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Wednesday Afternoon News, June 24th


Woodbury County Fair Decides To Post-pone Event Until 2021.

(Moville) — The Woodbury County Fair is the latest event to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  Board members voted Monday night to post-pone the full event scheduled for August 5th through the 9th in Moville, but fair manager Andrea Fleck says they still hope to host a livestock show.

Fleck says that show by Iowa State University Woodbury Extension could still take place in early August.

Woodbury County has the largest number of 4-H members and livestock in the state.  The County Extension would lease the fairgrounds for that show from the fair board if they decide to proceed.  A decision on that is expected within the next few days.




American Red Cross Testing All Blood Donations for COVID-19 Antibodies

(Des Moines, IA)  —  The American Red Cross is now testing all blood donations from Iowans for COVID-19 antibodies.  Red Cross spokesman Joe Zydlo says the tests will let donors know if they have been exposed to coronavirus – plus it’s another way to encourage people to donate a pint.  He says there continues to be an urgent need for blood donations as our hospital partners resume surgeries and treatments that require blood products.  The FDA-authorized tests will run until further notice.  Donors are expected to learn the results in seven-to-ten days.  Zydlo says Red Cross chapters have received several calls from people who reported coronavirus symptoms but never took a test.  Folks with antibodies in their bloodstream can donate their plasma to help current COVID-19 patients recover.




Planned Parenthood, ALCU File Lawsuit to Stop 24-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

(Des Moines, IA) — Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the A-C-L-U of Iowa are suing to stop the 24-hour abortion waiting period passed by the legislature. Governor Kim Reynolds is expected to sign the legislation which takes effect July 1st unless blocked by the court. Planned Parenthood complained that lawmakers passed the bill in the final hours of the session
without public input. Executive director Erin Davison-Rippey said the 24-hour waiting period is “clearly a political ploy to create barriers to sexual and reproductive health care in Iowa.” The state Supreme Court struck down a 72-hour waiting period law in 2018.



Man Shot in Des Moines City Park Dies in Hospital

(Des Moines, IA) — Des Moines Police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened about an hour before sunset in a city park. First responders got to Prospect Park around 8 Tuesday night and found a man in critical condition with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital and died of his
injuries early this morning (Wednesday). Investigators identified the victim as 31-year-old Paye Blawou. It’s the 13th homicide in Des Moines this year.
No arrests have been announced.



Two Dozen Dubuque County Jail Inmates Test Positive For COVID-19

(Dubuque, IA) — The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office says 24 jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. One inmate tested positive last Friday and all staff and other inmates were tested later that night. So far none of the jail staff has coronavirus. The infected inmates were placed in
quarantine and are being cared for jail nurses.