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INDEPENDENCE — The point racing season at Independence Motor Speedway is scheduled to begin May 9 following Gov. Kim Reynolds declaration on Monday that race tracks must be closed until Thursday, April 30, as part of COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

As we adjust our daily schedules to the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are suffering from acute boredom.

I have been playing a lot of Dr. Mario lately. My pinnacle achievement has been clearing level 15 at medium speed. So, I feel as fully qualified as the yahoos on TV and the radio to pontificate about the coronavirus pandemic. I can also use big words to sound knowledgeable. I might even spel…

University of Minnesota All-American pitcher Amber Fiser adjusted her camera before a scheduled conference call with the media. Wearing a Golden Gopher sweatshirt and with her hair up, the former Benton Bobcat looked right at home for her interview. In fact, the 2019 Big Ten Pitcher of the Y…

Art Walk organizers have announced late Monday that Waverly Art Walk is cancelled this year due to concerns of COVID-19.

Businesses, government, and community organizations are operating under a new set of rules because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a list of what we have confirmed is open and what adjustments have been made. Customers are encouraged to call ahead. There likely are businesses not listed th…

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds reported on Tuesday that the number of cases of COVID-19 has surpassed the 1,000 mark, but says the current hospitals have plenty of room.

The first COVID-19 related death in Benton County was announced by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday as 102 new cases, the most in a single day in Iowa, were announced to bring the total cases reported in the state to 1,048.

The number of cases of COVID-19 in Fayette County remains at three, although one more Northeast Iowa resident tested positive, an 18- to 40-year-old in Chickasaw County, Iowa health officials said Monday.

A 2005 Oelwein graduate and currently Chief Petty Officer Lisa Stamp is aboard the USS Franklin Roosevelt in the Atlantic Ocean.

National Updates

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(The Center Square) – President Donald Trump on Tuesday thanked the American people for helping stop the spread of COVID-1 as he expressed the country's support for New York and New Jersey, where the pandemic is hitting the hardest.

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(The Center Square) – Taking heart from reports of a possible easing of the worst of the coronavirus crisis in some of the hardest hit states, President Donald Trump on Monday gave credit to the American people for following social distancing guidelines that might have made a difference.

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Former emergency room nurse Molly Lixey made a video to demonstrate how easy it is to cross-contaminate while you wear gloves.

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Intensive care doctor Julie John shares emotional message to her kids just in case she died. Dr.John is getting better, but will be under quarantine for another 7-14 days.

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Leading scientists tell CNN that it's possible the virus didn't just come from bats in the past months, but that it may have existed in humans many months or even years before it grew into a d…

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Jay-Z and Meek Mill's criminal justice reform organization 'The Reform Alliance' is sending 100,000 masks to correctional facilities across the country.

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Morning news briefing from CNN on Monday, April 6.

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Jason Garcia, a California man who was diagnosed with coronavirus and recovered, has donated his plasma to try to help others fighting the disease. CNN's Paul Vercammen reports.

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Field hospital set up at the Boston Convention Center

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(The Center Square) – President Donald Trump took a solemn tone Saturday when addressing the nation during his daily press briefing on the novel coronavirus.

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(The Center Square) – The Centers for Disease Control is now recommending Americans wear cloth masks when leaving their homes to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, President Donald Trump said Friday.

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Holland America Line said four guests have died while on its Zaandam cruise ship as it heads towards a port in Florida. Over a dozen other ships are still at sea.

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(The Center Square) – President Donald Trump said Tuesday that a surge is coming in the spread of the novel coronavirus that has infected more than 160,000 Americans and killed more than 3,700, but urged everyone to follow federal guidelines so the country can end the pandemic.