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Survey: Majority of Iowa providers don’t like privatized Medicaid

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES (AP) — A majority of health care providers are dissatisfied with Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program, saying access to care hasn’t improved for the more than 650,000 people who rely on the system and that reimbursements are slow and difficult to ...

Governor’s office lifts cap on virus testing in Dubuque

DUBUQUE (AP) — A limit on the number of COVID-19 tests performed at a busy Dubuque clinic will be lifted, starting Monday. Earlier this week, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office imposed a limit of 100 tests per day on the Epic Health and Wellness clinic in Dubuque, saying the clinic could not ...

Iowa man dies after becoming trapped in grain bin

LE MARS (AP) — A man died Tuesday morning after becoming trapped in a grain bin in northwest Iowa. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office said deputies and other first-responders were called to a grain bin about five miles east of Le Mars. They were told a 65-year-old man had been loosening ...

Defying governor, Iowa City mayor mandates masks in public

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Iowa City’s mayor on Tuesday ordered people to wear masks in public to stop the spread of the coronavirus, defying Gov. Kim Reynolds’ claim that cities cannot mandate face coverings. Iowa has been one of the only states that does not have ...

Indianola to remove Indian head from logo

INDIANOLA (AP) — Leaders in the south-central Iowa city of Indianola have approved a measure to remove Native American imagery from its city logo, including from police cars, badges and patches. The Indianola City Council voted unanimously Monday to remove the depiction of a Native American ...

Reynolds orders reduced testing at Dubuque site

DUBUQUE (AP) — oronavirus testing will be reduced to only 100 tests per day at a Test Iowa site in Dubuque, despite a sharp increase in cases in Dubuque County. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office ordered the site to reduce its testing, Dubuque officials announced Monday. The site will be ...

Waterloo teen dies after apparent shooting in alley

WATERLOO (AP) — A teenager in Waterloo has died after showing up at a hospital with a gunshot wound, police said Tuesday. Police were called to a neighborhood Monday night where residents reported hearing gunshots and seeing someone on the ground in an alley, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ...

Iowa health officials report backlog of tests

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa health officials said Sunday that a “significant number” of coronavirus tests were not reported over the weekend due to a backlog in the department’s electronic reporting system. The Iowa Department of Public Health said its COVID-19 website will continue to ...

Election costs soar in prep for virus voting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The demand for mail-in ballots is surging. Election workers need training. And polling booths might have to be outfitted with protective shields during the COVID-19 pandemic. As officials prepare for the Nov. 3 election, one certainty is clear: It’s coming with a big ...

CEO of Make-A-Wish Iowa dismissed

DES MOINES (AP) — The CEO and president of Make-A-Wish Iowa has been fired after the organization discovered financial irregularities during an internal audit, according to the charity’s board chairman. Jennifer Woodley has been dismissed, board chairman Joshua Norton said a statement ...

Man charged with murder in DM shooting

DES MOINES (AP) — Detectives charged a man with murder Monday in the June 28 shooting death of another man outside a Des Moines area bar. Polk County sheriff’s deputies charged Gordon Jerome Johnson, 35, with first-degree murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. Johnson, of Des ...

Health officials: 6 more COVID-19 deaths reported in Iowa

DES MOINES (AP) — Six more people have died in Iowa from COVID-19, state health officials reported Saturday. As of Saturday afternoon, the toll for coronavirus-related deaths reached 748 in Iowa, health officials reported on their website. The state also reported 34,647 confirmed COVID-19 ...

Iowa arrest reviewed after handcuffed Black man has seizure

DUBUQUE (AP) — Authorities are investigating an eastern Iowa arrest after video posted on social media showed a handcuffed Black man having a seizure and apparently struggling to breathe after officers used pepper spray on him. Dubuque officials said an internal investigation will review the ...

Reynolds considers giving local officials authority to require masks

By DAVID PITT Associated Press URBANDALE — Local officials don’t have the authority to require that residents use masks to halt spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday, a day after the mayor of Muscatine issued such an order. Asked at a news conference about Muscatine ...

Sheriff’s Office: Pipe bomb set to explode at hunting area in Boone County

BOONE (AP) — Authorities have dismantled a homemade pipe bomb that was set to explode at an Iowa hunting area. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post that two deputies responded Monday after receiving a report about the device that was found on the lid of a container ...

Police identify fourth victim killed in Iowa crash

DES MOINES (AP) — Police have released the name of the fourth victim of a fiery single-vehicle crash southwest of downtown Des Moines. Des Moines police said Tuesday that the Polk County Medical Examiners Office has identified the victim as 23-year-old Zachary McBride, of Weaver. Police ...

Iowa governor to use $50M in federal money for mental health

By DAVID PITT Associated Press URBANDALE — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday she would spend $50 million in federal funding on adult and childhood mental health and substance abuse programs. The money is part of the state’s allocation from the $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package, ...

Two senior GOP senators to skip convention in Florida

By LAURIE KELLMAN and DAVID PITT Associated Press WASHINGTON — Two of the Senate’s most senior Republicans are skipping the GOP national convention in Jacksonville, Florida, where President Donald Trump will be nominated for a second term. Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa, 86, and Lamar ...

Judge rejects Dakota Access request for emergency order

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a request for an emergency order to delay the process of shutting down the Dakota Access pipeline while attorneys appeal a ruling to shutter the pipeline during the course of an environmental review. Pipeline attorneys filed the motion ...

Iowa Veterans Home disciplines employees for mask violations

MARSHALLTOWN (AP) — Employees at the Iowa Veterans Home have been disciplined more than 20 times for personal protective equipment lapses that potentially exposed residents and staff to coronavirus. Commandant Timon Oujiri said Monday the strict approach to requiring masks and other ...