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Tyson asks U.S. Supreme Court to shield it from COVID-19 lawsuits in Iowa courts

Faced with court rulings that say a Trump administration directive doesn’t protect Tyson Foods from liability caused by workers’ deaths due to COVID-19, the food giant is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the matter. Arguing […]

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Iowa Department of Public Health understated extent of COVID-19 outbreak at Columbus Junction Tyson plant

On May 5, almost a month after an outbreak of COVID-19 forced the Tyson meat processing plant in Columbus Junction to temporarily close, the Iowa Department of Public Health finally announced how many workers at the plant had tested positive. […]

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Gov. Reynolds won’t ‘second guess’ Tyson’s decision to penalize workers for missing shifts due to illness, as another 694 cases of COVID-19 are reported in Iowa

Gov. Kim Reynolds focused on defending Test Iowa from critics during her prepared remarks at her press conference on Thursday. “Test Iowa is now generating more tests than any other testing option in Iowa,” she said. “While we have not yet hit our capacity of 3,000 tests in one day, I’m proud that we’re getting close. Our highest daily total to date is 2,356 tests.” […]

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The Iowa Legislature reconvenes, will consider protecting businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits

On Wednesday, the Iowa Legislature reconvened for the first time since March 16, when it went into emergency recess in response to the spread of COVID-19 in the state. And issues related to the virus will loom large in the coming weeks. […]

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‘Only you know what’s best for you and your family’: Individuals, business owners given reins as Iowa’s cases near 15,000

“We continue to trend in the right direction, further validating that the time is right to move into the recovery phase and begin reopening Iowa,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said at her press conference on Monday. The governor did not mention […]

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Where Reynolds sees ‘some positive trends’ in Iowa’s COVID-19 data, the Black Hawk County sheriff sees ‘failures of corporate greed and governmental ignorance’

At her press conference on Monday, Gov. Kim Reynolds said she would announce further relaxations of the state’s remaining COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday. But the governor started her Tuesday press conference by saying that announcement would now be made on […]

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Vice President Pence says Iowans are ‘blessed’ to have Kim Reynolds as governor, praises meat processing plants during visit to Iowa

“The people of Iowa have been blessed by the leadership of Gov. Kim Reynolds,” Vice President Mike Pence said during his visit to the state on Friday. Pence was speaking to a group of religious leaders at Westkirk Presbyterian Church […]

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Iowa has its second record-setting day in a row, as 757 new cases of COVID-19 are reported

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported on Saturday that another 757 Iowans have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 8,641. The new number breaks the record for the number of […]

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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 […]

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Tyson finally closes Waterloo plant, while Reynolds fields questions about the no-bid contract behind Test Iowa

Gov. Kim Reynolds struck a very optimistic note near the end of her press conference on Wednesday. “Every day we’re making significant advances in addressing COVID-19 to the point where we’re going to start talking about how we can open […]

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Focused on reopening the state, Reynolds appeals to Iowa celebrities, public to take the ‘#TestIowaChallenge’

During another recording-setting day, in which the Iowa Department of Public Health reported another 482 Iowans had tested positive for COVID-19, Gov. Kim Reynolds focused on how to “reopen” the state at her press conference on Tuesday. “As Iowa and […]

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