Reynolds shifts tone, requires masks indoors as hospitalizations skyrocket

BY: - November 16, 2020

During a primetime address to Iowans, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday she is increasing COVID-19 mitigation measures as Iowa hospitals endure a surge of infected patients. The new measures, which include indoor mask requirements, limits on social gatherings, and reductions in elective surgery, are to begin at midnight and end Dec. 10. Reynolds said the […]

Iowa’s COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to break records as facilities reach capacity

BY: - November 16, 2020

The number of Iowans hospitalized due to COVID-19 complications continues to skyrocket as hospital staff at major facilities say their workers and their capacity are being stretched thin. On Saturday, the Polk County Health Department announced that area hospitals were stressed over the record number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations. “We cannot stress enough how alarming and […]

Iowa religious leaders call for all votes to be counted

BY: - November 4, 2020

More than a dozen of Iowa’s religious and community leaders came together the day after the election to urge politicians and election officials to count every vote, in light of the razor-thin margins in the presidential race. President Donald Trump prematurely declared victory early Wednesday morning as key battleground states try to finish tallying millions […]

Trump wins Iowa, with the national outcome still uncertain

BY: - November 4, 2020

President Donald Trump appeared to have easily claimed Iowa’s six electoral votes on Tuesday in the 2020 race for the White House. The Associated Press called the race in Iowa for Trump. As 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, with 87% of the vote counted, Trump was leading his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden — 52.7% […]

Iowa surpasses 1 million absentee ballot requests

BY: - November 2, 2020

The number of Iowans requesting absentee ballots continues to surge just before the November election, according to data from the Iowa Secretary of State. The last day Iowans could request an absentee ballot was Oct. 30. As of Monday, 1,036,409 Iowans have requested ballots be sent to them. Out of those, 955,971 have been returned. […]

Trump to Iowa voters: Coronavirus vaccine is ‘a few short weeks’ away

BY: - November 1, 2020

President Donald Trump unleashed another free-wheeling — and, at times, factually challenged — stream of pronouncements in Iowa Sunday afternoon as the race for the presidency entered the home stretch. Speaking at a rally in Dubuque, Trump told his supporters a vaccine for the coronavirus is just “a few short weeks” away, and warned that […]

Biden criticizes ‘the stable genius’ Donald Trump at a Des Moines campaign rally

BY: - October 30, 2020

With less than 86 hours remaining before Election Day, former Vice President Joe Biden made his first post-caucus visit to Iowa Friday, staging a drive-in rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Biden’s appearance was another sign that Iowa, once considered a lock by the Trump campaign, is now in play. An Oct. 21 New York […]

More than 800,000 Iowans request absentee ballots as deadline approaches

BY: - October 20, 2020

More than 800,000 Iowans have requested absentee ballots to vote early this general election, according to the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office. Out of the 807,513 Iowans who requested ballots as of Tuesday, 405,354 of them are Democrats. Republicans requested 249,539 ballots and independents requested 149,473. The Secretary of State’s Office reported on Monday that […]

Senate debate: Amid technical glitches, candidates differ on racial issues

BY: - October 15, 2020

The last Senate debate between U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst and Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield was marred by technical difficulties, chopped-up answers and candidates unable to hear questions. Less than a month before the general election, Ernst and Greenfield debated from remote locations as they tried to sway voters in one of the country’s most competitive […]

J.D. Scholten: Lack of national COVID-19 plan prolonging virus spread

BY: - October 3, 2020

Democratic congressional candidate J.D. Scholten stopped short of supporting a federal mask mandate, but said he believes there should be a COVID-19 “national plan.”  Scholten said Friday his prayers go out to President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump after it was announced they both tested positive for COVID-19. He said the president’s positive […]

Report: During COVID-19, Iowa children may be more prone to abuse and neglect

BY: - September 24, 2020

Iowa children, and particularly children from non-white families, are more at risk of experiencing abuse, neglect or a household challenge in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new statewide report that looks at adverse childhood experiences. The majority of Iowa adults have reported going through an adverse experience, ranging from divorce to being […]

Iowa’s COVID-19 numbers trend upward as Des Moines school district weighs options

BY: - September 21, 2020

An additional 1,571 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Friday and Saturday in Iowa, along with one death, according to the New York Times’ COVID-19 tracker. The last seven days marks a slight uptick in infection rates in comparison to two weeks ago, according to the New York Times. There has been an average of […]