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Pedestrian and dog killed in hit-and-run crash in Des Moines

Apr. 5, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A pedestrian and a dog were struck by a pickup truck and killed in Des Moines on Sunday morning. Des Moines Police say the crash happened around 8 a.m. Sunday in the 1700 block of Beaver Avenue. Officers found the 38-year-old woman and a dog she was walking deceased at the scene....

8 more COVID-19 deaths, 83 new cases reported in Iowa

Apr. 5, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa health officials said eight more people have died from COVID-19 in Iowa, and 83 new cases of the disease were reported Sunday. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday that the statewide total of coronavirus cases grew to at least 868, and 22 people in Iowa have died...

Grand juries, jury trials in Iowa suspended until mid-July

Apr. 4, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has issued an order suspending grand jury hearings and criminal jury trials until mid-July in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Chief Justice Susan Christensen issued the order Thursday, saying trials and hearings already in progress will continue,...

North Dakota's 2 largest newspapers make moves to trim costs

Apr. 4, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s two largest newspapers are taking steps to trim costs amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Bismarck Tribune, along with all other newspapers owned by Lee Enterprises Inc., announced Saturday it will furlough employees or cut pay in response to a drop in advertising...

3 more COVID-19 deaths, 87 new cases reported in Iowa

Apr. 4, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Another three people in the state have died from COVID-19, and 87 new cases of the disease were confirmed Saturday across the state, Iowa health officials said. The Iowa Department of Public Health said in a news release that the statewide total of novel coronavirus cases stood at...

Police: 33-year-old woman Des Moines' 8th homicide of 2020

Apr. 4, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A 33-year-old woman is Des Moines’ latest homicide victim, police said Saturday. Police said in a news release that officers were called around 4 p.m. Friday to an area just blocks southwest of the Drake University campus for reports of a shooting. Arriving officers found the...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, Gov. Tim Walz speaks during news conference in St. Paul, Minn., where he gave an update on the state's effort to slow down the coronavirus. On Friday, April 3, 2020, Walz said he's worried about neighboring states that have yet to issue stay-at-home orders to try and slow the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota governor worried about response from border states

Apr. 4, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said he's worried about neighboring states that have yet to issue stay-at-home orders to try and slow the spread of COVID-19. North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa were among a handful of states that did not have statewide orders in place as of Friday afternoon....

Furniture maker lays off 40 Dubuque workers for 3 months

Apr. 4, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa-based furniture manufacturer has laid off 40 workers at its Dubuque corporate location. A letter recently sent to Dubuque city officials from Flexsteel Industries says the temporary layoff was effective March 23 and is expected to last three months, the Telegraph Herald...

In this March 27, 2020 photo, Kim Simeon and children Annabel, 9, and Brennan, 11, pose for a photo with Nala, a dog they are fostering, in Omaha, Neb. The Simeon family was headed home to Omaha from a much-needed Smoky Mountains vacation when Kim Simeon spotted a social media post from the Nebraska Humane Society, pleading with people to consider fostering a pet.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Pet fostering takes off as coronavirus keeps Americans home

Apr. 4, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Simeon family was heading home to Omaha from a Smoky Mountains vacation when Kim Simeon spotted a social media post from the Nebraska Humane Society, pleading with people to consider fostering a pet amid concerns about how the coronavirus would affect operations. A day later, a 1...

Mega Millions change means jackpots will be big, not massive

Apr. 3, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Winning a Mega Millions lottery prize worth hundreds of millions of dollars was always a long, long shot, but soon it will be nearly impossible. The group that oversees the lottery game announced Friday it was following the lead of Powerball, the other national lottery game, and...