Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 1:40 am CDT | State News
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A growing number of school districts in the United States are using federal pandemic funding for athletic projects. One school district in Iowa is spending $ 100,000 on renovating a weight room, while another in Wisconsin is spending $ 1.6 million on new artificial turf pitches. School officials argue that the projects support students’ physical and mental health, but critics tell The Associated Press the spending collides with the intention of pandemic relief. Education experts say funding should be spent on tutoring and other costs to help students recover from learning loss. Some critics accuse federal and state officials of failing to ensure that the money is put to good use.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa public health officials reported 91 more deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the state’s total to more than 6,600. Of those deaths reported on Wednesday, two were over early in the year and the remaining 89 were dead since early August. Iowa has now recorded 6,654 deaths and its death rate since the pandemic began last year ranks 25th in the country. Iowa has a seven-day moving average of 1,411 cases per day with 626 people hospitalized, including 141 in intensive care. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the 99 counties continue to be in the high spread rate category. The state has reported more than 9,000 new positive tests in the past week, 23% of which are children.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts joined eight other Republican governors on the US-Mexico border in criticizing Democratic President Joe Biden’s handling of immigration issues . Governors called on Biden to take a number of measures, including building a border wall backed by former Republican President Donald Trump, forcing asylum seekers to stay in Mexico instead of being allowed into the United States and prohibiting the entry of anyone who potentially poses a health risk. Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Ross Wilburn said in a statement that Reynolds’ trip to the border was nothing more “than a political coup and a distraction from his failed leadership.” Reynolds replied that Biden “overturned all policies that worked.”
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Des Moines police said an officer shot a knife-wielding woman who walked towards him and refused an order to drop the blade. Police said in a press release that the shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in a business district west of the city center after a man called 911 to report that a woman tried to stab him as he walked down the 1400 block of Walnut Street. The officer who arrived to help reported that the woman had come over to him while ignoring his orders to drop the knife, causing him to shoot him. She was taken to hospital, where she was being treated for her injuries. The police did not disclose his name or state of health.
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