Year: 2020

The number of Iowa nursing home residents who’ve died of Covid-19 has surpassed 700. Nursing home residents account for just over half of all Covid deaths in Iowa and the state website shows there are currently coronavirus outbreaks at 52 long-term care facilities. The number of Iowans hospitalized for treatment of Covid today is 31% […]

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld has announced he is retiring and will do so as soon as the Board of Regents can name a replacement. Harreld’s retirement announcement comes as the U-I struggles with budget issues that began before, and were made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. The university says Harreld is not available […]

Preschool students in Des Moines Public Schools will start returning for in-person classes October 12 and other grade levels will return in following weeks. The district’s school board voted 6-1 last night for a set of guidelines about when classes should shift back to online only. Polk County Public Health director Helen Eddy cautioned the […]

The Iowa Lottery is opening the doors back up today to allow you to cash winning tickets in person. Lottery spokesperson, Mary Neubauer says they’ve been working to make it safe. “We have additional protective glass or plexiglass up at the customer service counters in all of our offices. We have hand sanitizing stations just […]

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says President Trump’s nominee for a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court will be a role model for women and their daughters. “I’m so thankful that now other women will see that we have had one extraordinary female Supreme Court Justice in Ruth Bader Ginsburg being followed by another truly extraordinary […]

Federal pandemic relief money has helped keep the state budget in the black. By early September, the State of Iowa had used $2.8 billion in federal money to cover expenses related to the pandemic. About 40 percent of it was spent on unemployment benefits. The official state budgeting year ended June 30, but there’s a […]

Two people killed in a weekend shooting spree in Waterloo have been identified. Police say 22-year-old Da’Curious Burkett of Waterloo and 28-year-old Takeya Hogan-Camp of West Des Moines both died in the incident. The injured included a 28-year-old Waterloo woman, four men from Waterloo whose ages range from 21 to 31, and a 24-year-old man […]

Iowa’s Attorney General is joining an effort to target abusive and illegal debt collectors. Attorney General spokesperson, Lynn Hicks says it has become a nationwide problem. “We are calling this Operation Corrupt Collector and our office is working with other AG’s and the Federal Trade Commission and other agencies,” Hicks says. “Part of it is […]

Iowa Concert of Hope, Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. Viewable to all Mediacom customers in Iowa & adjacent states DES MOINES, IOWA – SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 — Iowans across the state can tune-in and watch a star-studded lineup from Broadway, film and TV and help raise funds to support Derecho disaster recovery efforts. Mediacom […]

Iowa’s wineries are trying to hold on from the pandemic that’s dealt a double hit to their business. Iowa Wine Growers Association, marketing director, Nicole Eilers says it is a business tailored to public interaction. “They had to shift their whole business plan from bringing people into the tasting rooms and giving them the experience […]

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