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Past articles by Sarah:

What we know | Timeline of Rachel Reuter death investigation, suspect charged with murder

Court documents detail the investigation timeline of when, where and how a Mount Ayr, Iowa man killed a 30-year-old woman from Cassville, Wisconsin. → Read More

Iowa lawmakers back at statehouse Thursday to consider second set of redistricting maps

Senate Republicans voted down the first draft of maps earlier in October. → Read More

DMPS teacher fired after refusing to wear a mask, district confirms

A spokesman with the Des Moines Public School District said one staff member refused to comply with the district's mask mandate and was subsequently let go. → Read More

Gov. Reynolds traveling to Texas-Mexico border Wednesday

This will be Reynolds' first trip to the southern border as Governor of Iowa. → Read More

Biden administration calls Iowa's ban on school mask mandates 'against science-based strategies'

Gov. Kim Reynolds and the director of the Dept. of Education received a letter from Secretary Cardona this week regarding Iowa's new law. → Read More

As demand increases, Iowa prisoners tasked with preparing COVID test kits

The IDPH says the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) has partnered with Iowa Prison Industries to increase the state's collection of at-home test kits. → Read More

Some bringing cattle to show at Iowa State Fair greeted with nails inside stalls

The mess was discovered when owners arrived at the cattle barn to set up for showings at the fair this week. → Read More

VERIFY: Yes, masks are required on Iowa school buses

While Iowa students do not have to wear a mask in class or at school functions, do the same rules apply to transportation? → Read More

State public health leaders no longer contact tracing or investigating every new COVID-19 case

The updated guidance was shared with county public health leaders and school districts this week as thousands of Iowa families prepare for the upcoming school year. → Read More

WATCH LIVE: Gov. Reynolds details Iowa troopers' mission on the Texas border

The governor will hold a press conference on Wednesday at 10 a.m. to provide information about the troopers' work on the Texas-Mexico border. → Read More

Police: Man's body found in vacant restaurant's freezer in Fort Dodge

The man, Terry Brogan, 56, of Fort Dodge, was pronounced dead by the medical examiner. → Read More

Conserve water: thousands of Iowans told to limit water use amid drought

Des Moines Water Works and West Des Moines Water Works announced Monday they have implemented their water shortage plan. → Read More

The future is electric: Iowa's efforts in transportation

Big-name brands like General Motors, Volkswagen and Ford all recently announced significant changes in their production lines to manufacture electric vehicles. → Read More

Iowa day care provider describes 'heartache' of trying to find open spot for a child

As more people go back into the office, day care openings are even harder to come by in Iowa. → Read More

VERIFY: When was the last time Iowans saw gas prices around $3.00 a gallon?

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley tweeted Iowans are paying more for gas now than in the last seven years, but that's not true. Let's VERIFY. → Read More

What you should know about Iowa's federal unemployment benefits ending this week

Last month, Gov. Kim Reynolds cited a strong labor market and a recovering economy when she announced the $300 benefits will be ending the week of June 12. → Read More

Everything you need to know in Mollie Tibbetts case ahead of Cristhian Bahena Rivera's trial

The man accused of killing Mollie Tibbetts will stand trial in Scott County. Here is a timeline of the investigation and some of the important people involved. → Read More

'Less than a month to figure it out': Iowans react to federal unemployment payment cuts

Iowans felt mixed reactions following Gov. Kim Reynolds' decision to end federal unemployment benefits in the state. They were originally to end in September. → Read More

Watch out for fake vaccine cards: Buying and selling them is illegal

Some fake cards have been found for sale online in Iowa, prompting a warning from the Iowa Attorney General. → Read More

ISU student group faces backlash over event about 3D-printed firearms

An email was sent out to students the same week as a gunman killed 10 people at a Colorado grocery store. → Read More