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Northern Iowa set to take financial hit with Big Ten's conference-only decision

Northern Iowa set to take financial hit with Big Ten's conference-only decision

Des Moines RegisterJust hours after to help offset expected budget shortages caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Northern Iowa athletics appears to be taking another financial blow.As a result of amid the coronavirus pandemic, UNI football’s Sept. 5 season-opener at Iowa will not happen. The Panthers were set to receive $650,000 for playing that game. "We are extremely disappointed that the Big Ten has chosen to compete in conference only games this fall, UNI athletics director David Harris said in a release. "This will eliminate opportunities for several of our sports programs. The...

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Iowa sits out study showing minorities affected more by coronavirus in meatpacking plants

Iowa sits out study showing minorities affected more by coronavirus in meatpacking plants

From staff and news servicesA new report on the impact of the coronavirus on workers at meat processing plants has found that 87% of people infected were racial or ethnic minorities — but it also notes that the data was limited because some states, notably Iowa, declined to participate in the study.Released this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the study examined more than 16,000 COVID-19 cases at 239 plants in 21 states. As the nation's largest pork producer, Iowa has experienced some of the nation's severest coronavirus infection rates in towns and cities with...

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Court: Iowa officer who stomped on suspect’s ankle cannot be sued

Court: Iowa officer who stomped on suspect’s ankle cannot be sued

Associated PressDAVENPORT, Ia. — A Davenport police officer who stomped on the ankle of a suspect used unreasonable force but cannot be held liable for doing so, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.The 2015 stomp by officer Brian Stevens allegedly broke the ankle of suspect Juan Shelton, who was pinned down by five officers at the time.Shelton had been wanted for a man’s beating at a Davenport strip club, and led officers on a chase in which he was armed.Eventually, officers caught him after a foot chase and pinned him down. As he refused to surrender his hands, Shelton was put in a...

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Chuck Grassley will skip the Republican National Convention for the first time in 40 years, citing coronavirus

Chuck Grassley will skip the Republican National Convention for the first time in 40 years, citing coronavirus

Des Moines RegisterCiting concerns about the coronavirus, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said he will not attend this year's Republican National Convention, marking the first time he has sat out a convention since he was elected to the U.S. Senate 40 years ago."I’m not going to go. And I’m not going to go because of the virus situation," Grassley said Monday morning on a conference call with reporters.Grassley, 86, said he has attended every RNC since he was elected to the Senate in 1980. The conventions are held every four years to nominate the party's candidate for president. This year,...

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Dear Iowa: Listen to public health experts and put on a damn mask

Dear Iowa: Listen to public health experts and put on a damn mask

The Register's editorialYou’re on your own. That remains the message to states from President Donald Trump as the novel coronavirus spreads like wildfire across the country. From leaving states to find their own ventilators and protective equipment to not providing clear guidance to industries, the absence of federal leadership is stunning.That leaves Iowans looking to Gov. Kim Reynolds for direction as hundreds of us test positive each day and more than 700 have died.Her message: Take personal responsibility. She has refused to require face coverings for businesses, state-licensed workers,...

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says her driver who struck Black Lives Matter protester 'acted appropriately'

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says her driver who struck Black Lives Matter protester 'acted appropriately'

Des Moines RegisterGov. Kim Reynolds said a state trooper who was driving her from an event last week "acted appropriately" when he of the business she was leaving."I do feel like the driver acted appropriately," Reynolds said Tuesday at a news conference in Urbandale.She said she believes the protester, Jaylen Cavil, an organizer with Des Moines Black Lives Matter, "acted inappropriately" by stepping in front of her SUV as it was leaving the parking lot. Cavil was not injured by the collision."As we were leaving the vicinity, the individual sped up and stepped in front of the vehicle...

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West Des Moines set to become Iowa’s first Google Fiber city

West Des Moines set to become Iowa’s first Google Fiber city

Des Moines RegisterWest Des Moines plans to invest nearly $40 million in a partnership with Google Fiber to bring to the city the ultra-fast network that is available in only 18 other U.S. cities, officials announced Thursday.An agreement the West Des Moines City Council is expected to approve Monday names Google Fiber as the city’s first licensee for the network. Other providers are expected to be licensed later, creating what city officials envision as universal high-speed internet access with competitive prices.After launching in the Kansas City metro in 2012, Google Fiber has expanded...

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Got a pile of recycling in the garage? All stores expected to take returns again on July 26

Got a pile of recycling in the garage? All stores expected to take returns again on July 26

Des Moines RegisterA battle waged this year over the future of Iowa’s more than 40-year-old “bottle bill” ended in surrender last month.But all Jim Cahill wants to know is when he can take his cans and bottles to the grocery store again.Cahill, of Ankeny, has about 200 in the garage. He says they've been piling up since Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a public health emergency on March 17.The availability of can and bottle redemption centers at grocery stores has been hit and miss all over the state since that sweeping proclamation, which gave businesses the option of not taking those items during...

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Iowa Supreme Court sides with Iowa City tenant allergic to neighbor's support animal

Iowa Supreme Court sides with Iowa City tenant allergic to neighbor's support animal

Iowa City Press-CitizenAn Iowa Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday concluded a landlord will have to pay an Iowa City tenant damages of one month's rent after allowing another tenant to live with an emotional support dog despite the building's no-pets policy.The case was first dismissed in small claims court before a district court said the landlord shouldn't have allowed the second tenant to have the support animal. The district court also dismissed the case because the law was "not clear.""To be clear, our holding today is based on the specific facts of this case," Iowa Supreme Court Chief...

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Minor League Baseball season officially canceled in 2020

Minor League Baseball season officially canceled in 2020

Des Moines RegisterThere will be no Minor League Baseball in 2020. MiLB announced Tuesday that it was informed by Major League Baseball that it would not be providing affiliated teams with players for the 2020 season. As a result, there will not be a season. "These are unprecedented times for our country and our organization as this is the first time in our history that we've had a summer without Minor League Baseball played,"  MiLB president and CEO Pat O'Conner said in a statement announcing the move. "While this is a sad day for many, this announcement removes the uncertainty surrounding...

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Sen. Grassley said Fox News failed Trump with second-term agenda question, isn't working to get him reelected

Sen. Grassley said Fox News failed Trump with second-term agenda question, isn't working to get him reelected

USA TODAYWASHINGTON – Senator , R-Iowa, expressed frustration with last week's Fox News' town hall with President Donald Trump, saying the network wasn't working hard enough to get him reelected.Grassley told Capitol Hill reporters on Monday that all he wants is for Trump to be reelected."I would blame Fox more than I blame the president, because the president, it's easy for him to digress here and there, but Hannity — you assume Fox wants him to get reelected."More:Grassley took particular issue with Fox News host Sean Hannity, for not pressing Trump during the town hall to answer a...

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Doctors posting billboards urging Reynolds to embrace alternatives to coronavirus-plagued meatpacking industry

Doctors posting billboards urging Reynolds to embrace alternatives to coronavirus-plagued meatpacking industry

Des Moines RegisterA group of Iowa and U.S. doctors says it is placing billboards near the Iowa governor's mansion urging Gov. Kim Reynolds to respond to the coronavirus-related shutdowns of meat processing plants by turning to plant-based proteins.The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a group of 12,000 doctors, including 77 in Iowa, says the pandemic highlights problems with meat production: The coronavirus has spread throughout meatpacking plants in Iowa and the U.S., where workers stand shoulder-to-shoulder to process pigs, cattle and chickens.At the same time, the group...

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Motorcycle rally bringing 10,000 bikers to Algona will go on despite local leaders' request to call it off

Motorcycle rally bringing 10,000 bikers to Algona will go on despite local leaders' request to call it off

Des Moines RegisterDespite requests from local leaders to cancel because of the coronavirus pandemic, ABATE of Iowa plans to hold its annual motorcycle rally in north central Iowa — a beer and music free-for-all that typically attracts about 10,000 bikers over three days.It's the 19th year in for the Freedom Rally, held on a farm the group owns northeast of town. Organizers say the July 2-4 event is a big fundraiser for the nonprofit group, which supports biker safety and training.Gov. Kim Reynolds' , beginning June 10, made it possible for the group to hold the event, said David Duffy,...

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Noose found at Facebook Data Center construction site in Altoona

Noose found at Facebook Data Center construction site in Altoona

Des Moines RegisterThe Altoona Police Department launched a criminal investigation after a noose was found at the Facebook Data Center on Friday.A supervisor from Turner Construction — one of the companies working on construction at the Facebook Data Center — called police right before 6 a.m. on Friday after discovering the noose hanging from a Waldinger Plan Lock Box, a news release from the Altoona Police Department states.The noose was out of public view with no evidence suggesting an intended target, the news release adds."This disturbing offensive act will not be tolerated, and it’s...

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Iowa will not require students, teachers to wear face masks when school resumes

Iowa will not require students, teachers to wear face masks when school resumes

Des Moines RegisterJill Pennington Swanson is considering home-schooling her children this fall if students and teachers are not required to wear face coverings in the classroom.The Waukee mother of six said she is disappointed that Iowa is not taking more stringent safety precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus in schools. "It really just seems like business as usual," she said. Iowa education officials released guidelines Thursday that will allow schools to reopen to normal activities without requirements that students and teachers wear face coverings, undergo temperature checks...

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Reynolds signs law putting restrictions on secretary of state's power during elections

Reynolds signs law putting restrictions on secretary of state's power during elections

Des Moines RegisterGov. Kim Reynolds has signed into law new restrictions that will prevent Secretary of State Paul Pate from mailing ballot request forms to Iowans in November's election without first seeking approval from legislators. The law will also prohibit county election officials from decreasing the number of polling places by more than 35% during an election.The legislation was passed by state lawmakers after Pate and county election officials took similar steps before the primary because of the coronavirus pandemic. Leading up to the primary, Pate and . The primary , with nearly...

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Iowa's new Economic Recovery Advisory Board begins plotting state's rebound from coronavirus

Iowa's new Economic Recovery Advisory Board begins plotting state's rebound from coronavirus

Des Moines RegisterMembers of Iowa's newly formed economic recovery task force said they want to look at big ideas to help Iowa rebound from the coronavirus pandemic. The Governor's Economic Recovery Advisory Board — a group of business executives and industry leaders tasked with assessing the economic impact of coronavirus and recommending next steps for recovery and growth — held its first meeting Thursday as the state continues to show gradual signs of recovery. "I think it's going to be important for us to ... really start from a blank sheet of paper, and pretend as if we were just...

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No more meetings. No more stalling. Sign an executive order now, Gov. Reynolds

No more meetings. No more stalling. Sign an executive order now, Gov. Reynolds

The Register's editorialOn July 4, 2005, former Gov. Tom Vilsack signed an executive order restoring voting rights to felons.Interestingly, he says he doesn’t really remember the moment he signed it. What he does remember: the many, many letters he received afterward. They came not only from individuals whose rights had been restored, but from spouses and parents. They captured how appreciative people were “for the action and opportunity because it enabled their son or daughter or husband to feel whole again,” Vilsack told an editorial writer on Tuesday. “If you can’t participate in...

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Iowa police chief says Facebook post calling protesters 'road bumps' was 'a total accident'

Iowa police chief says Facebook post calling protesters 'road bumps' was 'a total accident'

Des Moines RegisterThe Sioux Rapids police chief said Tuesday that his Facebook post appearing to call Des Moines Black Lives Matter demonstrators "road bumps" was a "horrible mistake" and a "total accident." On Saturday, a man drove a pickup truck through a crowd of activists protesting and blocking an entryway outside a Des Moines Hy-Vee. Television station of the incident on Facebook on Sunday, where Tim Porter commented in all caps “hit the gas and hang on over the road bumps.” In a statement he gave to KCCI Tuesday, Porter said the comment was an accident."I was on another post working...

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Black Lives Matter marches from I-80 interchange to East Village before tensions escalate; 18 arrests made

Black Lives Matter marches from I-80 interchange to East Village before tensions escalate; 18 arrests made

Des Moines RegisterDes Moines Black Lives Matter teamed up with Iowa Freedom Riders — a group of activists based in and around Iowa City — for statewide action Monday, including blocking major interstates. Tensions escalated between protesters and police during a march through downtown Des Moines resulting in 18 arrests, 17 adults and one juvenile.Some protesters were pepper-sprayed, including someone who said she's 16-years-old. The evening began when Des Moines BLM activists marched toward Interstate Highway 80 where it merges with Interstate Highway 35 near Merle Hay Road, before...

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Ken Quinn, Simon Estes: We can seek healing through history and the stories of 'a man named George'

Ken Quinn, Simon Estes: We can seek healing through history and the stories of 'a man named George'

Kenneth Quinn and Simon EstesIowa View contributorsWe believe that Iowa is uniquely situated to help heal the intense pain being felt across America because of what happened in Minneapolis to a man with the first name of George.When that police officer, having completely subdued George Floyd and ignoring his desperate pleas for a breath of air, continued to brutally suffocate the life out of him, Mr. Floyd was suddenly transformed. As Ben Crump, the attorney for the Floyd family, so powerfully explained, George Floyd was changed from being a person accused of a petty crime into the...

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Why isn't Iowa State legend Jack Trice a better-known part of our national sports history?

Why isn't Iowa State legend Jack Trice a better-known part of our national sports history?

Des Moines RegisterAbsorb these words from Iowa State starting defensive back Greg Eisworth.“It’s an amazing honor to know that every time I step on that field, not only am I representing Iowa State and everything we stand for, but I’m representing someone who was courageous enough to fight for change — someone who has helped shape college athletics into what it is today, and given minorities the opportunity to do what they love.”The man he's talking about is Jack Trice, whose name is attached to Iowa State's football stadium. For Eisworth, who is scheduled to play his final collegiate...

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Iowa Poll: Donald Trump leads Joe Biden by 1 point in tight contest for president

Iowa Poll: Donald Trump leads Joe Biden by 1 point in tight contest for president

Des Moines Register© Copyright 2020, Des Moines Register and Tribune Co.Four years after Republican Donald Trump decisively won Iowa and the presidency, the state appears to be a toss-up as he seeks re-election this November, a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows.Trump carried Iowa by 9 percentage points in his 2016 contest against Democrat Hillary Clinton. But today, the Register’s Iowa Poll shows the president leading former Vice President Joe Biden by just 1 point — 44% to 43%.The poll of 674 likely voters was conducted June 7-10 by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines. Its margin of...

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Iowa Poll: Democrats preferred in three congressional districts, two by double digits

Iowa Poll: Democrats preferred in three congressional districts, two by double digits

Des Moines Register© Copyright 2020, Des Moines Register and Tribune Co.Likely voters in November want a Democrat as their U.S. House representative over a Republican in three of the state’s congressional districts, while Republicans appear to have solidified their hold on the 4th District, according to the June Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll.Statewide, likely voters prefer a Democrat over a Republican 47% to 42% — a reversal from when an Iowa Poll showed 49% support for Republicans and 42% for Democrats. Nearly all respondents who made a party choice are firm with their decisions,...

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Senate GOP declines to pass felon voting rights amendment, citing a belief that Reynolds may plan to sign an executive order

Senate GOP declines to pass felon voting rights amendment, citing a belief that Reynolds may plan to sign an executive order

Des Moines RegisterFor the second year in a row, Iowa Senate Republicans killed a proposed constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to felons, a key priority of Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. without the Senate passing the measure. Lawmakers' failure to act on the proposal comes as Black Lives Matter activists have immediately restoring voting rights to people with felony convictions once they have completed their sentences.Senate Republicans said they declined to act because they believe Reynolds plans to sign such an order."Over the last couple days, it appeared the governor...

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