Friday, June 26, 2020

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Data from the Iowa Department of Public Health shows an increase in positive coronavirus cases as the state set a new record for testing Thursday. On Friday, IDPH reported 493 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths. That brings the statewide total to 27,555 positive cases and 701 deaths.

OTTUMWA, IA (IRN) – Four young children saved their 2-year-old sister by telling authorities about abuse going on in their home in Ottumwa. KCCI-TV reports Ashley Lindley-Moser, 28, and her boyfriend Donald Graham are both charged with child endangerment causing bodily injury. Graham allegedly physically assaulted the 2-year-old with “unreasonable force” and “cruelty.” Police said their mother made up an excuse for the injuries, but the four children spoke up with the truth.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – The families of three workers who died after contracting coronavirus in a Marshalltown meat plant outbreak are suing Tyson Foods and its top executives, saying the company knowingly put employees at risk and lied to keep them on the job. The lawsuit alleges that Tyson officials were aware the virus was spreading at the plant by late March or early April but kept that information from employees. The lawsuit alleges the company failed to implement safety measures, allowed sick employees to remain on the production line, and falsely assured workers and the public that the plant was safe.

IOWA (IRN) – A return to summer warmth and humidity is expected today lasting into next week. Increased moisture will lead to near daily chances for rain, and we may get strong thunderstorms.

NEWTON, IA (IRN) – Want to go to a movie and still socially isolate? Valle Drive-In, the only drive-in movie theater in central Iowa, opens tonight. It’s a double feature; Zootopia and The Greatest Showman.