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FILE - In this Thursday, April 2, 2020 file photo, Jovita Carranza, administrator of the Small Business Administration, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House n Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence, President Donald Trump listen. Millions of small businesses are expected to apply for a desperately needed rescue loan Friday, a stern test for a banking industry that has had less than a week to prepare for the deluge. Small businesses will be seeking loans from the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program, which was put in place to help them retain workers and pay bills during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Small business relief program launches, hits snags

Apr. 3, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government’s $349 billion relief program for small businesses got off to a rocky start Friday as hundreds of thousands tried to apply for desperately needed loans. Many small business owners ran into bureaucratic or technological road blocks. Some even discovered their...

Key Iowa banks won't issue stimulus loans without more info

Apr. 3, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two of the largest banks in Iowa did not take applications for the $349 billion small business aid program that launched Friday. MidwestOne Bank and Bankers Trust announced late Thursday they did not have enough information from the Small Business Administration to proceed. Bankers...

UI hospital using virtual technology to treat virus patients

Apr. 3, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics reported Friday that it has successfully treated dozens of COVID-19 patients through a program that allows them to stay in their homes while they recover. Doctors use virtual technology to check daily on patients who have been diagnosed with...

Lauren Friel, owner of Rebel Rebel Wine Bar, in Somerville, Mass., stands for a portrait at the wine bar, Thursday, April 2, 2020. An Associated Press review of the small business aid passed by Congress as part of its coronavirus stimulus package shows that larger companies could quickly claim a disproportionate share of the money, squeezing out many small, locally-based businesses. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Stimulus aid for 'small business' will go to some big chains

Apr. 2, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — As the federal government prepares to launch a $349 billion loan program meant to help small businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic, critics have growing concerns that some mom-and-pop shops might get squeezed out. The Paycheck Protection Program — part of the $2 trillion...

A cyclist passes a sign directing riders to practice social distancing on a bridge in Water Works Park, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Des Moines, 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)

Virus outbreak at Iowa care facility has infected 21 people

Mar. 30, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An outbreak of the coronavirus at an eastern Iowa long-term care facility has infected 21 residents and employees, public health officials said Monday. The outbreak at the Cedar Rapids facility has contributed to a recent surge of infections in Linn County, which on Monday became the...

FILE - In this March 23, 2019, file photo, Iowa's Spencer Lee, left, celebrates his win over Virginia's Jack Mueller (not shown) in their 125-pound match in the finals of the NCAA wrestling championships in Pittsburgh. Lee has been voted the winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy as the most dominant college wrestler in the nation. Lee received 52 of a possible 57 first-place votes,  WIN magazine announced Monday, March 30, 2020.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Iowa's Spencer Lee wins Hodge Trophy after dominant season

Mar. 30, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Spencer Lee of Iowa has been voted the winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy as the most dominant college wrestler in the nation. Lee received 52 of a possible 57 first-place votes, WIN magazine announced Monday. The Hodge is considered the top honor in college wrestling. Lee was 18-0, won...

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...

More Iowa Guard troops deployed in fight against pandemic

Mar. 27, 2020 8:34 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — More than three dozen more Iowa Army National Guard members have been activated to join the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The soldiers from the 67th Troop Command have established an operations and planning cell at the Iowa City Readiness Center, the guard said in a news...

Universities give students a grading option amid pandemic

Mar. 27, 2020 7:45 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's three public universities have announced grading options as the COVID-19 pandemic forces students into online education instead of classroom instruction. As University of Iowa and Iowa State University undergraduate students returned from spring break this week, they are being...

A man walks past a nearly empty parking lot in front of the Iowa State Capitol building, Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa leaders last week suspended the current legislative session in response to COVID-19.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Jobless claims soar as Iowa closes more retail businesses

Mar. 26, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Unemployment claims rose nearly nineteenfold in Iowa last week as the coronavirus pandemic left entire sectors of the economy in tatters, officials reported Thursday hours before Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered more nonessential businesses to close. The U.S. Department of Labor reported...