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DHS says it’s protecting youth in detention and group homes

BY: - April 9, 2020

The Iowa Department of Human Services says it has put in place “robust mitigation strategies” to reduce the risk posed by COVID-19 at a state-run home for juveniles, but has not tested any of the youth there. Last month, Disability Rights Iowa and Drake University’s Center for Children’s Rights wrote to Gov. Kim Reynolds and […]

Iowa unemployment claims set another record

BY: - April 9, 2020

Iowans set another record in unemployment filings with initial claims of 67,334 for the week of March 29 to April 4, the U.S. Department of Labor reported. There were 64,187 initial claims by Iowans and another 3,147 from out-of-state residents who work in Iowa. The reporting period came amid business closures related to the COVID-19 […]

COVID-related lull in hotel business could delay payments for $100 million in Iowa projects

BY: - April 9, 2020

Backers of high-profile Iowa community development projects that drew a combined $100 million in state aid may fall behind on loan payments because of lagging hotel and motel business, economic development officials said. Already, Des Moines business leaders are raising the possibility of extending the deadline for payments linked to one of the largest projects […]

Reynolds says she’s ‘somewhat optimistic’ about COVID-19 spread

BY: - April 8, 2020

A total of 122 Iowans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, and 431 Iowans have now recovered from the virus, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday. The number of patients who have already recovered is equal to 38% of all Iowans who have tested positive so far, Reynolds said, which gives her hope that Iowa’s mitigation efforts […]

Trump ousts another watchdog as critics see ‘disturbing pattern’ 

BY: - April 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has ousted the second federal watchdog in the span of five days as congressional Democrats accused him of purging federal employees for political reasons. Trump on Tuesday removed the Defense Department’s Acting Inspector General, Glenn Fine, who had been on the job since early 2016. Last week, Fine had been named by a […]

Congressional Dems want more federal cash to combat hunger during pandemic

BY: - April 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers want to prioritize food insecurity in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation. More than 100 lawmakers sent a letter Tuesday asking Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House and Senate to boost the maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit by 15% — a request Republicans rejected in the $2 […]

Iowa investigates fertilizer spill

BY: - April 7, 2020

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday was tracking a fertilizer spill into a stream on the east side of Mount Pleasant in the eastern part of the state. A Liqui-Grow truck carrying 2,400 gallons, a common size for a tank, rolled over about noon Monday near the interchange at U.S. Highways 34 and […]

Reynolds: It would be ‘irresponsible’ to order statewide shelter-in-place

BY: - April 7, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday it would be “irresponsible” for her to order a statewide shelter-in-place, even if one region of the state warrants consideration of such action based on the criteria she has established. “Iowa is not like New York, California or New Jersey. There are different areas of the state that are […]

Iowa officials: Water export plan dead without new application

BY: - April 7, 2020

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has thrown out a northeast Iowa company’s application to export water to drought-stricken states. DNR water officials sent a letter Monday to Pattison Sand Co. of Clayton, stating the company filed the wrong type of application, hasn’t answered a long list of questions, and failed to pay a required […]

Hospitalized Iowa mayor says he protected others from his COVID-19 infection

BY: - April 6, 2020

The hospitalized mayor of Walker, Iowa, said Monday that he and his family practiced social distancing before and after he tested positive for COVID-19. “My family and I followed all the recommendations provided to us by the Department of Public Health from the time I was notified of my positive test result,” Mayor James Voss […]

Reynolds’ expanded closures include malls, campgrounds, playgrounds, social clubs

BY: - April 6, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds expanded mandatory closures Monday, shuttering malls, playgrounds, bingo halls and social clubs until at least April 30. The closures are a broadened effort to contain COVID-19. “Today, I am ordering additional businesses and establishments to close through April 30, including malls, social and fraternal clubs, bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, […]

‘Much worse than a cruise ship’: Prisoners’ lives at risk from COVID-19

BY: - April 6, 2020

WASHINGTON — More than 2 million people are incarcerated in the United States. That’s more people than there are living in major U.S. cities like Phoenix and Philadelphia. They’re particularly vulnerable to health risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. They live in close-quarters. Many are elderly or pregnant. Many also have pre-existing medical conditions that put them […]