Sunday, September 20, 2020

IOWA (IRN) – There were 901 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases from 10 a.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the state’s dashboard, which brings the state’s total number of cases to 79,128. The state is reporting six additional deaths, leaving the state’s death toll at 1,264.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll places Democratic candidate for Senate Theresa Greenfield in a slim lead ahead of Sen. Joni Ernst. The latest Iowa Poll, published Saturday, shows Greenfield leading Ernst by three percentage points in what the Des Moines Register calls one of the most competitive races in the country.

CHICAGO, IL (IRN) – The Big Ten Conference on Saturday released a fall football schedule after reversing course on a decision to postpone the season in August due to coronavirus concerns.The Iowa Hawkeyes will open their season at Purdue and finish the regular season hosting Wisconsin. So far, there will be no ticket sales to the general public. Only families of players on a school-by-school basis will be allowed.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa’s governor has issued a proclamation to honor the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to her office. Gov. Kim Reynolds issued the order saying that all state flags should be flown at half-staff on Saturday, September 19, until the time of Ginsburg’s internment. The long-serving U.S. Supreme Court justice died on Friday at age 87 after battling pancreatic cancer.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

IOWA (IRN) – There were 901 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases from 10 a.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the state’s dashboard, which brings the state’s total number of cases to 79,128. The state is reporting six additional deaths, leaving the state’s death toll at 1,264.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll places Democratic candidate for Senate Theresa Greenfield in a slim lead ahead of Sen. Joni Ernst. The latest Iowa Poll, published Saturday, shows Greenfield leading Ernst by three percentage points in what the Des Moines Register calls one of the most competitive races in the country.

CHICAGO, IL (IRN) – The Big Ten Conference on Saturday released a fall football schedule after reversing course on a decision to postpone the season in August due to coronavirus concerns.The Iowa Hawkeyes will open their season at Purdue and finish the regular season hosting Wisconsin. So far, there will be no ticket sales to the general public. Only families of players on a school-by-school basis will be allowed.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa’s governor has issued a proclamation to honor the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Gov. Kim Reynolds issued the order saying that all state flags should be flown at half-staff until the time of Ginsburg’s internment. The long-serving U.S. Supreme Court justice died on Friday at age 87 after battling pancreatic cancer.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

WEST DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – One person was taken to a central Iowa hospital after being shot by a West Des Moines police officer Friday night. No additional details have been released.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The federal government said Friday that it will give farmers an additional $14 billion to compensate them for the difficulties they have experienced selling their crops, milk and meat because of the coronavirus pandemic.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Gov. Kim Reynolds extended a public health disaster proclamation on Friday that closes bars in Story and Johnson counties and requires COVID-19 mitigation efforts across the state. Bars, taverns, wineries, breweries, distilleries and nightclubs continue to be closed in Johnson and Story counties until 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 27.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Four University of Iowa sororities have been sanctioned for not following the university’s student conduct agreement for COVID-19. Officials say the organizations are Alpha Phi, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, and Pi Beta Phi. The university’s student conduct pledge requires students to wear face coverings in all public areas and on university property. It also asks them to maintain six feet of distance from others when possible.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa’s unemployment rate was 6% for the month of August, a slight decline from July but still double the rate from the same time last year, according to new numbers released by Iowa Workforce Development Friday. The state’s unemployment numbers fare better than the country’s as a whole: the national unemployment rate was 8.4% for August.

Friday, September 18, 2020

IOWA (IRN) – A high school teacher in Iowa has been placed on leave for assigning students to “pretend you are a black slave.” The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the assignment for an online freshman class at Liberty High School in Iowa City asked students to write four sentences about what they would do if they were a slave who was freed.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – More than half of Iowa’s COVID-19 deaths are connected with long-term care facilities, and recent federal guidelines are calling for more routine testing to be done at those facilities. Governor Kim Reynolds’ office says Iowa won’t be able to comply due to lack of resources.

BENTON COUNTY, IA (IRN) – The Benton Community School District has lost two students in four days. On Sunday, 13-year-old Mahailah Cruzen was killed in an ATV accident. The driver of the ATV, a 14-year-old, is still in the hospital. On Wednesday, 16-year-old Mackenzie Kvam was killed in a collision with a school bus. Investigators say the van she was riding in dropped off the shoulder and over-corrected, hitting the bus head on. Five students on the bus suffered minor injuries.

IOWA (IRN) – There were 51 people killed in crashes on Iowa roads in the month of August, tied for the highest single-month total in the last decade. So far this year there have been 228 traffic fatalities in the state of Iowa.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – The University of Iowa says the Big Ten’s move to have a fall football season will not impact its decision to eliminate four sports programs. Athletic Director Gary Barta announced last month the elimination of men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and men’s gymnastics. He said the cuts were “100% driven by” the coronavirus pandemic, which caused the postponement of football for safety reasons and tens of millions in lost revenue.