Tony Leys, The Des Moines Register

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The Des Moines Register

Des Moines, IA, United States

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Past articles by Tony:

Watch live: Gov. Kim Reynolds holds coronavirus briefing a day after reopening some businesses across Iowa

A day after Gov. Kim Reynolds eased restrictions on businesses across Iowa, high unemployment numbers were released for another week. → Read More

Watch: Gov. Kim Reynolds to hold coronavirus briefing at 11 a.m. Tuesday

On Monday, Reynolds said the backlog of COVID-19 test results should be cleared by the end of the day. → Read More

Watch: Gov. Kim Reynolds to hold Thursday news conference on how Iowa is handling the coronavirus pandemic

Gov. Kim Reynolds will update the state its result to the coronavirus pandemic a day after defending her decision to reopen part of the state Friday. → Read More

Watch: Gov. Kim Reynolds to hold coronavirus news conference a day after announcing plan to ease restrictions

The counties that can partially reopen either have no confirmed coronavirus activity or have seen a downward trend in positive cases over the past 14 days. → Read More

Gov. Kim Reynolds will hold her news conference on the coronavirus Thursday morning

Gov. Kim Reynolds will hold her news conference on how the state is handling the coronavirus at the State Emergency Operations Center at 11 Thursday. → Read More

Gov. Kim Reynolds to hold briefing on coronavirus as state addresses outbreaks at meatpacking plants, testing gaps

The governor's daily briefing on coronavirus will be at the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston. → Read More

Marshalltown hospital to close its birthing unit, citing declining patient numbers

Since 2000, 33 of Iowa's 118 community hospitals have closed their maternity units. Sixty-four Iowa hospitals still have such programs. → Read More

Iowa's Glenwood institution fined $15,000 after disabled man collapses on hot patio

The Glenwood Resource Center has been fined five times in the past year over inspectors' findings about how it cared for its 200 disabled residents. → Read More

Cory Booker pledges to help Americans afford long-term care

The U.S. senator from New Jersey proposes raising the asset limit for Medicaid coverage to $200,000. For a single person in Iowa, it's now $2,000. → Read More

Mosquito-borne West Nile virus sickens first Iowan of the summer

The mosquito-borne virus causes few symptoms in most people, but it can lead to high fevers and deadly brain swelling. → Read More

Medicaid director's faith in managed care unshaken by $386 million cost increase

Mike Randol predicts the two insurers now running Iowa's Medicaid program are here to stay, after two others bailed out in the wake of heavy losses. → Read More

UnityPoint Health may merge with Sanford, a larger hospital system based in South Dakota

UnityPoint Health traces its roots to 1993, when Iowa Methodist Medical Center merged with Iowa Lutheran Hospital to form the Iowa Health System. → Read More

Iowa veteran's survivors sue over VA's illegal hiring of troubled neurosurgeon

The Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledged its Iowa City hospital shouldn't have hired the surgeon, whose Wyoming medical license was revoked. → Read More

Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven resigns without explanation

Foxhoven, who held the job two years, oversaw Iowa's controversial privatized Medicaid system, child welfare efforts and the state's institutions. → Read More

Iowa Poll: Likely Democratic caucus participants split on Donald Trump impeachment question

Many Democratic presidential candidates are calling for Trump’s impeachment, but many likely Iowa caucus participants are unsure it’s time to do so. → Read More

MercyOne suspends its kidney and pancreas transplant program

MercyOne's kidney and pancreas transplant program has been performing about 30 transplants per year. It will be shuttered for at least a year. → Read More

Oldest Iowan to join the Iowa National Guard talks about the bombing that changed him forever

Watching 9/11, all Dan Grinstead could think was: This is my generation’s Pearl Harbor. Then, he decided to do something about it. → Read More

Medicaid director meets with Iowans worried about UnitedHealthcare's exit. 'You can't calm our fears,' one Iowan says.

Iowa Medicaid Director Mike Randol, in the first of six town hall meetings, says "there are going to be bumps in the road," but no one will lose benefits. → Read More

Measles sickens a second unvaccinated person in northeast Iowa

The unidentified patient is a "household contact" of the first patient, who came down with measles after traveling to Israel, officials said. → Read More

Cory Booker 'sings' 'Bohemian Rhapsody' with teen Queen fan while campaigning in Iowa

Booker showed Brylie Ruden a video of Axl Rose and Elton John singing a duet of Queen's famous song. He called it "one of my favorite scenes ever." → Read More