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Man charged with murder in shooting near Des Moines area bar

Jul. 13, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Detectives charged a man with murder Monday in the June 28 shooting death of another man outside a Des Moines area bar. Polk County sheriff's deputies charged Gordon Jerome Johnson, 35, with first-degree murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. Johnson, of Des Moines, was...

Crew rescues kayaker stranded on Cedar River in Iowa

Jul. 13, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Crews rescued a kayaker who swamped his boat on the Cedar River, authorities said. Responding rescue workers responding to a call at about 4:20 p.m. Sunday found the boater sitting on the top of a wing dam, a barrier that only extends partway into a river, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls...

Virus possibly cause of Iowa inmate death as cases rise

Jul. 13, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Pathologists will determine whether coronavirus killed an inmate in a northwestern Iowa prison, officials said, as the state deals with increasing numbers of people infected with the virus. Ronald Eugene Holdworth, 62, died Saturday morning as he was being taken from the prison to...

Number of Iowa abortions climb after plummeting for decades

Jul. 13, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

The number of women having abortions in Iowa climbed last year, a turnaround that critics blame on the state's controversial decision to withdraw from a federally funded family planning program. After decades of plummeting abortion numbers, the state last year recorded 3,566 abortions, which is 25% more than the...

CEO of Make-A-Wish Iowa dismissed over financial issues

Jul. 13, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The CEO and president of Make-A-Wish Iowa has been fired after the organization discovered financial irregularities during an internal audit, according to the charity's board chairman. Jennifer Woodley has been dismissed, board chairman Joshua Norton said a statement late last...

Editorial Roundup:

Jul. 13, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. July 9, 2020. In face of coronavirus pandemic, Iowa should position itself for a largely remote general election in November Gov. Kim Reynolds has still not signed an executive order restoring voting rights to felons. She did, however, find a pen to sign a bill that could reduce voter...

Iowa reports 35,002 coronavirus cases, 750 deaths in state

Jul. 12, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases in Iowa is now over 35,000. The Iowa Department of Public Health said the number of cases of COVID-19 grew to 35,002 at 10 a.m. Sunday. That is 503 higher than Saturday's total. There have now been a total of 750 deaths in the state linked to the...

Iowa arrest reviewed after handcuffed Black man has seizure

Jul. 12, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating an eastern Iowa arrest after video posted on social media showed a handcuffed Black man having a seizure and apparently struggling to breathe after officers used pepper spray on him. Dubuque officials said an internal investigation will review the Friday...

Police investigate fatal shooting in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Jul. 12, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fatal shooting in Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids Police say gunshots were reported around 4 a.m. Sunday in southwest Cedar Rapids. Officers found a person with a gunshot wound who later died at the scene. Police did not immediately release the victim's...

Health officials: 6 more COVID-19 deaths reported in Iowa

Jul. 11, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Six more people have died in Iowa from COVID-19, state health officials reported Saturday. As of Saturday afternoon, the toll for coronavirus-related deaths reached 748 in Iowa, health officials reported on their website. The state also reported 34,647 confirmed COVID-19 cases....