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FILE — In this Monday April 6, 2020 file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses the acquisition of the Sleep Train Arena for use as a field hospital, after touring the facility, in Sacramento, Calif., Newsom announced, Tuesday, April 7, 2020 the state will spend nearly $1 billion to purchase up to 200 million masks per month to boost the state's stockpile of protective equipment during the COVID-19 outbreak and provide as a supplier to other western states. (AP Photo/ (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

U.S. states share, get creative in hunt for medical supplies

Apr. 9, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

With the federal stockpile drained of protective gear, states are turning to each other, private industries and anyone who can donate in a desperate bid to get respirators, gloves and other supplies to doctors, nurses and other front-line workers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed...

Chicago man sentenced to life in prison in Iowa boy's death

Apr. 9, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Chicago man who was convicted of killing his girlfriend’s 5-year-old son in Davenport has been sentenced to to life in prison without parole. Tre Henderson was sentenced Wednesday after being found guilty in February of first-degree murder, child endangerment resulting in...

Lawmakers add 2 weeks to session break with return April 30

Apr. 9, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state group voted Thursday to extend the Iowa Legislature’s adjournment until April 30. The 24-member Iowa Legislative Council, which makes rules when the legislative body isn't in session, voted in a telephone conference call to extend the recess as concerns remain over...

Farmer injured in helicopter crash settles lawsuit

Apr. 9, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Lyon County farmer who was injured when a helicopter he rented to find some lost cows crashed in a 2017 has settled a lawsuit against the pilot and helicopter company. Steve Ahrendt and his wife, Lori, of rural Inwood, Iowa, sued Ride the Sky Helicopters, of Sioux Falls, and pilot...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the State Emergency Operations Center, Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Johnston, Iowa.  Weeks into the coronavirus outbreak, Iowa hospitals have been ordered to report daily statistics to the state on the number of patients they’re treating and whether they have enough resources. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, pool)

Iowa governor wants focus on individual, not state, response

Apr. 9, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds urged residents Thursday to pray for each other and take steps to fight the coronavirus outbreak individually, saying they should focus less on whether the government will order further public health interventions. Reynolds told reporters that “sometimes...

Audit: Iowa social worker filed $10K in improper claims

Apr. 9, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state auditor’s report released Thursday says an Iowa Department of Human Services employee filed more than $10,000 worth of improper or unsupported travel claims over three years. State Auditor Rob Sand said in the report that a Dallas County social worker claimed more...

Historic surge in unemployment claims continues in Iowa

Apr. 9, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A historic surge in unemployment claims continued last week in Iowa as more workers lost their jobs in an economy devastated by the coronavirus. The U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday that 67,334 people in Iowa filed for unemployment benefits in the week that ended April 4....

Police: 2 injured in workplace shooting in eastern Iowa

Apr. 9, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Two people were injured in a workplace shooting early Thursday morning at an exterior siding manufacturing plant in eastern Iowa, police said. Cedar Rapids police said the shooting happened around 5 a.m. Thursday when a person entered Associated Materials, shot two people and fled...

Some told to stay home after 4 get virus at Iowa corn plant

Apr. 8, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — Some workers at a large corn processing plant in eastern Iowa have been told to stay home after four of their colleagues have tested positive for coronavirus. Archer Daniels Midland spokeswoman Jackie Anderson said Wednesday that operations at the plant in Clinton are continuing but...

Des Moines schools announces plan for online classes

Apr. 8, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials at the state's largest school district announced plans Wednesday for completing the school year without having students return to the classroom. Starting on Monday with seniors, Des Moines Public Schools will begin teaching courses online. Other high school students will...