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COVID-19

Changes certain as Big 12 nears kickoff

With most Big 12 teams getting ready to play season openers this weekend, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby feels good about where the league is and confident that the best job is being done to ensure the safety of players, coaches and anyone else associated with the games. But the games that won’t ...

Des Moines students protest decision to cancel activities

DES MOINES — Hundreds of students from the Des Moines Public Schools and the Ames Community School District marched to the governor’s mansion Monday to protest the decision to suspend sports and start the school year online. The “Student March for Fairness” comes after the Iowa High ...

Bold hopes for virus antibody tests still unfulfilled

WASHINGTON — At the height of the coronavirus lockdown, President Donald Trump and his top health advisers trumpeted a new test that would help Americans reclaim their lives — one that would tell them if they already had the virus and were protected from getting it again. Their arrival ...

Des Moines area bars can’t reopen while lawsuit proceeds

DES MOINES — An Iowa judge has refused to allowed some Des Moines area bars to reopen while their lawsuit challenging Gov. Kim Reynolds’ new round of bar closures makes its way through the courts. The Des Moines Register reports that Polk County Judge William Kelly emphasized the ...

Proclamation encourages masks

One of the most controversial things to come from the COVID-19 pandemic are mask mandates. Gov. Kim Reynolds has held back from issuing a statewide mask requirement, leaving Iowa as one of the few states without one. But, local governments have taken steps to require a mask in Iowa. ...

Bus changes await students

Busing will look a lot different this year for Marshalltown Community School District students. Many changes have been implemented to help protect students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Transportation Director Rex Kozak said the bus atmosphere will look a lot different. “We are ...

White House faces skepticism over prospects for a vaccine

Could the U.S. really see a coronavirus vaccine before Election Day? A letter from federal health officials instructing states to be ready to begin distributing a vaccine by Nov. 1 — two days before the election — has been met, not with exhilaration, but with suspicion among some public ...

After a long slumber, U.S. cinemas awaken on pivotal weekend

STAMFORD, Conn. — With the previews about to start, a trickle of masked moviegoers made their way into one of the first U.S. screenings of “Tenet” at the Bow Tie Majestic 6 in downtown Stamford, Connecticut. They took their seats Tuesday night, eyeing the empty seats between each other ...

More than 7,000 new COVID-19 cases in Iowa

Iowa had a record high week of new COVID-19 cases. According to USAfacts.org there have been 58 new cases of COVID-19 which contrasts with the Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) COVID-19 website which reported 70 new cases of COVID-19. Both organizations reported three more deaths ...

Greenfield tours JBS to view improvements

U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Theresa Greenfield wanted to see what JBS has done to improve conditions for workers. Greenfield is running against incumbent U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) in the November general election. She toured the facility on Thursday and said the employees and ...

Budget deficit to hit record $3.3T due to virus, recession

WASHINGTON — The federal budget deficit is projected to hit a record $3.3 trillion as huge government expenditures to fight the coronavirus and to prop up the economy have added more than $2 trillion to the federal ledger, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. The spike in the ...

Marshalltown mandates masks on city buses

Marshalltown’s buses require more than a fee to ride now. As Iowa sees COVID-19 cases skyrocket, the city of Marshalltown is requiring masks to be worn on all buses. Safety measures to the transit system have been added since March including installing driver barriers in all buses, ...

Tom Vint, retired AP sports writer, dies from COVID-19

OMAHA, Neb. — As much as Tom Vint loved writing about sports, he might have loved playing and coaching sports more. Vint, who covered the dominant Nebraska football teams of the 1980s and ‘90s as an Associated Press sports writer, died Wednesday after a monthlong battle with COVID-19, his ...

‘Skeptical’: Joni Ernst suggests COVID numbers are inflated

WASHINGTON — Echoing a discredited conspiracy theory, vulnerable Republican Sen. Joni Ernst is suggesting government statistics on coronavirus infections and deaths have been inflated. Ernst, who is facing an unexpectedly tough reelection fight, made the comment after a man at a campaign ...

ISU reverses course: no fans for season opener

AMES — Two days after announcing its football season opener would be played in front of an estimated 25,000 fans, Iowa State reversed course on Wednesday. ISU Athletic Director Jamie Pollard now says the Sept. 12 game against Louisiana will be played without fans in the stands. “Our ...

Reynolds: Wait to see if virus cases drop before new moves

JOHNSTON — As Iowa sees some of the highest rates of coronavirus cases in the nation, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday that she will wait to determine whether her move to close bars in six counties slows the virus’ spread before considering additional steps. Reynolds said the soaring ...

Who’s to blame for campus COVID outbreaks?

Public health experts have given us a long list of ways we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately for Iowa’s universities, students, faculty and college towns, finger-pointing has yet to be proven effective at warding off infections. Index fingers are getting a lot of ...

School district officials lay out COVID-19 plans

School begins for Marshalltown Community School District students on Tuesday. With some school districts in Iowa already seeing positive cases of COVID-19, the Marshalltown district issued a statement Tuesday through Communications Director Adam Sodders on what will happen in the event of a ...

Trump calls on Big Ten to play fall football

The Big Ten Conference, already in court and under pressure from players and parents over its decision to cancel fall football, is now hearing from President Donald Trump. Trump tweeted Tuesday that he had spoken with Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren about reinstating the fall ...