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Vaccine History Now Hidden; Dry Conditions Continue

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News 304 06.09.21

Iowans will no longer be able to use a state website to check their own vaccination histories or those of their children. The change comes amid national controversy over whether employers should be able to require workers to get a coronavirus vaccine and a state law banning use or government issuance of "vaccine passports, according to the Des Moines Register. 

The Iowa Department of Public Health is limiting public access to the website, partly because of concerns that employers could surreptitiously use it to see if their workers have been vaccinated, say department spokeswoman Sarah Ekstrand.  Hospitals, clinics and pharmacies have long been required to record vaccinations on the Iowa Immunization Registry Information System.

One of the men accused of killing two Iowa prison workers is slated to go on trial later this month. Thomas Woodard’s trial will begin in Linn County on June 22nd, after the parties agreed to a change of venue. Woodard and Michael Ducher were both inmates at the Anamosa State Penitentiary in Jones County when they allegedly killeda nurse and a correctional officer during an escape attempt.

Drought conditions are expected to expand and worsen across Iowa when the new map is released tomorrow from the U.S. Drought Monitor. The continued hot, dry weather is being reflected in runoff predictions for the Missouri River.

Clay County voters yesterday overwhelmingly rejected a $41 million bond issue to pay for construction of a new courthouse, jail and law enforcement center.

According to unofficial results, the measure failed by a 2-1 margin, with 1,544 county residents voting against it and 766 voting for it. A simple majority was needed for the bond issue to pass. The county was seeking to build a new government complex in Vermillion. Supporters said the current courthouse, built in 1912, is outdated and in need of costly repairs, and the 20-bed jail does not meet state and federal codes. 
Opponents of the measure want to see the historic courthouse preserved

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