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Grants coming for workers impacted by derecho

DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday announced up to $3 million in federal disaster recovery funding that will be used to create employment opportunities and provide humanitarian assistance in communities impacted by the Aug. 10 derecho storms. An initial award of $1 million will create disaster-relief jobs to address debris cleanup and the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those affected by the storms.


Armed man dressed in fake bulletproof vest arrested on burglary, other charges

A Cedar Rapids man who was arrested last week during a traffic stop for allegedly driving a stolen vehicle, was arrested again Friday after officers found drugs and a concealed firearm in his possession. According to the Cedar Rapids Police Department, officers stopped an individual on a bicycle just before 12:30 a.m. Friday near A Avenue and Fifth Street NE.


Iowa sets new daily record adding 2,617 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours

More than 2,600 Iowans tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, a new statewide record-high for the number of positive tests in a 24-hour period. According to data from the Iowa Department of public health, the state reported 2,617 new cases as of 11 a.m. Friday, surpassing the state’s previous 24-hour record of 2,579 which was recorded on Aug. 27.


Iowa City-based MidwestOne reports net loss for third quarter after goodwill write-down

Iowa City-based MidWestOne Financial Group, the holding company for MidWestOne Bank, reported a net loss of $19.8 million for the third quarter ending Sept. 30 after having to make a goodwill write-down.Without that write-down, the bank would’ve reported an $11.7 million profit.


Local officials plead with public to follow COVID-19 safety measures as cases rise

Local officials once again are warning the public that hospitals will be overwhelmed and Iowans will suffer health consequences unless individuals follow public health guidelines.


Inmates at 2 Iowa prisons to be tested for virus

DES MOINES — Mass testing is being arranged for the inmates and staff at state prisons in Anamosa and Mitchellville after coronavirus cases at the two facilities were confirmed.


Trial starts next week for architect accused of covertly taping employee pumping breast milk

IOWA CITY — The trial for an Iowa City architect accused of secretly videotaping an employee pumping breast milk will start Tuesday, barring any coronavirus issues.


Joe Biden returns to Iowa, pledges to be a president for all Americans

DES MOINES — A regular visitor to Iowa during the months preceding the February presidential caucuses, Joe Biden made Democrats here wait until almost the final moment of the 2020 campaign to see him again.


Cedar Rapids man accused of carrying AR-15 during June protest in Iowa City

DAVENPORT — A 20-year-old Cedar Rapids man was indicted this week by a federal grand jury for possessing and brandishing an AR-15 assault rifle during a June protest in Iowa City.


Can’t remember your last eye exam?

Think you don’t need a regular eye exam? You may need to take a fresh look at how often you see an eye doctor, An eye exam can detect changes that affect your vision and eye health — and your overall health.


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