $28.6 billion for costs related to recent natural disasters. The bill was passed by the House on a party-line vote Tuesday night, 220-211. But it faces a battle in the evenly divided Senate, […]

Reynolds’ lawyer apologizes for withholding email but remains silent on record request

BY: - September 20, 2021

After apologizing for the failure to publicly disclose an email pertaining to the fired head of the Iowa Veterans Home, the legal counsel for Gov. Kim Reynolds has not responded to a follow-up request for documents. Reynolds fired IVH Commandant Timon Oujiri without explanation in early May after state officials concluded he had collected $105,413 […]

Iowa’s daily COVID-19 average surpasses January peak

BY: - September 20, 2021

Iowa’s COVID-19 cases continued to rise Monday, with daily average cases surpassing the most recent peak in January 2021, before vaccines were widely available.  Iowa’s daily average of COVID-19 cases was 1,867 on Sunday, according to New York Times data. That number represents the average number of new cases every day over the last week. […]

No state fines for nursing home with black mold, sleeping workers and no nurse on duty

BY: - September 20, 2021

No state fines are being imposed against an Iowa nursing home where employees slept on duty, where a resident had to call 911 for medical assistance, and where widespread mold was uncovered last month. After fielding seven complaints about conditions at the QHC-Mitchellville nursing home in Polk County, state inspectors visited the home in July […]

U.S. Supreme Court schedules Dec. 1 oral arguments in major abortion case

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Dec. 1 in a case that threatens to overturn decades of abortion protections established under the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. The upcoming case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, stems from a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. It has […]