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The two major party candidates in Iowa’s second congressional district discussed their differences on Social Security, the federal minimum wage and several health-related issues during an hour-long “Iowa Press” debate tonight on Iowa PBS. Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa said while she’d be willing to consider raising the federal minimum wage, states are best positioned […]

Iowa State University athletic director Jaimie Pollard announced today that they will allow fans into the next home football game on October 3rd against Oklahoma. Pollard says they made the decision after a drop in the number of positive tests for the coronavirus. He projects there will be around 15,000 fans at the game. ISU […]

Continuing weekly unemployment claims dropped by 2,131 last week — despite an increase in new claims. Iowa Workforce Development deputy director, Ryan West, says it is good to see the downward trend continue. “Hopefully, we are starting to climb back up the mountain. We are about six months from when the pandemic started — hopefully, […]

The Iowa Department of Transportation has its supplies ready for whatever the winter ahead brings. DOT winter operations administrator Craig Bargfrede says several hundred-million pounds of rock salt are tucked away in giant storage domes beside the 101 DOT garages spread out statewide. “We have roughly 226,000 tons of capacity across the state and currently, […]

A recent survey published by the Centers for Disease Control found anxiety and depression are at an all-time high among Iowans. Nearly 40% of Iowans reported feelings of despair and worry during the pandemic. “Last spring a dense fog of the unknown rolled across Iowa overwhelming our work routines, disconnecting us from trusted friends, co-workers […]

Iowa’s largest hospital is struggling to keep up with patients’ needs due to a shortage of beds. Because of a lack of capacity, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is denying some transfers from other hospitals, though it is accepting COVID-19 transfers. CEO Suresh Gunasekaran told the Board of Regents on Wednesday that patients […]

A north-central Iowa school district has canceled classes for today and Friday due to COVID-19 cases being reported. Officials with the Eagle Grove Community School District announced Wednesday their decision to cancel classes due to 100 of the approximately 1,000 students in the district are now in quarantine. Eagle Grove superintendent Jess Tolliver said this […]

As new cases of COVID-19 increase in some northwest Iowa counties, local school administrators say they’re doing what they can to keep students in class. More than 200 students and staff in the Sibley-Ocheyedan Community School District are in isolation or quarantine because of COVID-19 and that includes Superintendent James Craig. Craig says rather than […]

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division has filed complaints against six businesses in four cities for violating the COVID-19 social distancing rules in the governor’s emergency proclamation. IABD lawyer, Lolani Lekkas says they meet with the business owners and try to reach a settlement. “Walk through any questions they have with regard to the complaint and […]

Theresa Greenfield, the Iowa Democratic Party’s nominee for the U.S. Senate, today said adding more justices to the U.S. Supreme Court is not a priority for Iowans. “I don’t that’s what we should be doing by any means,” Greenfield said earlier this afternoon. “I wouldn’t say that I have formed an opinion on that, but […]

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