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Judges slow abortion bans amid virus

By DAVID PITT and PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press DES MOINES — Federal judges on Monday temporarily blocked efforts in Texas and Alabama to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic, handing Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers a victory as clinics across the U.S. filed ...

Safety agency proposes fines for animal food operation

MAQUOKETA (AP) — An agency wants to fine an eastern Iowa animal food operation for workplace safety violations, saying it has exposed employees to risks that include long falls. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to impose fines of more than $74,000 on Devenish ...

Fire guts south-central Iowa church; no injuries reported

PLEASANTVILLE (AP) — Firefighters were still battling hot spots Monday after a fire gutted a church in south-central Iowa, officials said. Fire crews from several departments were dispatched to the Pleasantville Christian Church in Pleasantville before 6 a.m. They battled to keep flames from ...

Officials: Virus outbreak at care facility infects 21

IOWA CITY (AP) — An outbreak of the coronavirus at an eastern Iowa long-term care facility has infected 21 residents and employees, public health officials said Monday. The outbreak at the Cedar Rapids facility has contributed to a recent surge of infections in Linn County, which on Monday ...

Iowa officials confirm 38 new COVID-19 cases

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa health officials said Sunday that they have confirmed 38 more cases of COVID-19 and a fourth death. The Iowa Department of Public Health said the state now has 336 positive cases, up from 298 on Saturday. The latest death was a Linn County resident between the ages of ...

Storms, tornadoes strike Midwest, South

By KEN MILLER Associated Press Strong storms that brought tornadoes, high winds, hail and rain to parts of the Midwest and South caused extensive damage in some areas but no deaths, officials said Sunday. Tornadoes were spotted in Arkansas, Illinois and Iowa as thunderstorms swept through ...

Authorities: Fisherman drowned after falling from boat

GUTTENBERG (AP) — A man fishing on the Mississippi River fell from a boat in northeast Iowa and drowned, authorities said. The Iowa Natural Resources Department said two men in a 14-foot-long boat were in a restricted area near a low-head dam at Guttenberg on Saturday afternoon when their ...

Winnebago stops production, will pay 5,000 workers for 2 weeks

FOREST CITY (AP) — Iowa-based recreational vehicle and boat manufacturer Winnebago Industries said Monday it is ceasing production to protect workers from coronavirus exposure and will adjust production as demand for the company’s products is rapidly changing. The company, which employees ...

Citing virus concerns, officials reduce prison, jail numbers

DES MOINES (AP) — Authorities have been taking steps to cut the number of inmates in Iowa’s prisons and jails, citing concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus. The disease it causes, COVID-19, has yet to be confirmed in any Iowa prison or jail, officials told The Des Moines ...

Journalist Borg, ‘Iowa Press’ host, dies at 81

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Broadcast journalist Dean Borg, who kept Iowans informed for decades as the host of the public affairs television program “Iowa Press,” has died at age 81, Iowa PBS announced Monday. Borg died Sunday afternoon due to complications caused by ...

Reynolds: Shelter orders not needed

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday that more aggressive orders to halt the movement of Iowans are not needed even though the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. Reynolds said the state now has 105 positive cases, an increase of 15 from ...

In Iowa: 22 new coronavirus cases

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa health officials have confirmed 22 new coronavirus cases in the state. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday that the state now has 90 cases of COVID-19. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all of the state’s hair salons, barber shops, medical spas, massage ...

Iowa’s January unemployment rate holds

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s unemployment rate for January was 2.8%, the state reported Monday. Iowa Workforce Development said the rate was unchanged from the revised rate for December. The number of unemployed residents rose slightly in January to an estimated 49,500. The number of people ...

Suspect charged with murder in shooting

MARSHALLTOWN (AP) — Authorities have charged a 30-year-old suspect with first-degree murder in the shooting of a man in Marshalltown. Mustafa Muhammad also is charged with three weapons counts. Online court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for him. The shooting ...

Officials release names of DM fire victims

DES MOINES (AP) — Authorities have released the names of a woman and her 5-year-old child who died in a Des Moines residential fire. They were identified Monday as Tharassa Page, 40, and her son, Red Eagle Thundercloud Page. Firefighters were sent around 10:45 a.m. Sunday to a duplex, where ...

Troubled Iowa center ordered to reinstate aide

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — A worker at a troubled center for disabled Iowans will be reinstated with years of back pay after a board ruled that he did not intentionally kick a resident in 2017, as was alleged by its then-superintendent. The order to overturn Aaron ...

Iowa schools closing, lawmakers suspending work at Capitol

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Dozens of Iowa school districts are following the governor’s guidance and suspending classes for four weeks to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. And after legislative leaders made a similar decision to suspend the legislative session, ...

Fatal shooting reported in Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN (AP) — Police are investigating a fatal shooting in the central Iowa city of Marshalltown. Marshalltown Police said the shooting was reported around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Officers responding to the shooting found a critically injured 27-year-old man with gunshot wounds. The man was ...

Iowa Legislature suspends session for 30 days

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Iowa leaders said Sunday they will halt the current legislative session for at least 30 days after learning the state now has community spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the spreading coronavirus. Colin Tadlock, the spokesman for House ...

New COVID-19 cases prompt Iowa governor to recommend school closures

By SCOTT McFETRIDGE Associated Press DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds recommended Sunday night that Iowa schools close for four weeks after learning of more cases that indicate the coronavirus is spreading through the state. Reynolds had said Saturday that she didn’t support cancelling ...