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Test Iowa site in Cedar Rapids reopens

The Test Iowa site in Cedar Rapids reopened Wednesday afternoon, after temporarily closing due to damage from Monday’s derecho. Sites in Davenport and Marshalltown that closed because of the storm have also reopened for testing. The three sites had limited hours on Wednesday but will return to regular hours — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. […]

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Local officials declare State of Emergency as more than 100,000 Linn County residents remain without power

Linn County residents continue to feel the impact of the derecho that moved through the state on Monday. The Linn County Board of Supervisors declared a State of Emergency for the county during its Wednesday meeting. Shortly after, Marion Mayor Nick Abou-Assaly announced a State of Emergency in Marion. Marion’s State of Emergency declaration is […]

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Tens of thousands of locals still without power as derecho clean-up efforts continue in eastern Iowa

Clean up continues throughout the area following Monday’s derecho. Almost 13,000 MidAmerican Energy customers in Johnson County, including 8,825 in Iowa City, were still without power on Wednesday morning, according to the company’s outage page. Alliant Energy reports 85,048 Linn County customers without power, and 3,967 in Johnson County. Linn County REC, another regional energy […]

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Gov. Reynolds: School district ‘did exactly what they needed to do’ by moving first-grade class online after positive COVID-19 test

Gov. Kim Reynolds had planned to have the superintendent of the Indianola Community School District speak at her press conference on Tuesday, so he could explain what the district has done since its Irving Elementary School confirmed a case of COVID-19 four days after starting classes, but postponed the superintendent’s appearance to have more time […]

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COVID-19: School districts push back against Gov. Reynolds’ reopening plans; three more deaths reported in Johnson County

Saturday, Aug. 8 marks five months since the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Iowa, and on Friday Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office published an open letter from the governor about the pandemic, in which she said “we’re all working toward the same goal.” “Now is not the time to let our guard down,” Reynolds […]

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