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Coach's payments to player lead to Iowa volleyball sanctions

May. 20, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa women's volleyball program was placed on probation for one year and must vacate 33 wins over two seasons as part of its penalties for violations committed by former coach Bond Shymansky. The university's athletic department also will pay a $5,000 fine to the NCAA under terms...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds discusses the state's COVID-19 response during her daily news conference on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston, Iowa. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)

In 'modified quarantine,' Iowa governor pushing to reopen

May. 13, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's governor continued her push to reopen the state's economy Wednesday, undeterred by a two-day surge in coronavirus deaths, increasing cases in its largest city and her own status in “modified quarantine." Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that she would allow restaurants,...

Iowa's Bohannon, Nunge granted extra year of eligibility

May. 12, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Big Ten Conference has approved hardship waiver petitions for Iowa basketball players Jordan Bohannon and Jack Nunge, giving each an extra year of eligibility. Iowa made the announcement Tuesday in a news release. Bohannon, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged 8.8 points and 3.3 assists in...

This booking photo released on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, by the Iowa Department of Public Safety shows Clark Perry Baldwin, of Waterloo, Iowa. Investigators say that DNA evidence links Baldwin, a former long-haul trucker, to the deaths of three women whose bodies were found in Tennessee and Wyoming in the early 1990s. (Iowa Department of Public Safety via AP)

Trucker charged in serial killings faces scrutiny across US

May. 7, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Investigators from multiple states were looking Thursday into whether a long-haul trucker from Iowa who's implicated in three women's slayings in the 1990s could be responsible for other unsolved homicides. Officers arrested Clark Perry Baldwin, 58, in Waterloo on Wednesday after new...

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Gov. Kim Reynolds, R-Iowa, left, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in Washington. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, right seated, and Vice President Mike Pence listen.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Pence to visit Des Moines amid increase in COVID-19 cases

May. 7, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has called Iowa’s response to the coronavirus pandemic “a success story” but he may find a less rosy reality when he arrives Friday. Pence is expected to visit the Des Moines metropolitan area, where a recent rise in confirmed infections...

Trucker from Iowa charged in 1990s slayings of 3 women

May. 6, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Investigators on Wednesday arrested a long-haul trucker from Iowa who they say is linked by DNA evidence to the killings of three women whose bodies were dumped in Wyoming and Tennessee in the early 1990s. Police arrested Clark Perry Baldwin, 58, at his home in Waterloo, Iowa, on...

In this Friday, May 1, 2020, photo, a worker leaves the Tyson Foods plant in Waterloo, Iowa. The coronavirus is devastating the nation’s meatpacking communities — places like Waterloo and Sioux City in Iowa, Grand Island, Neb., and Worthington, Minn. Within weeks, the outbreaks around slaughterhouses have turned into full-scale disasters. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Coronavirus cuts 'deep scars' through meatpacking cities

May. 5, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — As the coronavirus spread from the nation’s meatpacking plants to the broader communities where they are located, it burned through a modest duplex in Waterloo, Iowa. In the downstairs unit lived Jim Orvis, 65, a beloved friend and uncle who worked in the laundry department at...

Omar Martinez holds a photo of his father, Jose Gabriel Martinez, as he stands in front of their home, Saturday, April 25, 2020, in West Liberty, Iowa. Martinez's family had been living the American dream after immigrating from Mexico in the 1990s and settling in this small town in eastern Iowa, but their lives fell apart after coronavirus infections spread from his mother to his sister and his father. Now he is planning his father's funeral while hoping his sister recovers in a hospital intensive care unit. He is grateful his mother is better and appreciates the community's support. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Coronavirus sweeps through Iowa firefighter's family

Apr. 26, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — His mother first fell sick a month ago with an illness she believes she caught at the Iowa egg factory where she works. His younger sister, 22, was next — a new mother who was soon on a ventilator fighting for her life. Then the coronavirus came for his father, Jose Gabriel...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2017 file photo, actor and entrepreneur Ashton Kutcher appears at the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday, April 23, 2020 that the state's $26 million contract with Utah companies to increase coronavirus testing was developed after she got unsolicited advice from Iowa native Kutcher. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP File)

Iowa governor: Tip from Ashton Kutcher led to testing deal

Apr. 23, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s $26 million contract to increase coronavirus testing was reached after the governor acted on a tip from actor Ashton Kutcher, a revelation that increased skepticism about the no-bid deal on Thursday. Critics of Gov. Kim Reynolds said they were puzzled by the...

A Tyson Fresh Meats plant stands in Waterloo, Iowa, date not known. On Friday, April 17, 2020, more than a dozen Iowa elected officials asked Tyson to close the pork processing plant because of the spread of the coronavirus among its workforce of nearly 3,000 people. (Jeff Reinitz/The Courier via AP)

Tyson Foods idles largest pork plant as virus slams industry

Apr. 22, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Tyson Foods suspended operations Wednesday at an Iowa plant that is critical to the nation's pork supply but was blamed for fueling a massive coronavirus outbreak in the region. The Arkansas-based company said the closure of the plant in Waterloo would deny a vital market to hog...