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UnityPoint using ‘high volume’ of inpatient beds

UnityPoint Health is among the hospitals across the state feeling the surge of COVID-19 cases. Hospital Administrator Shari King said they are seeing more COVID activity than this time last year, but clarifies they were not experiencing a spike in cases in September 2020. “UnityPoint Health ...

Second inmate gets life term for killing prison workers

ANAMOSA — A second inmate received a life sentence Wednesday for the beating deaths of two Iowa prison workers during a failed escape attempt in March. Michael Dutcher, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Anamosa State Penitentiary correctional officer ...

Iowa may receive 695 Afghan evacuees for resettlement

Iowa is expected to receive 695 Afghan evacuees from the first group of arrivals to be resettled in the United States. The Biden administration on Wednesday began notifying governors and state refugee coordinators across the country about how many of the nearly 37,000 arrivals from that first ...

Iowa posts 64 more COVID-19 deaths as cases continue to rise

DES MOINES — The number of new coronavirus cases in Iowa in the past seven days surged 51% compared to the previous week, and new COVID-19 hospital admissions also increased along with the number of patients requiring intensive care, the state Department of Public Health reported ...

Some abortion foes question tactical wisdom of new Texas ban

The new Texas law that bans most abortions in the state has been welcomed by many of the religious leaders who help bolster the anti-abortion movement. Yet some abortion opponents in U.S. religious circles are wary of the law and questioning the movement's current direction. The wariness ...

No decision yet from school district on masks

Marshalltown Community School District again has the ability to enact a mask mandate. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pratt ruled on Monday to halt the enforcement of a law banning mask mandates in public schools with a temporary restraining order in effect immediately. Hours after the ...