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‘Iowans are meant to work’: Gov. Reynolds discusses her decision to ease COVID-19 restrictions, as another 534 cases are reported

Gov. Kim Reynolds started her press conference on Monday by praising her administration’s efforts to deal with the impact of COVID-19 in the state. “You may not be aware of this, but this week is Public Service Recognition Week,” the governor pointed out before giving a glowing assessment of the work of various state agencies. […]

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Unemployment claims in Iowa grow again, as businesses in 77 counties prepare to reopen and workers face important choices

The number of Iowans filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits grew slightly during the most recent reporting period, according to new numbers released by Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) on Thursday morning. A total of 28,827 first-time claims were filed in the week ending April 25. That’s 925 more first-time claims than were filed during the […]

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Trump uses Defense Production Act to shield meat processing plants from COVID-19 liability

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday evening invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA) to order all beef, pork, poultry and egg processing plants in the country to remain open and continue working. The executive order said the recent closures of meat processing plants following outbreaks of COVID-19 “threaten the continued functioning of […]

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Everyone from scientists to faith leaders speak out against plans to reopen Iowa, as research and new outbreaks come to light

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ press conference on Tuesday began on a grim note, as the governor announced another 508 Iowans had tested positive for COVID-19. The number, however, could have been worse. On Monday afternoon, Black Hawk County Health Director Nafissa Cisse Egbuonye said 1,346 of the county’s residents have now tested positive for the virus. […]

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Republicans in the Iowa legislature praise Reynolds’ decision to reopen businesses, announce lawmakers aren’t going back to work

On Monday afternoon, the Republican leaders of the Iowa legislature issued statements praising Gov. Kim Reynolds’ new proclamation partially reopening businesses in 77 counties and churches statewide. They also announced the Iowa legislature will continue to remain in recess to protect lawmakers and their staffs from COVID-19. “I appreciate the governor’s leadership through this public […]

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