CDC calls for nearly 2/3 of US counties to mask-up indoors

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fully vaccinated Americans who live in areas with “substantial and high” transmission should wear masks in indoor public spaces in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said they had reviewed new data in recent days that showed fully vaccinated…

Rivera’s defense tries linking Mollie Tibbetts’ murder to sex trafficking in strategy to win new trial

MONTEZUMA, Iowa – The defense team for Cristhian Bahena Rivera spent Tuesday morning presenting its case during a hearing for a new trial. Back in May, Rivera was convicted of first-degree murder for the killing of Mollie Tibbetts. Defense attorneys Chad and Jennifer Frese are trying to link Tibbetts’ death with Xavior Harrelson’s disappearance and sex…

CDC reverses course on indoor masks in some parts of the country

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed course Tuesday on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging. Citing new information about the ability of the delta variant to spread among vaccinated people, the CDC also recommended indoor masks…

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Weightlifter gets Philippines 1st ever Olympic gold after nearly 100 years

TOKYO (NEXSTAR) — Hidilyn Diaz has become the first Olympic gold medalist from the Philippines after winning the women’s 55-kilogram weightlifting category. Diaz overtook Liao Qiuyun of China on her last lift in the clean and jerk to win with a total 224 kilograms. Hidilyn Diaz of Philippines competes in the women’s 55kg weightlifting event,…

Des Moines lawmaker and activist turns 70; reflects on lifetime of advocacy

DES MOINES, Iowa — Turning 70 years is a milestone for anyone, but there were those who doubted that Ako Abdul-Samad would ever live past the age of 20. Most Iowans know Abdul-Samad for his work as a state legislator and as the founder and CEO of his community nonprofit, Creative Visions. But behind his…

Watch: 13-year-old girl wins skateboarding gold

TOKYO (AP) — On the Olympic podium stood three teenage girls — 13, 13 and 16 — with weighty gold, silver and bronze medals around their young necks, rewards for having landed tricks on their skateboards that most kids their age only get to see on Instagram. After decades in the shadows of men’s skateboarding,…

One person in custody after large police presence in Windsor Heights

WINDSOR HEIGHTS, Iowa — One person was taken into custody Saturday night after shots were fired in a Windsor Heights neighborhood. Windsor Heights police officers responded to a domestic situation in the 7000 block of Jefferson Avenue around 9:30 p.m. When officers arrived, they heard gunshots in the area. Police told neighbors to shelter in…

Oskaloosa residents find relief from extreme heat during weather advisory

OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Saturday’s hot weather was enough for the National Weather Service to declare a Heat Advisory in most of southern Iowa, including in Oskaloosa. The temperature needle danced close to the 100-degree mark on Saturday. Paired with oppressive humidity, and it’s no surprise most people stayed inside. However, a decent crowd did venture…

Bryson DeChambeau out of Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19

KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau tested positive for COVID-19 before leaving the United States for the Olympics and will miss the Tokyo Games. He’ll be replaced by Patrick Reed. DeChambeau, last year’s U.S. Open champion, becomes the highest-profile athlete to test positive for the virus. He said he was “deeply disappointed not to be…

Iowans try to find relief from heatwave as temperatures come close to triple-digits

DES MOINES, Iowa — Central Iowa is experiencing some of its hottest days of the year, and people did whatever they could to stay cool while the heatwave took over. Splash pads and fountains became popular places for families to find relief from Friday’s heat. “We were looking for a place that sends water in…

Creative Visions celebrates 25 years with a call to action

DES MOINES, Iowa — Creative Visions has played an important role in the community for decades. The work being done at it has helped make Des Moines a safer place to live. The non-profit organization is celebrating a major milestone this weekend. Its mission over the years has been clear but continuing to carry out…

Urbandale parents ready to cheer on track star daughter, Olympian Karissa Schweizer

URBANDALE, Iowa — Mike and Kathy Schweizer have been cheering on their daughter Karissa since she was born. Now, they get to root for her in the Olympics. Although they can’t be in Tokyo, they will be “kicking it for Karissa” from home. Karissa is set to run in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters…

Olympic opening ceremony highlights fellowship of nations united by competition

TOKYO — For the last 16 months, COVID-19 has literally kept us apart. After a year-long postponement, the Olympic opening ceremony proved that the 206 nations competing are all united through emotion. “We have such a great deal of respect for the Japanese people who are such a hospitable people,” said Susanne Lyons, President and…

What to watch Friday night, Saturday morning at the Tokyo Olympics

Each day of the Tokyo Games, NBC Olympics will provide a rundown of the biggest athletes and the biggest events to watch across a variety of sports. Every single event can be streamed live on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app, and many can also be seen on the television networks of NBC. For even more events,…

Ankeny man claims guns found in Chicago hotel were packed by mistake; police bodycam video released

CHICAGO – Police bodycam footage of an Ankeny man’s arrest in Chicago earlier this month is shedding new light on what officials initially feared could have been signs a mass shooting was planned. Thirty-two-year-old Keegan Casteel of Ankeny was arrested on July 4th after a hotel worker found guns in his high-rise waterfront hotel room.…

Iowa 1st, Illinois 3rd in ‘structurally deficient’ bridges

Iowa tops the list of structurally deficient bridges in the United States and Illinois places third, according to data from the Federal Highway Administration. The NBI says structurally deficient means “one of the key elements is in poor or worse condition.” Of the 23,982 bridges in Iowa, 4,571, or 19.1 percent, are classified as structurally…

Johnston shows off progress on new town center project

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Crews have just about finished building the new Johnston Town Center. The city is using it to combine business and event space into one. It includes a green space called The Yard. This is where you’ll find concerts, outdoor movies, and more. While the basic amenities, including a splash pad, will open…

Massive internet outage takes down major websites

A widespread internet outage took down several websites including Amazon, UPS, and Southwest Airlines on Thursday. The cause of the outage remains unknown, however, Akamai global content delivery network confirmed a widespread issue to its Edge DNS service. In a statement, Akamai said at 12:09 p.m. ET they are “aware of an emerging issue with…

Urbandale gymnasium closing after decades of training

URBANDALE, Iowa — After decades of training generations of athletes, a gymnasium in Urbandale is closing its doors for good. Owner and coach Jeff Jorgensen said it has been an emotional time for him after long weighing the decision to retire. Plans to have someone else continue to run Corner House Gymnastics fell through, and…

Tokyo 2020: Justin Surrency talks about his arrival in Japan and what’s to come in the Olympics

TOKYO – WHO 13’s Justin Surrency is in Tokyo covering the 2020 Olympics and took a little time from his busy schedule to join Andy and Jodi on Today in Iowa Wednesday morning. He shared his experience on the long journey to Tokyo and dealing with the strict COVID-19 protocols needed for him to be…

FBI, local agencies conduct early-morning raids in Polk County in large-scale drug investigation

DES MOINES, Iowa – Multiple tactical units from federal and local law enforcement agencies conducted operations at several locations in Polk County and the Des Moines metro early Wednesday morning as part of a large-scale ongoing investigation by the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force and the FBI. According to a news release from the Polk…

Ex-head of Trump inaugural committee accused of being UAE agent

NEW YORK (AP) — The chair of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee was arrested Tuesday on charges alleging that he and others conspired to influence Trump’s foreign policy positions to benefit the United Arab Emirates. Thomas Joseph Barrack, 74, of Santa Monica, California, was among three men charged in New York federal court…

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