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Mesha Wagner, of Winterset, Iowa, and her son Karsen Keller, right, walk past the Iowa Theater that is closed in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Winterset, Iowa. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Governor disputes model showing late Iowa peak, 1,367 deaths

Apr. 1, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds and an aide pushed back Wednesday against a research model forecasting that Iowa will see a late peak in coronavirus cases, nearly 1,400 deaths by August and a huge shortage of intensive care unit beds. Reynolds and Department of Public Health Deputy Director Sarah...

In this Nov. 7, 2019, photo Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in her formal office at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. For Reynolds, her drunken driving conviction nearly 20 years ago marked a turning point. Now, after becoming the state's first female governor, the Republican is using her experience as motivation for a stubborn campaign to restore the vote to felons that has divided her from many in her own party.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa governor got 2nd chance; she thinks felons should, too

Apr. 1, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, will never forget the summer night 20 years ago when a state trooper stopped her minivan on Interstate 35 and found a nearly empty bottle of Black Velvet whisky on the seat behind her. What followed was a sometimes humiliating series of...

2 of Iowa's 5 medical marijuana dispensaries have closed

Apr. 1, 2020 7:15 AM EDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Medical marijuana dispensaries have closed in Council Bluffs and Davenport, Iowa health officials said. The disclosure Monday by the Iowa Public Health Department said patients and caregivers still may purchase the cannabidiol products at Iowa's three other licensed outlets, in...

Waukee Community Schools Nutrition Services Department employee Billie Veach hands out free grab-and-go meals for children under eighteen years of age in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Waukee, Iowa. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa coronavirus cases up to 497, with 30 at care center

Mar. 31, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa coronavirus cases increased by 73 on Tuesday to a total statewide of 497 due to surging numbers in populous counties in central and eastern Iowa, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported. One additional death was reported, a Muscatine resident between 41 and 60 years old....

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds speaks to the press during a news conference on Sunday, March 29, 2020, about the coronavirus COVID-19 and the state's response from the State Emergency Operation Center in Johnston, Iowa. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)

Judges slow abortion bans in Texas, Ohio, Alabama amid virus

Mar. 30, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal judges on Monday temporarily blocked efforts in Texas and Alabama to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic, handing Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers a victory as clinics across the U.S. filed lawsuits to stop states from trying to shutter them during...

Gary Meyer, owner of Friedrichs Coffee, hands a bag of coffee to a coffee lover at Friedrichs Coffee in Urbandale, Iowa, on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Meyer spent Saturday morning giving free bags of coffee to residents to help pull the community together as residents spend more time isolated in their homes due to the Covid-19 coronavirus. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP  )

Iowa officials confirm 38 new COVID-19 cases, 4th death

Mar. 29, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa health officials said Sunday that they have confirmed 38 more cases of COVID-19 and a fourth death. The Iowa Department of Public Health said the state now has 336 positive cases, up from 298 on Saturday. The latest death was a Linn County resident between the ages of 61 and...

Parts of Iowa under tornado watch through Saturday night

Mar. 28, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A large swath of Iowa from north and just east of Des Moines to the Mississippi River remained under a tornado watch Saturday afternoon. The National Weather Service said the watch would be in effect until 9 p.m. Saturday and included the cities of Ames, Fort Dodge, Waterloo, Cedar...

Health officials: 64 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Iowa

Mar. 28, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sixty-four additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Iowa, state health officials said Saturday, bringing the state's total to nearly 300. The Iowa Department of Public Health said in a news release that the new cases included 14 in Linn County and 12 in Polk County. The...

A sign on the front door of the St. Anthony's Catholic Church directs parishioners to the availability of online mass, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. Daily masses continue to be available online in response to the new coronavirus outbreak but the church is open daily for private prayers. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa governor's medical procedures order halts abortions

Mar. 27, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An aide to Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday that an order she issued this week to slow the spread of coronavirus had outlawed abortions in Iowa, but that interpretation was never explained to the organization that performs most abortions in the state and only came to light after it was...

Hotel space planned for colorful Des Moines office building

Mar. 25, 2020 6:53 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One of Des Moines' taller and more colorful office buildings will house hotel guests by 2022 under a plan being developed by its owner. Floors one through 13 of the Financial Center would become the hotel, with 190 guest rooms, a food market, coffee shop and an upscale restaurant....