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Des Moines schools OK return to classes, delays key decision

Sep. 21, 2020 10:10 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines School board on Monday night set a date for returning to school but put off establishing a coronavirus infection rate that would force the district to revert to online-only instruction. Des Moines schools, Iowa's largest district with more than 33,000 students, has...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2020, file photo, Des Moines Public School students and supporters march from Roosevelt High School to the Governor's Mansion at Terrace Hill to protest the cancellation of fall and winter extracurriculars, in Des Moines, Iowa. All in-person activities were suspended this month as the district's classroom instruction remains virtual. (Olivia Sun/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)

Des Moines says no to governor's demand for classroom return

Sep. 20, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Students in Iowa’s largest school system are facing the possibility that this most unusual school year could stretch into next summer, and the district could be hit with crippling bills because of a dispute with the governor over the safety of returning to classrooms during...

Des Moines may seek to be college hoops 'bubble' site

Sep. 18, 2020 7:52 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The structure of how college basketball will be played during the coronavirus pandemic is unclear, but leaders in Des Moines may push for the city to serve as a “bubble” site if that option is chosen. The Des Moines Register reports that leaders are discussing inviting...

Police charge 2 teens in shooting death of Des Moines man

Sep. 17, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police on Thursday charged two teenager boys in the death of a 21-year-old man who was shot earlier that day at an apartment complex. The boys, ages 14 and 15, were charged in juveniles court with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the death of Joshua...

Police make another arrest in Des Moines shooting death

Sep. 17, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police on Thursday charged another person with murder in the Sept. 2 shooting death of a man near the Drake University campus. Police charged Luis Anibal Alicea-Rodriguez, 27, of West Des Moines, with first-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm in...

Reynolds defends using coronavirus funds for staff pay

Sep. 16, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday there is nothing inappropriate about her decision to spend nearly $450,000 in federal coronavirus relief money on salaries for aides in her office, including her chief of staff and spokesman. Reynolds addressed the matter at a press conference...

In this Aug. 7, 2020 photo provided by the Iowa Falls Times Citizen, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds greets people at the Hardin County GOP Sweet Corn Feed in Eldora, Iowa. Reynolds scoffs at calls for a statewide mask order, calling them

Iowa governor won't budge on masks even as virus deaths rise

Sep. 15, 2020 11:48 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Plenty of Republican governors initially rejected mask mandates, but few have held to their skepticism amid soaring coronavirus cases with the tenacity of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. Reynolds scoffs at calls for a statewide mask order, calling them “feel-good” actions, and...

Police: Murder charge dropped in Des Moines homicide case

Sep. 15, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A suspect in a shooting death in Des Moines earlier this month is no longer facing first-degree murder charges, police said Tuesday. Michael Jermaine Jacobs, 27. was charged after Sean Newman, 36, was found shot to death in a neighborhood near Drake University on Sept. 2. Police had...

Des Moines teen dies in shooting police say was self-defense

Sep. 14, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man who shot and killed one teenager and injured another in Des Moines on Monday will not be charged after authorities determined he was acting in self-defense, police announced. Police said two 16-year-old males who both had handguns tried to rob a group of people in north Des...

Des Moines man charged after wife's body is found in woods

Sep. 12, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man has been arrested in the death of his wife whose body was found in a wooded area outside the couple's Des Moines home. Thirty-two-year-old Datron Simmons was charged Friday with first-degree murder in the death of 50-year-old Connie Simmons of Des Moines. Police Sgt. Paul...