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Iowa grad Matthew McDermott appointed to Iowa Supreme Court

Iowa Supreme Court Justices enter during the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Jan. 14.

Kayli Reese, Cops & Courts Editor

April 3, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed Matthew McDermott, who received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 2000, to the Iowa Supreme Court on Friday. McDermott, of West Des Moines, is filling the vacancy on the court that arose from Justice David Wiggins' retirement, according to a pre...

Parents help kids learn from home as school closures are extended

The Iowa City Community School District sign is seen on April 29, 2019.

Kelsey Harrell, News Reporter

April 2, 2020

Sharon DeGraw pulled her children — a fourth grader at Regina Elementary School and a seventh grader at Southeast Junior High School — out of school a few days before spring break began March 16. She wanted to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and anticipated schools closing. “It’s the f...

Gov. Kim Reynolds extends school closures, suspensions of nonessential businesses until April 30

Gov. Kim Reynolds gives the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

April 2, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced in a Thursday press conference that she will extend K-12 school closures until April 30, giving school districts the option to implement either voluntary or required continuous learning.  “I am not ordering schools to close for the remainder of the school year,” Re...

Essential abortions to remain legal in Iowa through COVID-19 pandemic

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Jan. 14.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

April 1, 2020

Abortion services deemed essential will continue in Iowa through April 16, according to an order issued Wednesday in Johnson County District Court. On March 26, Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a declaration suspending all nonessential or elective surgical procedures that require the use of personal prote...

Campaigns continue virtually through the COVID-19 pandemic

Iowa House candidate Christina Bohannon speaks during the kickoff event for her Iowa House bid at Big Grove on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Bohannon advocates for combating climate change, voices for education, and addressing gun violence.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

April 1, 2020

Christina Bohannan was in the midst of knocking doors for her campaign for Iowa’s 85th House District when schools and businesses began to close in response to the COVID-19 outbreak around March 17. “I had my list and I was going up and down knocking doors on different streets,” Bohannan...

Iowa governor says medical institute’s COVID-19 projection based on faulty assumptions

Kim Reynolds talks at Hy-Vee in Coralville during her 99 Counties tour on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

April 1, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds questioned the accuracy of COVID-19 projections from the Institute for Health Metrics in a press conference Wednesday, saying the forecast doesn’t take into account mitigation measures already taken in Iowa. The institute, based at the University of Washington, has projectio...

Iowa Democrats urge Reynolds to issue stay-at-home order

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during her first Condition of the State address in the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Jan. 9, 2018.

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

March 31, 2020

Two Democratic members of Iowa’s congressional delegation are urging Gov. Kim Reynolds to issue a stay-at-home order, citing rising deaths and cases of COVID-19 in the state. Reynolds has taken several measures to shut down public establishments, including restaurants, bars, salons, tattoo shops, and...

Gov. Kim Reynolds assures protective measures in long-term care facilities, says there is progress in testing accessibility

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Jan. 14.

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

March 31, 2020

In a Tuesday press conference, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds assured Iowans that federal and state institutions have implemented health screening protocols in long-term care facilities, adding that hospitals and public health officials are able to test more people for COVID-19 each day. Long-term care ...

Iowa service industries reel as unemployment claims spike 

North Dubuque St. is seen on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020. The spread of coronavirus in Johnson county has been named a public health emergency.

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

March 29, 2020

Iowa may be one of the less densely-populated states in the U.S., but consequences from state efforts to contain and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus has taken a toll on some of the state’s largest industries. Iowa, along with the rest of the country, saw a massive increase in ne...

Iowa using several methods to obtain medical supplies amid national shortage

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Jan. 14.

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

March 25, 2020

As COVID-19 cases climb in Iowa, the state is using several avenues to obtain medical supplies and avoid overwhelming the health-care system, Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a press conference Wednesday.  State officials have largely withheld specific information on numbers of supplies on hand in the ...

Trump approves major-disaster declaration for Iowa

President Trump pauses during a speech at the Iowa GOP’s America First Dinner at the Ron Pearson Center in West Des Moines on June 11, 2019.

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

March 25, 2020

President Trump approved Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' request for a major disaster declaration for the state on Tuesday night, unlocking additional federal resources to help Iowa recover from COVID-19. The declaration opens up more federal funding for disaster relief to address the spread of COVID-1...

Governor says Iowa will not shelter in place at this time, no date set on local business reopenings

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Jan. 14.

Rin Swann, News Reporter

March 24, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and state public-health officials said Tuesday that the state will not implement shelter in place at this time, as a growing number of states have made the move to limit nonessential trips outside individuals' homes to contain the spread of COVID-19. “We do not believe ...