Mollie Tibbetts


New positive coronavirus cases in Iowa have jumped by the highest one-day increase since May as state health department data also reflects increasing hospitalizations and patients in intensive care.

Known positive cases jumped by 744 during a 24-hour period that ended this morning.  There were more than 33,800 positive cases this afternoon.   There were 19 additional cases in Woodbury County and 4 more in Dakota County.

Iowa Department of Public Health

Two northwest Iowa counties each report two more deaths due to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.  Two older women between the ages of 61 and 80 passed away in Woodbury County for a total of 41 people.  There were five new cases in Woodbury County for a total of 3,015.

Health officials with Buena Vista County say two more people have died due to complications of the virus for a total of eight.  Because of privacy laws and a small population, ages and genders will not be released.




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Former Vice President Joe Biden is holding his lead in national polling just days ahead of the Iowa caucuses, but Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is keeping the gap narrow.

Biden takes the top spot in the latest Quinnipiac University national poll with 26% support among Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters, up slightly from 25% in a Jan. 13 survey. 

Sanders rose to 21% in the latest tally, up from 19% two weeks ago and his highest tally so far in the poll.

Siouxland Public Media

A district court judge has rejected a request by former Gov. Terry Branstad’s lawyers to set aside a jury verdict that concluded Branstad discriminated against a former state official because he’s gay.

The ruling  rejects dozens of arguments, including challenges to legal rulings during trial and jury instructions.

Branstad’s attorneys asked the judge to set aside the July 15 jury verdict of $1.5 million awarded to former Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey.

OCTOBER 21, 2019

The governors of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota say they believe President Donald Trump still supports Midwest farmers. 

All three were in Siouxland for the Tri-State Governor Conference held in Dakota Dunes.

Some ethanol industry advocates are frustrated about a proposal the EPA released last week to account for lost demand for renewable fuels because of small refinery waivers. 

A new arson charge has been filed against a volunteer firefighter already facing trial in northwest Iowa.

Buena Vista County court records say 25-year-old Brent Mack is charged with arson and burglary.

His attorney declined to comment today.    

Mack is accused of setting a fire in September of 2017 that gutted three buildings in downtown Newell, where he lives.

OCTOBER 9, 2019
Siouxland Public Media

Journalist and award winning author Bob Woodward spoke about the American presidency last night when he gave the annual Morningside College Waitt Lecture.  

Woodward and Washington Post colleague Carl Bernstein investigated President Richard Nixon’s actions against his Democratic opponents and Nixon’s downfall. 

Speaking with local journalists before the speech, Woodward talked about possible parallels in the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.