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The state Department of Public Health has requested Iowans returning from several countries where the novel coronavirus is spreading to self-isolate for 14 days.

The department issued the request Tuesday that those returning from China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea voluntarily stay home and monitor for COVID 19 symptoms.

Caitlin Pedati is the state medical director.

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An Iowa law allowing people to use lethal force to defend themselves doesn’t apply to defendants who engaged in criminal activity prior to the perceived threat, the state Supreme Court ruled today.

The ruling reverses an Iowa Court of Appeals’ order in May issuing a new trial to Miguel Angel Lorenzo Baltazar, 21, of Des Moines. He is serving life in prison for the July 2017 shooting death of 23-year-old Jeffrey Mercado. Baltazar maintains he feared Mercado had a weapon and was acting in self-defense under the state’s Stand Your Ground law.

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Governor Kim Reynolds spoke this morning with the task force she’s assembled to come up with a series of criminal justice reforms, according to Radio Iowa.

Deluge Delays Crop Planting, Causes Hail In SE Nebraska, 5:04

May 28, 2019

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Strong thunderstorms that affected eastern Nebraska and western Iowa dumped heavy rain and, in southwest Omaha, piles of hail that temporarily stranded some motorists.

The Omaha World-Herald reported dozens of cars pulled off Interstate 80 with broken windshields. North Platte also received reports of baseball-sized hail.

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Water releases from Gavins Point Dam will be increased today and Wednesday because of heavy rainfall over a large portion of the Missouri River basin above Sioux City.

Rainfall in Nebraska, South Dakota and central North Dakota for the past seven days has been 200 percent to 600 percent of normal, leading to higher inflows to South Dakota reservoirs.  Increasing Gavins Point releases will allow more water to pass through the system and slow the rise at reservoirs upriver from Gavins Point, near Yankton, South Dakota.