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Iowa sees weekend surge of COVID-19 deaths, confirmed cases

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa saw a surge of COVID-19 deaths and coronavirus cases over a 36-hour period, with 10 additional deaths and 436 new cases confirmed by midday Monday. The state’s online dashboard showed 459 total deaths since the state’s first COVID-19 death two months ago. The state ...

Tyson Foods worker, 44, dies after long battle with COVID-19

IOWA CITY (AP) — An employee at the Tyson Foods plant in Waterloo, died Monday after battling the coronavirus during a six-week hospitalization that was chronicled and widely followed online. Jose Ayala, 44, died at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, said his friend, Zach Medhaug, who ...

Iowa reports 17,213 virus cases, 449 deaths tied to COVID-19

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa health officials are reporting 263 more coronavirus cases and five additional deaths related to the virus outbreak in the state. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday there have now been 17,213 cases of COVID-19 and 449 deaths linked to the virus in the ...

Des Moines Police arrest teen after fatal shooting

DES MOINES (AP) — A 16-year-old boy is facing several charges after another teen was shot in the neck and died. Des Moines Police said 17-year-old Ishmael Muhammad was wounded Saturday afternoon while he was with a group of several other teens at a home in a neighborhood north of downtown. ...

Iowa hiker dies after fall along trail in Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON (AP) — Iowa authorities are investigating the death of a hiker in Palisades-Kepler State Park in Mount Vernon. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Sunday that 32-year-old Brian Jungen, of Coralville, died Friday after a fall. Officials say a group of four hikers found ...

Iowa father, 35, recovering after nearly dying of COVID-19

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — The 35-year-old Iowa father was in critical condition and unconscious last month when doctors warned he was likely within hours of succumbing to the coronavirus. A friend and neighbor shared the grim prognosis with the family. His mom and wife ...

Regulators sat on complaint as outbreak at Iowa plant grew

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Safety regulators declined to inspect an Iowa pork plant despite a complaint alleging workers were exposed to the coronavirus in crowded conditions — a decision that critics said allowed a burgeoning outbreak to grow unabated. The April 11 ...

Iowa farmers nearly complete planting

DES MOINES (AP) — Thanks to favorable weather, Iowa farmers have planted most of the corn crop and are nearing completion of soybean planting, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday. The USDA said in the week ending Sunday, farmers had planted 96% of the expected corn crop, ...

Iowa reports 2 cases of virus related syndrome in children

DES MOINES (AP) — Public health officials on Monday reported two cases in Iowa of a new inflammatory disease in children associated with coronavirus infections. State Epidemiologist Dr. Caitlin Pedati said the state learned of two potential cases Friday in children in eastern Iowa. They are ...

Iowa man arrested after police chase

CASS COUNTY, Neb. (AP) — An Iowa man is facing several charges after fleeing from police in southeast Nebraska. The Cass County Sheriff’s office says the chase reached speeds up to 130 miles per hour on U.S. Highway 75 Friday morning. The 55-year-old Council Bluffs man stopped briefly ...

Iowa health officials report 351 deaths

DES MOINES (AP) — State health officials reported five more deaths and 323 additional cases of coronavirus on Sunday. The Iowa Department of Public Health said 351 people have died from COVID-19 in the state and 14,651 have tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus. For some ...

Police: Des Moines teen shot in head; 3 others arrested and charged

DES MOINES (AP) — Three men have been arrested and charged after an 18-year-old was shot in the head near Drake Park in Des Moines, police said. The shooting was reported Sunday evening after an officer heard gunshots in the area and spotted a vehicle speeding away, according to a news ...

Iowa woman pleads guilty in death of 2-year-old boy in Waterloo

DES MOINES (AP) — A Waterloo woman has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the death of a 2-year-old boy who swallowed medication while riding in her car. Amanda Roena Leonard-Hellum, 39, was scheduled to go to trial Tuesday in the June 2019 death of Maximus Leonard-Hellum, who she planned ...

Man who sought trial by combat with swords now wants ex-wife evaluated

HARLAN (AP) — A Kansas man who sought legal permission in Iowa to engage in a sword fight with his ex-wife is not insane but merely angry over their child custody arrangement, according to a psychological evaluation. David Ostrom, of Paola, Kansas, asked in a Jan. 3 court filing to be ...

Iowa governor in ‘modified quarantine’ after Pence meetings

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Iowa’s governor and its medical director were in partial quarantine Monday after potential exposure to the coronavirus, even as the state made plans to lift more restrictions that were intended to slow the spread of the disease. Gov. Kim ...

Motorcyclist dies after crash with unlicensed teen’s SUV

DES MOINES (AP) — Police say a motorcyclist died after crashing with an SUV driven by an unlicensed teen in downtown Des Moines. The Des Moines Police Department said the crash happened around 5:15 p.m. Saturday when a turning Jeep Cherokee failed to yield to an oncoming Harley Davidson ...

Iowa reports 11,959 virus cases

DES MOINES (AP) — State health officials said 13 more people with COVID-19 have died in Iowa to give the state a total of 265 deaths linked to the coronavirus outbreak. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday the number of infections in the state grew by 287 to a total of 11,959 ...

Police pull body from the DM River Saturday

DES MOINES (AP) — Police are investigating after pulling a body from the Des Moines River this weekend. Des Moines Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek said officers were sent to Prospect Park Saturday afternoon after someone spotted a body in the Des Moines River. Rescue personnel from the ...

2 die when motorcycle veers off road, crashes into fence

CLINTON COUNTY (AP) — Two people died when the motorcycle they were riding veered off the road and crashed into a fence. Clinton County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Scott Reyhons said the crash happened around 4:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Deputies who responded to the crash found that a ...

Iowa health officials report 528 new virus cases, 9 deaths

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa health officials reported 528 additional coronavirus cases and nine new deaths linked to COVID-19 to give the state 9,169 cases. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday a total of 184 deaths have been reported in the state. The actual number of infections is ...