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FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2020 file photo, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference in Johnston, Iowa. The refusal of Gov. Reynolds to require Iowans to wear masks in public has prompted at least three cities and a county to impose their own local ordinances setting up what could be a legal battle over whether local officials have the authority to impose such demands. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Local control dispute brewing over Iowa mask mandates

Aug. 9, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

The refusal of Gov. Kim Reynolds to require Iowans to wear masks in public has prompted at least three cities and a county to adopt their own local ordinances, setting up what could be a legal battle over whether local officials have the authority to impose mask rules in the absence of a governor’s...

2 men charged after trying to crash into police building

Aug. 9, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa men are facing several charges after authorities say they tried to crash a vehicle into the Muscatine police headquarters. Muscatine Police said the two Muscatine men were arrested early Sunday after their vehicle became stuck on a brick planter outside the Muscatine Public...

Authorities identify Fort Dodge woman fatally shot by police

Aug. 9, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities have identified the Fort Dodge woman who was shot and killed by police last week. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said 39-year-old Melissa Halda was fatally shot by a Webster County Sheriff's deputy during the incident on Tuesday night. Halda was...

Mother of Iowa student who died in freezing temps sues

Aug. 8, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The mother of an 18-year-old University of Iowa student who froze to death in January 2019 is suing the school for negligence. Michael Belz, of Cedar Rapids, was caught outside of his residence hall on the night of Jan. 29, 2019, when wind chills in Iowa City were 51 degrees below...

Man gets life with no parole in 1979 murder of Iowa woman

Aug. 7, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man was on Friday sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole in the 1979 murder of an 18-year-old high school student. Jerry Burns, 66, of Manchester, was arrested in Dec. 19 2018, 39 years to the day after Michelle Martinko was found dead in her parents’...

ISU virus tests find 2.2% of returning students positive

Aug. 7, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

AMES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa State University program to administer coronavirus tests as students move back to campus has found 66 testing positive, the university said in a statement Friday. That's about 2.2% of the 3,037 students that have moved in to residence halls and campus apartments and taken tests....

FILE - In this  June 1, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden bows his head in prayer as he visits Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del. Photos in a campaign ad for President Donald Trump show that former Vice President Biden is “alone, hiding, diminished.” The ad blurs details that show Biden is praying in a church.  The ad was tweeted by @TeamTrump on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Aug. 7, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ____ CLAIM: Photos in a campaign ad for President Donald Trump show that former Vice...

Family of man shot by Iowa deputy alleges cover-up in suit

Aug. 7, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The family of a man killed by a Polk County sheriff’s deputy two years ago alleges in a federal lawsuit that the office is “covering up” the killing by refusing to release footage and records. The family of Isaiah Hayes, 25, of Ashland, Wisconsin, filed the...

Iowa continuing unemployment claims fall

Aug. 7, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 6,700 people filed unemployment claims last week in Iowa, and the number of continuing claims is nearly 105,000, a decrease of more than 5,000 from the previous week. There were 6,765 claims for unemployment insurance in the week ending Aug. 1, Iowa Workforce Development...

Man critically injured when explosion rocks Iowa house

Aug. 7, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man has suffered life-threatening injuries in an explosion at a home just outside the Cedar Rapids city limits, authorities their said. The explosion occurred around 2 p.m. Thursday as Joshua Thomas, 24, of Marion, was working on the property, the Linn County Sheriff’s...