Saturday, June 27, 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.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Education announced Friday it will provide “additional information” and “further clarification” to its guidance for reopening schools after facing public backlash over its recommendations. The Iowa Department of Education released guidance Thursday that will allow schools to reopen to normal activities on July 1 without requirements that students and teachers undergo health screenings, wear face masks or observe social distancing in schools. Parents, students, and staff objected.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed into law a bill that limits the Secretary of State’s ability to send absentee ballot requests to all registered voters. Senate Republicans pushed the measure through the legislature barely a week after a huge primary turnout, as Secretary of State Paul Pate sent ballot requests to all voters because of concerns in-person voting could be dangerous during the coronavirus pandemic.

MARION, IA (IRN) – A house in eastern Iowa was spray-painted with racial slurs. The Marion Police Department said the family found the vandalism Friday morning. Neighbors power-washed off the graffiti on the garage, house and truck. The family has no idea why this happened in their quiet neighborhood. The FBI is investigating.