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FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2019, file photo, Iowa wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette (6) runs with the ball for a touchdown during the first half of the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game against Southern California in San Diego. Smith-Marsette knew he messed up when Iowa City police pulled him over after clocking him driving 74 mph in a 30 zone in the wee hours of Nov. 1. His career was not over. In fact, coach Kirk Ferentz offered support, putting out a statement hours later saying the arrest was out of character and that Smith-Marsette was a great teammate. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez, File)

No. 24 Iowa's Smith-Marsette rebuilds trust after his arrest

Dec. 1, 2020 5:45 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Ihmir Smith-Marsette knew he messed up when Iowa City police pulled him over after clocking him driving 74 mph in a 30 mph zone in the wee hours of Nov. 1. “I was thinking my football career was probably done,” the Iowa receiver said. Smith-Marsette's blood-alcohol...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2020, file photo, Mariannette Miller-Meeks answers a question during a debate with Rita Hart in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Iowa officials on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, were expected to certify a Republican candidate as a six-vote winner for an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, in what is shaping up to be the closest congressional election in decades. Miller-Meeks finished ahead of Democrat Rita Hart in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District after a recount saw her 47-vote lead steadily dwindle to single digits but never be overcome. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette via AP, File)

Iowa board certifies 6-vote Republican win in US House race

Nov. 30, 2020 6:56 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials on Monday certified a Republican candidate as the winner by six votes of an open seat in the U.S. House, in what is shaping up to be the closest congressional election in decades. Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks finished ahead of Democrat Rita Hart in Iowa’s...

Iowa center Luka Garza, center, drives to the basket between Southern University's Andre Allen, left, and Samkelo Cele, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Nearly perfect Garza scores 41, No. 5 Iowa routs Southern

Nov. 27, 2020 8:22 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Luka Garza expects perfection every time he shoots. The Iowa center came close to that in the fifth-ranked Hawkeyes' 103-76 win over Southern on Friday. Garza scored 41 points, missing just one shot early in the second half. He was 14 of 15 from the field, making all three of his...

Keyser leads NC Central past Southern 85-78 in OT

Nov. 26, 2020 7:09 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — C.J. Keyser had a career-high 33 points as NC Central got past Southern 85-78 in overtime on Thursday. Jamir Moultrie had 15 points and Jordan Perkins added 12 points and six rebounds for NC Central (1-1). Keyser made 12 of 16 shots. Ahsante Shivers had 20 points for the Jaguars...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2020 file photo, Rita Hart answers a question during a debate with Mariannette Miller-Meeks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020.    The historically close race for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District seat could be approaching a tie.  Hart has cut Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ lead to 35 votes out of more than 394,400 cast, with all but three of the district’s 24 counties reporting the results of their recounts(Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette via AP)

GOP candidate clings to 8-vote lead in US House race in Iowa

Nov. 25, 2020 8:28 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Republican candidate saw her vote lead dwindle to single digits Wednesday in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District as a dramatic recount moved toward a conclusion in a race that will help determine the size of Democrats' majority in the House of Representatives. Republican Mariannette...

Iowa center Luka Garza, left, drives past North Carolina Central guard Justin Wright (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Garza, McCaffery help No. 5 Iowa rout NC Central in opener

Nov. 25, 2020 7:43 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — No shot Luka Garza makes surprises Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. Not even the new fadeaway that Garza unveiled Wednesday in a 97-67 victory over North Carolina Central. Garza had 26 points and 10 rebounds to help the Hawkeyes win their 10th consecutive opener. “Whenever it leaves...

FILE - In this May 2020 file photo, Tyson's Fresh Meat workers file in for a tour of safety measures put into place after the plant in Waterloo, Iowa, had to shut down due to a COVID-19 outbreak.  Lawyers for the estates of dead workers allege that the top official at Tyson Foods’ largest pork plant created a pool for managers to bet on how many workers would get infected during a coronavirus outbreak.   (Brandon Pollock/The Courier via AP, File)

Tyson suspends Iowa plant managers amid virus betting claim

Nov. 19, 2020 6:08 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Tyson Foods suspended top officials at its largest pork plant on Thursday and launched an investigation into allegations that they bet on how many workers would get infected during a widespread coronavirus outbreak. The company's president and CEO, Dean Banks, said he was...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds gives a primetime televised address announcing new efforts to combat COVID-19 in the state, on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at Iowa PBS, in Johnston, Iowa. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Some GOP governors shift on mask mandates as hospitals fill

Nov. 18, 2020 6:03 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — After Republicans expanded their control of Iowa’s Legislature this month, Gov. Kim Reynolds said the outcome was a validation of her small-government approach to managing the coronavirus pandemic. But as Iowa hospitals rapidly filled up in the days after the election, the GOP...

People line up outside a popular pub and restaurant in St Kilda in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Melbourne, Australia's former coronavirus hot spot, emerged from a lockdown at midnight Tuesday, restaurants, cafes and bars were allowed to open and outdoor contact sports can resume. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

The Latest: 6-day lockdown ordered in South Australia state

Nov. 17, 2020 10:56 PM EST

SYDNEY — The Australian state of South Australia will begin a six-day lockdown at midnight Wednesday, with schools, universities, bars and cafes closed. Only one person from each household will be allowed to leave home each day, and only for specific reasons. The restrictions also require most factories...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2020, file photo, a runner passes by a window displaying portraits of people wearing face coverings to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Lewiston, Maine. A deadly rise in COVID-19 infections is forcing state and local officials to adjust their blueprints for fighting a virus that is threatening to overwhelm health care systems. Schools are scrapping plans to reopen classrooms. More states are adopting mask mandates. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

States tightening anti-virus restrictions amid case surge

Nov. 17, 2020 10:02 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The deadly rise in COVID-19 cases across the U.S. is forcing state and local officials to adjust their blueprints for fighting the virus, with Republican governors adopting mask mandates — skeptically, in at least one case — and schools scrapping plans to reopen...