The Daily Iowan: Iowa candidates in competitive seats navigate campaigning during COVID-19

The Daily Iowan: Iowa candidates in competitive seats navigate campaigning during COVID-19. “Republican and Democratic candidates for the U.S. House and Senate in Iowa are navigating a new culture of campaigning in contentious races many election experts consider to be toss ups. These candidates, in races crucial to their party’s efforts to either hold or flip a seat, are pushing their messages through social media, Zoom rallies, and socially distanced events.”

Route Fifty: Parts of Iowa Still Reeling From Powerful Storms, as State Battles Rise in Coronavirus

Route Fifty: Parts of Iowa Still Reeling From Powerful Storms, as State Battles Rise in Coronavirus. “When a powerful line of thunderstorms with hurricane-force winds, known as a derecho, tore through a swath of Iowa on Aug. 10, Lance Lillibridge’s 1,500-acre farm was spared from the worst of the damage. But his neighbors two or three miles to the south were not as lucky. And even three weeks after the storm, the scene Lillibridge described in the area was grim one.”

Sioux City Journal: Jumpy Monkey Coffee among Iowa firms featured on new state website

Sioux City Journal: Jumpy Monkey Coffee among Iowa firms featured on new state website. “Shop Iowa showcases retailers who sell everything from apparel and accessories to arts and crafts, pet supplies and wedding items. Eligible small businesses have fewer than about 20 employees, or an annual gross income of less than $4 million. They also must be willing to receive and able to fulfill orders from customers through the Shop Iowa website, Ballard said. The website is free for small businesses to use through June 2021.”

AP: ‘Horrifying’ data glitch skews key Iowa coronavirus metrics

AP: ‘Horrifying’ data glitch skews key Iowa coronavirus metrics. “The glitch means the Iowa Department of Public Health has inadvertently been reporting fewer new infections and a smaller percentage of daily positive tests than is truly the case, according to Dana Jones, an Iowa City nurse practitioner who uncovered the problem. It’s particularly significant because school districts are relying on state data to determine whether they will offer in-person instruction when school resumes in the coming days and weeks.”

Salon: What’s the matter with Iowa? Gov. Kim Reynolds turns Hawkeye State into Trump’s petri dish

Salon: What’s the matter with Iowa? Gov. Kim Reynolds turns Hawkeye State into Trump’s petri dish. “On the same day that Iowa marked its highest number of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, after three weeks of rapid increase, Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds defended her refusal to pass a statewide mask requirement and issued a proclamation mandating that all public schools provide in-person classes within weeks.”

Des Moines Register: Iowa Public Health Department ousts spokesperson, who says she was seen as too open with reporters

Des Moines Register: Iowa Public Health Department ousts spokesperson, who says she was seen as too open with reporters. “A longtime spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Public Health said she was ousted Wednesday, and she believes it was partly because she was seen as too aggressive in sharing information with the media. Polly Carver-Kimm said that also may be why she was removed in March from the department’s team that is responding to the coronavirus pandemic. ”

Des Moines Register: If COVID-19 breaks out in an assisted living center, Iowans won’t be alerted

Des Moines Register: If COVID-19 breaks out in an assisted living center, Iowans won’t be alerted “Iowa has reported coronavirus outbreaks at 35 nursing homes, but the state health department would not alert the public if it learned of such an outbreak at an assisted living facility, the department’s deputy director said Thursday. Two advocates for tighter regulations on the industry said later Thursday that the state should notify the public of such outbreaks.”

KCRG: New website hopes to streamline small businesses efforts to stay open

KCRG: New website hopes to streamline small businesses efforts to stay open. “While [Adamn] Hadjis and many other restaurants struggle to adapt in these unprecedented times, Monica Vernon, the Executive Director of the Czech Village New Bohemia, is hoping to streamline people’s efforts with a new website “Loveyourlocaliowa. The website launches Monday and will allow businesses to show people what they are doing to stay open while also giving customers a chance to learn how to get in touch with them all in one place.” The formatting for the URL is a little messed up; I’m hoping that’ll be fixed.

NPR: Despite Election Security Fears, Iowa Caucuses Will Use New Smartphone App

NPR: Despite Election Security Fears, Iowa Caucuses Will Use New Smartphone App. “Iowa’s Democratic Party plans to use a new Internet-connected smartphone app to help calculate and transmit results during the state’s caucuses next month, Iowa Public Radio and NPR have confirmed. Party leaders say they decided to opt for that strategy fully aware of three years’ worth of warnings about Russia’s attack on the 2016 presidential election, in which cyberattacks played a central role.”

Oskaloosa Herald: Family photos connect Iowans to history

Oskaloosa Herald: Family photos connect Iowans to history. “[Bettina] Fabos discovered the original Fortepan photo archive in 2013 in Hungary, where she was a Fulbright scholar. The project began when a group of friends in Budapest rescued a discarded box of old photos and decided to post them online in 2010….Fabos brought the idea home to Iowa and created the world’s first Fortepan archive outside of Hungary. Others are in the works in Minnesota, as well as Denmark, Malta, Romania and India.”

Des Moines Register: Introducing a new tool to help you keep track of presidential candidates visiting Iowa

Des Moines Register: Introducing a new tool to help you keep track of presidential candidates visiting Iowa. “The Des Moines Register candidate tracker is the best way to stay up-to-date on the whereabouts of presidential contenders in Iowa. Starting today, the Register is releasing a new tool that will bring information from the candidate tracker to your Twitter feed, making it it easier than ever to keep up with the whirlwind 2020 caucus cycle.”

Iowa Public Radio: Where Are Iowa’s Private Wells? New Online Map Shares Location, Water Quality Data

Iowa Public Radio: Where Are Iowa’s Private Wells? New Online Map Shares Location, Water Quality Data. “Iowans now have a new way to find out about private drinking water wells in their area. A team of researchers at the University of Iowa has built an interactive online map for residents, engineers and well drillers to better access well location and water quality information.”

The Daily Iowan: Transgender Oral History Project celebrates and preserves trans history in Iowa

The Daily Iowan: Transgender Oral History Project celebrates and preserves trans history in Iowa. “An oral-history project can help preserve history of communities and serves as an important archive for those hoping to do research. A University of Iowa researcher hopes to create that kind of archive for the transgender community across the state with the Transgender Oral History Project of Iowa.”

State of Iowa: Governor Reynolds Launches “Ask the State of Iowa” with Google Home and Amazon Echo Skills

State of Iowa: Governor Reynolds Launches “Ask the State of Iowa” with Google Home and Amazon Echo Skills . “Governor Kim Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg, and Chief Information Officer Jeff Franklin announced today that Iowa is expanding its communication channels and services to include Google Home, Amazon Echo, and a chatbot. Iowans can now ask their smartphone or Google/Amazon digital assistant questions about state government events and services.”