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Pending FDA approval, which is expected, Governor Kim Reynolds says Iowa’s first shipment of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine should arrive the week of December 13, with the first shipment of Moderna’s vaccine coming the following week. Altogether, she expects 172,000 Iowans will be able to get vaccinated this month. Hospital employees along with the residents and […]

An Ottumwa man and woman face multiple counts of sexual abuse and authorities say the abuse dates back seven years. Forty-nine-year-old Jesse Harnden has been charged with 85 counts of second and third-degree sexual abuse. Court records say Harnden started engaging in illegal sex acts with a seven-year-old child in February 2013. Police say the […]

The USDA is forecasting net farm income for 2020 will jump 43% over last year, reaching a seven-year high of nearly $120 billion. “I would summarize this as an update of a pretty dramatic upswing in the farm economy,” said ag economist David Widmar of the consulting firm Agricultural Economic Insights. The previous USDA forecast […]

A University of Iowa student is accused in sexual blackmail case. The UI Department of Public Safety says a 20-year-old student threatened to report she was sexually assaulted unless the would-be victim paid her a thousand dollars. The student, Vy Nhat Dihn, is charged with extortion. The incident allegedly happened at Catlett Residence Hall in […]

The latest report from Iowa Workforce Development shows another drop in jobless claims. The number of initial unemployment claims filed last week dropped to around 5,600, down more than 3,300 from the previous week. Workforce Development says the number of continuing weekly unemployment claims was over 34,000, also down about 2,600 from the week before. […]

With the isolation of the pandemic, many Iowans decided to inject a little cheer into their lives by decorating their homes for Christmas — inside and out — well before Thanksgiving. Some Iowa Christmas tree farms report heavy sales. Jan Pacovsky, executive director of the Iowa Christmas Tree Growers Association in New Hampton, says it’s […]

Congresswoman Cindy Axne says pandemic relief programs approved in the spring are in danger of ending and congress must take action to extend unemployment benefits. “This is all happening when week after week we see initial claims higher than the worst that we saw in the Great Recession,” Axne says. Iowa’s unemployment rate fell to […]

The state website tracking deaths during the pandemic shows more than a quarter of the Iowans who’ve died after testing positive for Covid died in the month of November. Governor Kim Reynolds said the record number of deaths last month is connected to the high numbers of Iowans who’ve recently tested positive for the virus. […]

Democrat Rita Hart will ask the U.S. House of Representatives to intervene and set the rules for another recount in Iowa’s second congressional district. The results state officials certified Monday after a district-wide recount show Hart finished six votes behind Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks. Hart’s campaign says filing a challenge under state law did not allow […]

It’s getting to be that time of the year when Iowans start thinking about booking a vacation to a warm destination during the cold winter months. Kyle Potter, executive editor at, says if you book flights now, there is very little risk as long as you make sure the flight qualifies for free changes […]

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