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Western Iowa officials respond to gas station explosion

EARLING (AP) — Authorities in western Iowa responded to an explosion at a gas station Monday morning in the tiny town of Earling, an official there said. A woman who answered the phone for the Shelby County Emergency Management office confirmed that an explosion had occurred at the gas ...

Legislative leaders extend session suspension until mid-May

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa legislative leaders said Monday they would not resume this year’s legislative session until after May 15. The Iowa Legislative Council will meet by telephone this week to vote on the continued suspension of the session. The date and time for the meeting wasn’t ...

Iowa to partially reopen most counties despite virus surge

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Iowa will allow restaurants and stores in most counties to reopen and church services to resume, even as the state sees a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths, the governor said Monday. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an order allowing malls, ...

Iowa sheriff investigating woman’s death

GRIMES (AP) — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a woman whose body was found inside a house near Grimes over the weekend. Deputies, firefighters and medics were called to the house shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday for a report of a death, the sheriff’s office ...

Reynolds: Iowa meat plants must stay open despite risks

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday that Iowa’s meatpacking plants must stay open despite coronavirus outbreaks that have sickened hundreds of workers, saying that shutting them down would be devastating for farmers and the nation’s food ...

Iowa virus cases jump more than 15% on Sunday

DES MOINES (AP) — The number of cases of coronavirus in Iowa increased more than 15% on Sunday to 2,902, according to state health officials. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday that 389 additional cases of COVID-19 and one additional death related to the virus had been ...

Suspect in robbery accused in arson case

WATERLOO (AP) — A one-time boxer and suspect in a deadly, botched armored car heist last month is now charged in a fire that destroyed a well-known Waterloo restaurant. Kevin Cruz Soliveras, 29, of Evansdale, was arrested Monday on arson and burglary charges in the March 5 fire that gutted ...

Audit: More than $42K not deposited

DES MOINES (AP) — A newly released report by the Iowa State Auditor says a former Buffalo city employee failed to deposit more than $42,000 in collections over a three-year period into the city’s bank account. The audit was released Tuesday. State Auditor Rob Sand said the special ...

Iowa officer who fatally shot man identified

CLINTON (AP) — The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation on Monday named Clinton officer Ryan Livesay as the officer who fatally shot a man during a car chase last week. Livesay is on paid administrative leave for the April 7 shooting of 38-year-old Clinton resident Jacob Matthew Dau, The ...

COVID-19 cases surge in Iowa

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Iowa reported its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases Tuesday as the number of employees testing positive at a large pork plant grew to 166 and the number of outbreaks at long-term care facilities doubled. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced ...

Davenport nursing home says 2 workers, 1 resident have virus

DAVENPORT (AP) — A Davenport nursing home said Monday that two employees and one resident have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Kahl Home said in a statement that additional employees and residents have reported symptoms but none have so far tested positive. Two employees are ...

Iowa beef plant suspends operations after workers get virus

TAMA (AP) — A beef processing plant in one of Iowa’s coronavirus hot spots has suspended production after several workers have become infected. National Beef announced that its Iowa Premium plant in Tama will be idled until April 20. The company said numerous employees had contracted ...

Court lifts part of order blocking Texas abortion ban

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday partially rescinded a lower-court order that had largely blocked the enforcement of an abortion ban in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic. By a 2-1 vote, the three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld ...

COVID-19 forecast for Iowa could still be weeks away

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — A plan to create an Iowa-specific model to forecast the coronavirus pandemic could still take weeks to complete and any finished product may not ultimately guide the state’s decision-making, a top health official said Monday. Iowa Department ...

Pedestrian and dog killed in hit-and-run crash in Des Moines

DES MOINES (AP) — A pedestrian and a dog were struck by a pickup truck and killed in Des Moines on Sunday morning. Des Moines Police say the crash happened around 8 a.m. Sunday in the 1700 block of Beaver Avenue. Officers found the 38-year-old woman and a dog she was walking deceased at the ...

In Iowa, 8 more die of COVID-19

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa health officials said eight more people have died from COVID-19 in Iowa, and 83 new cases of the disease were reported Sunday. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday that the statewide total of coronavirus cases grew to at least 868, and 22 people in Iowa ...

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 ...