Iowa’s COVID-19 Death Rate Among Highest in US, Report Says

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has among the nation’s highest coronavirus death and infection rates and residents should avoid gatherings in most counties to fight the virus, federal experts said this week. The virus infected and killed about twice as many people per capita in Iowa as the national average between Oct. 10 and…

Second Stimulus Checks: Pelosi Says Deal Can Happen Before Election if Trump Approves

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Though it appears there will be no COVID-19 relief bill before Election Day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still think it’s possible — but it’s up to President Donald Trump. On Friday, Pelosi said a bill could be passed before Election Day if Trump “wants to” approve it. “The biggest step forward… in…

Story County Now Has Mask Mandate

STORY COUNTY, Iowa  —  As of Thursday, people in Story County are required to wear masks. The Story County Board of Health says the mandate has been in the works for months and should have been a statewide mandate. “It is something that should come from the governor’s office, but she is not she has…

Iowa’s Nursing Homes Have Greater PPE Shortages than Other States

DES MOINES, Iowa — A new report shows Iowa is seeing greater shortages of personal protective equipment per week compared to other states. The AARP released a study that showed an average 25 percent of nursing homes in the United States did not have a full week’s supply of PPE for the last four weeks.…

The final Biden-Trump presidential debate: What to know, how to watch

NASHVILLE (NewsNation Now) —  The final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will kick off Thursday night in Nashville, Tennessee. The event, which will feature new rule changes, begins at 9 p.m. ET at Belmont University. The 90-minute debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments, with each candidate…

Police Dog Finds 2-Year-Old Iowa Boy Who Wandered from Home

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are crediting a Mason City police dog with finding a 2-year-old boy who wandered with from his family’s rural home and through a wooded area along a creek this week. The incident happened Tuesday, when the boy’s family reported him and the family dog missing, the Globe Gazette reported. Cerro…

More Details Released About Texas Woman Who Died of COVID-19 While on Spirit Flight

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A Texas woman died of COVID-19 while onboard a Spirit Airlines flight that was diverted to Albuquerque earlier this year. According to The Washington Post, on the evening of July 24, the flight left Las Vegas and was on its way to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport when it was diverted…

Iowa Governor Stands by Use of Virus Aid for IT Project

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday her administration will try to convince federal auditors to allow its plan to spend $21 million in coronavirus relief funds on a long-planned information technology upgrade. Reynolds said that the state believes spending federal virus aid to purchase and implement a new accounting and…

MidAmerican Energy Idles 46 Wind Turbines After Blade Woes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa-based electric utility MidAmerican Energy has idled nearly four dozen power-generating wind turbines after huge blades broke off of two turbines in recent weeks. MidAmerican has paused the use of 46 turbines it has identified as having similar blades, which are about 177 feet long and weigh 18,000 pounds, the…

Local Martial Arts Program Helping Kids Handle Bullying

JOHNSTON, Iowa — In honor of Bullying Awareness Month, one business is offering a class to kids on how to stand up to bullies. Dojo’s Family Martial Arts is hoping to give kids confidence and learn “bully resistance.” Watch what Mustafa Jahic has to say about their program and how they are making it happen…

DMACC and Western Governors University Team Up to Offer Students Easy Transfers

ANKENY, Iowa — Des Moines Area Community College students can now transfer to Western Governors University upon graduation. The partnership became official after a virtual news conference Tuesday morning. DMACC graduates from all six campuses will also become eligible for a scholarship up to $2,500 for their WGU online undergrad programs. DMACC President Rob Denson…

Iowa’s September Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.7%

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s unemployment rate for September dropped to 4.7%, continuing a five-month trend of hiring after the state’s economy was hit by the coronavirus pandemic, a state agency reported Tuesday. Iowa Workforce Development reported the unemployment rate was down from 6% in August. The rate has declined every month since April,…

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