DES MOINES — The White House’s task force on the nation’s COVID-19 pandemic response is asking Iowa to take cues from other states that have enacted more aggressive mitigation strategies, which the task force says have helped slow the virus’ spread.The latest task force report, dated last Sunday, says that “in states with aggressive mitigation, we are beginning to see the impact of that mitigation despite the cooling weather.”The report contrasts that with many areas of the country where “mitigation efforts are inadequate or too recently implemented to see a significant impact.”COVID-19 has been spreading exponentially in Iowa recently, leading to record cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

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  • Iowa ‘school choice’ bills moving quickly
    DES MOINES — Legislative Republicans pushed Gov. Kim Reynolds’ state-funded “students first” private school scholarship program closer Tuesday to floor debate during a week the governor proclaimed to celebrate and raise awareness about K-12 school choices. More
  • Ernst: Second Trump impeachment trial is not constitutional
    DES MOINES — Iowa U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst said Tuesday she does not believe the second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump is constitutional.A nonpartisan legal analysis from a Congressional research group concluded not only is the impeachment process of a former president constitutional, but some scholars have deemed it an “essential” option. More
  • Iowa lawmakers advance bill to eliminate tenure
    A bill to end tenure at Iowa’s public universities advanced out of an education subcommittee Tuesday, despite pushback from Board of Regents lobbyists and opposition from economic and industry associations — like those representing Iowa’s soybean, cattle, and pork producers. More
  • Iowa adds 786 coronavirus cases, four new deaths
    Iowa added 786 new, confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday, according to Iowa Department of Public Health data, bringing the state’s total to 314,066.The new cases come from 3,012 tests reported in the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m.The state also confirmed four new deaths due to the virus. More
  • Iowa community college enrollment drops, tuition swells
    IOWA CITY — Costs across Iowa’s 15 community college costs are rising, while total enrollment is falling — just like at their public and private higher education peers across the state. More


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