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In this April 6, 2020 photo, skateboarders are seen in a park in Omaha, Neb. As most governors have imposed stay-at-home orders that public health officials say are essential to slowing the spread of the new coronavirus, leaders in a handful of states have steadfastly refused to take the action, arguing it's unneeded and potentially harmful. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Holdout governors: Some states don't need stay-at-home order

Apr. 7, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Even as most Americans are under orders from their governor to stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, leaders in a handful of states have steadfastly refused to take that action, arguing it's unneeded and could be harmful. Nine governors have refused to issue statewide...

Police ID woman killed in hit-and-run crash in Des Moines

Apr. 6, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police on Monday identified a woman who investigators believe was intentionally run down by a driver and killed as she walked her dog in Des Moines neighborhood Sunday. Police said Lauren Rice, 38, and her dog, Holiday, were killed in the Sunday morning incident. Officers found Rice...

Investigators: Des Moines man fleeing police killed in crash

Apr. 6, 2020 8:27 AM EDT

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man who was fleeing an attempted traffic stop died when his motorcycle crashed into the back of a truck, the Iowa State Patrol reported. The incident began Saturday night on Interstate 80, when a trooper tried to pull 21-year-old Aaron Bjork for speeding, Des Moines...

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...

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...

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...

Governor appoints lawyer with GOP ties to Iowa Supreme Court

Apr. 3, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s Republican governor on Friday appointed a West Des Moines lawyer with longtime ties to the state GOP as the newest Iowa Supreme Court justice. Gov. Kim Reynolds named Matthew McDermott to fill the vacancy left when former Justice David Wiggins, a Democratic appointee,...

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...