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As COVID-19 Cases Increase In Iowa, So Does Demand For Testing

As new COVID-19 cases continue to climb across Iowa, the state has seen an increase in demand for testing, but getting access to a coronavirus test for some Iowans isn't always as simple as just requesting one.

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744 New COVID-19 Cases, 3 More Deaths Reported Friday

Follow the latest Iowa news in our Daily Digest, a newsblog where you can catch up on all the headlines you'll hear about in our on-air newscasts.

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Ben Kieffer speaks with a variety of guests about top news stories from across Iowa on this July, 10th newsbuzz edition of River to River.

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hold three virtual meetings later this month with people who live and work along the Missouri River to address flooding in the region. The goal is to identify areas prone to flooding, places along the river that cause flooding, and potential solutions. 

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After four days of searching by hundreds of volunteers, a man missing from a Waterloo care center has been found alive.

Waterloo police Major Joe Leibold said 46-year-old Michael Jensen was found Friday morning by a construction worker in a drainage ditch about three quarters of a mile from the care center.

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Some people are stunned and can’t believe their ears or their eyes when they hear a countertenor sing. These male musicians can control their voices to sing really high or in a falsetto range. They manipulate their voice so only the air passes over the edges of their vocal cords which vibrate in a lighter, much higher pitch.

Saturday on IPR Classical, you have a chance to hear John Holiday, a reknowned countertenor perform in the Des Moines Metro Opera’s rendition of “Flight.”

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Incarcerated Iowans and their family members say the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility has struggled to meet their basic human needs, as a coronavirus outbreak batters the prison. Locked in their cells 23 hours a day, some inmates say they’ve been unable to take showers for days at a time, or have waited hours for officers to bring them drinking water.

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Hear Countertenor John Holiday In "Flight" On IPR Classical

Some people are stunned and can’t believe their ears or their eyes when they hear a countertenor sing. These male musicians can control their voices to sing really high or in a falsetto range. They manipulate their voice so only the air passes over the edges of their vocal cords which vibrate in a lighter, much higher pitch. Saturday on IPR Classical, you have a chance to hear John Holiday, a reknowned countertenor perform in the Des Moines Metro Opera’s rendition of “Flight.”

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IPR Music's Favorite Memories From 80/35

80/35 is one of the biggest musical weekends of the year for Serious Music People in Iowa. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the festival isn't happening this year. Until next year, we'll have to get by with our memories of festivals past. We also want to hear yours! Cece Mitchell will be reading your memories on-air during a special episode of Studio One Tracks on Saturday, July 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tell us about them here!

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Cardboard beds. Urban farms. Roving mariachi bands.

These are some of the ways that regular folks are solving problems and spreading happiness during the pandemic.

The solutions aren't perfect — public health experts have some critiques and suggestions. But at the same time, they applaud the ingenuity and positive vibes.

Read the stories of six grassroots change-makers — then nominate your own at the bottom of this story.

President Donald Trump on Saturday was photographed wearing a mask during a visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, after months of refusing to don the medical expert-recommended face coverings meant to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

"I love masks in the appropriate locations," Trump said, speaking to reporters at the White House before his visit.

Thomas Chatterton Williams, along with more than 150 prominent journalists, authors and writers, published a letter decrying what it called the "intolerant climate that has set in on all sides" of debate in Harper's Magazine on Tuesday, fueling a heated controversy over free speech, privilege and the role of social media in public discourse.

Nearly four months after it closed over coronavirus concerns, Disney World is once again inviting guests to experience its Florida theme parks.

The reopening comes as Florida is experiencing a surge of new coronavirus cases, with more than 10,000 being reported on Saturday.

Both Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom opened Saturday to the general public, following limited openings for annual-pass holders and employees. The other two area parks — Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios — are expected to open on Wednesday.

Thomas Salts spent two weeks in a hotel in Arizona sleeping, watching TV and, most importantly, fighting COVID-19.

"I mean it was truly one of the worst bouts I'd ever had dealing with any kind of thing, with the flu or anything," Salts told NPR's Weekend Edition. "It was 10 times worse."

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