DSM Register Reporter Not Guilty; April "big month" for vaccinations

Mar 10, 2021

Andrea Suhouri's press badge, courtesy NPR

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A Polk County jury has found Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri not guilty of violating police orders during a racial justice protest last summer. Sahouri testified that she was pepper-sprayed and arrested at the protest near Merle Hay Mall in Des Moines, as she was trying to move away from police who were using tear gas to break up a crowd.

In his closing statement, defense attorney Nick Klinefeldt told the jury Sahouri was at the protest to cover it for the Register, not to break the law.

Sahouri’s then-boyfriend Spenser Robnett was also on trial, was found not guilty as well.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said she expects at least one million Iowans will have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the week.

During the governor’s weekly news conference Wednesday, Reynolds said more than 952,000 doses had been administered in the state, meaning 27% of Iowa’s population had received at least one dose. She said 13% of Iowans are fully vaccinated.

Iowa received 25,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine last week, Reynolds said she was not sure when more doses would be available. She said the supply of that vaccine will be limited for weeks or months.

Still, the governor said she was optimistic that April would be a "big month" for  

The Iowa Department of Public Health today was reporting 27 additional COVID-19 deaths and an additional 800 confirmed cases.  The state had a 14-day positivity rate.