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Iowa Auditor Rob Sands applauds decision to release meat packing plant positive covid test numbers

Iowa Auditor Rob Sands applauds decision to release meat packing plant positive covid test numbers

DES MOINES – This morning the State of Iowa confirmed the following statistics regarding COVID-19 outbreaks at several of Iowa’s meat packing facilities: -Tyson, Columbus Junction: 221 cases, 26% of…

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized with a gallbladder infection. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent non-surgical treatment for acute cholecystitis, a benign gallbladder condition, according to…

Indiana man’s crime spree comes to screeching halt in North Iowa

Indiana man’s crime spree comes to screeching halt in North Iowa

RURAL DICKINSON COUNTY, IOWA – An Indiana man’s crime spree came to a screeching halt in North Iowa and now he’s facing a number of felonies. On April 22, 2020…

Colorado man sent to prison for 6 years for calling Iowa bank repeatedly and threatening “Columbine” outcome

Colorado man sent to prison for 6 years for calling Iowa bank repeatedly and threatening “Columbine” outcome

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who repeatedly threatened a Cedar Rapids bank, its employees, and other individuals from northern Iowa by telephone and text messages was sentenced today to six…

California Senator Feinstein praises Canada for banning assault weapons, touts similar outcome for America

California Senator Feinstein praises Canada for banning assault weapons, touts similar outcome for America

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after Canada imposed a ban on military-style assault weapons: “Canada made the right decision…

534 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 4 additional deaths confirmed

534 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 4 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 534 additional positive cases for a total of 9,703 positive cases. There have been an…

U.S. Department of Labor announces all 50 states paying Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits

U.S. Department of Labor announces all 50 states paying Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation’s (FPUC) weekly unemployment compensation boost is now being paid to eligible individuals in all…

Another person shot in Cedar Rapids this weekend

Another person shot in Cedar Rapids this weekend

CEDAR RAPIDS – Police say another person was shot in Cedar Rapids this weekend, this time a targeted shooting of a driver. On Saturday, May 2 at 2:49 p.m. the…

757 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 5 additional deaths confirmed

757 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 5 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 757 additional positive cases for a total of 8,641 positive cases. There have been an…

Pregnant Iowa woman murdered in Cedar Rapids; suspect in custody

Pregnant Iowa woman murdered in Cedar Rapids; suspect in custody

CEDAR RAPIDS – A pregnant Iowa woman was murdered in Cedar Rapids and a suspect is in custody, police say. The Cedar Rapids Police Department received a report of shots…

Northern Iowa teen allegedly lured to apartment by Facebook friend, then man locks her up and molests her, sheriff says

Northern Iowa teen allegedly lured to apartment by Facebook friend, then man locks her up and molests her, sheriff says

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Minnesota joins Iowa in accepting SNAP benefits online

Minnesota joins Iowa in accepting SNAP benefits online

WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced approval of a request from Minnesota to provide online purchasing of food to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households. This…

Alliant’s Golden Plains Wind Farm is now fully operational

Alliant’s Golden Plains Wind Farm is now fully operational

CEDAR RAPIDS – Alliant Energy and EDF Renewables announced that the 200 megawatt (MW) Golden Plains Wind Project achieved commercial operation on March 27 and is now delivering cost-effective, clean…

Iowa meth-maker who skipped out on halfway house sent back to federal prison

Iowa meth-maker who skipped out on halfway house sent back to federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A woman who escaped from federal custody was sentenced on April 15, 2020, to more than four months in federal prison. Aleania Clendineng, age 35, from Cedar…

Two men detained and then released after deputy spots suspicious car loaded with drug paraphernalia and a gun

Two men detained and then released after deputy spots suspicious car loaded with drug paraphernalia and a gun

EARLY, IOWA – Two men were detained and then released after a Northern Iowa deputy spotted a suspicious car that proved to be loaded with drug paraphernalia and a gun.…

302 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 14 additional deaths confirmed

302 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 14 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 302 additional positive cases for a total of 7,145 positive cases. There have been an…

Inmate tests positive for COVID-19 at Clarinda Correctional Facility

Inmate tests positive for COVID-19 at Clarinda Correctional Facility

CLARINDA – Earlier today, the Clarinda Correctional Facility (CCF) was notified that an inmate has tested positive for COVID-19. The inmate is an adult (between the ages of 18 and…

Victims of sexual harassment in housing in Iowa encouraged to report wrongdoing

Victims of sexual harassment in housing in Iowa encouraged to report wrongdoing

CEDAR RAPIDS – This week, Peter E. Deegan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, announced that he will be using all available tools to combat sexual…

Former chief of Honduran National Police charged with drug trafficking and weapons offenses

Former chief of Honduran National Police charged with drug trafficking and weapons offenses

NEW YORK – DEA Special Operations Division Special Agent in Charge Wendy Woolcock and United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey S. Berman announced today that…

Last member of Iowa meth ring that tried to kill suspected government informant sent to federal prison

Last member of Iowa meth ring that tried to kill suspected government informant sent to federal prison

SIOUX CITY – Zachary Moorhouse, age 37, from Sioux City, Iowa, the final member of a methamphetamine drug trafficking organization that attempted to murder a suspected government witness to protect…

Iowa prison inmate Timothy Douglas dies

Iowa prison inmate Timothy Douglas dies

IOWA CITY – Iowa prison inmate Timothy Leroy Douglas was pronounced dead due to natural causes at 5:17 p.m. yesterday at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He passed away from a…

Two dead, five hurt in Iowa auto crash

Two dead, five hurt in Iowa auto crash

JAMAICA, IOWA – Two people are dead and five hurt in an Iowa auto crash Tuesday, authorities say. At approximately 11:35 AM Tuesday, April 28, the Iowa State Patrol reports,…

Winnebago Industries to resume operations as scheduled in May

Winnebago Industries to resume operations as scheduled in May

FOREST CITY, IOWA, – Winnebago Industries, Inc. today (April 29, 2020) provided the following business update on actions the Company is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Manufacturing Operations…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation re-opening many restaurants, fitness centers, malls, libraries, retail, race tracks and more in Iowa

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation re-opening many restaurants, fitness centers, malls, libraries, retail, race tracks and more in Iowa

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration until May 27, 2020. The proclamation loosens social distancing measures in 77 Iowa…

349 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 9 additional deaths confirmed

349 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 9 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 349 additional positive cases for a total of 5,868 positive cases. There have been an…

State Department explains President Trump’s directive to “shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats” if they harass American vessels

State Department explains President Trump’s directive to “shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats” if they harass American vessels

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump made headlines this week when he proclaimed he has “instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats…

Waterloo man under influence of marijuana wax and looking to scare someone with loaded gun sent to prison

Waterloo man under influence of marijuana wax and looking to scare someone with loaded gun sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Cedar Rapids man who possessed a firearm while being a user of marijuana was sentenced March 11, 2020, to three years in federal prison. Quincy Dionta…

Iowa crack dealer sent to federal prison for nearly five years

Iowa crack dealer sent to federal prison for nearly five years

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who distributed crack cocaine while on parole was sentenced on April 17, 2020, to more than four years in federal prison. Kelshawn Markell Marshall, age…

USA: “Iran’s Space Program is Dangerous, Not Peaceful”

USA: “Iran’s Space Program is Dangerous, Not Peaceful”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A top U.S. diplomat is warning that Iran’s space program is dangerous, not peaceful, after launch of “military satellite.” According to a statement today form Michael R.…

648 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 5 additional deaths confirmed

648 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 5 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Saturday, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 648 additional positive cases for a total of 5,092 positive cases. There have been an…

521 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 11 additional deaths confirmed

521 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 11 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Friday, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 521 additional positive cases for a total of 4,445 positive cases. There have been an…

Lysol maker dutifully dismisses Trump speculation of injecting disinfectant into human body to battle coronavirus

Lysol maker dutifully dismisses Trump speculation of injecting disinfectant into human body to battle coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump raised the idea that humans might be well-served injecting a disinfectant into their bodies to defeat the nasty coronavirus, but the maker of a…

176 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 6 additional deaths confirmed

176 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 6 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 176 additional positive cases for a total of 3,924 positive cases. There have been an…

USDA increases monthly SNAP benefits by 40%, prompted by COVID-19

USDA increases monthly SNAP benefits by 40%, prompted by COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced emergency benefit increases have reached $2.0 billion per month for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households across all…

Iowa Department of Corrections expands COVID-19 Testing; 10 additional tests results are positive

Iowa Department of Corrections expands COVID-19 Testing; 10 additional tests results are positive

CORALVILLE – This week, the Iowa Department of Corrections, in cooperation with the Iowa Dept. of Public Health, began implementing expanded investigatory testing at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center…

Tyson Foods to indefinitely suspend Waterloo plant operations

Tyson Foods to indefinitely suspend Waterloo plant operations

WATERLOO – Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, plans to indefinitely suspend operations at its Waterloo, Iowa, pork plant this week. The facility, the company’s…

107 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 7 additional deaths confirmed

107 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 7 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 107 additional positive cases for a total of 3,748 positive cases. There have been an…

Illegal alien working in Iowa under stolen name and social security number sent to prison

Illegal alien working in Iowa under stolen name and social security number sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who used a false identification document and someone else’s name and social security number was sentenced today to three months in federal prison. Esgar Ramos-Lopez,…

482 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 4 additional deaths confirmed

482 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 4 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 482 additional positive cases for a total of 3,641 positive cases. There have been an…

Welfare check on travel trailer in Iowa leads to discovery of three deceased persons and dogs

Welfare check on travel trailer in Iowa leads to discovery of three deceased persons and dogs

COLLINS, IOWA – Law enforcement conducted a welfare check on a travel trailer in a rural Iowa community, leading to the discovery of three deceased persons and three dogs inside.…