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Liveblog: Curfews In Effect Monday Night In Polk And Scott Counties

Large gatherings are allowed to resume starting this week. There's a primary on Tuesday, and the Iowa Legislature is returning to session Wednesday. As the state grapples with reopening, protests over the death of George Floyd have turned violent in Des Moines. Continue to follow the latest Iowa news here for the week of May 31-June 6.

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County Officials Rule George Floyd Death Was A Homicide

Updated 7:37 p.m. ET The Hennepin County Medical Examiner released a new autopsy report Monday, ruling George Floyd's death was a homicide. The office said Floyd's heart and lungs stopped functioning "while being restrained" by law enforcement officers. Floyd died due to "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restrain, and neck compression," according to the report . It also specified "other significant conditions," including fentanyl intoxication and recent...

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Democrats In Iowa U.S. Senate Race Debate, Talk COVID19 Response

The four Democrats running to face Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst debated for the first time Monday night . The November race is looking to be both competitive and expensive. Sen. Ernst hopes to get a second term representing Iowa, and Democrats see the seat as a possible pickup in November as they try to take the majority in the Senate.

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The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers has sparked demonstrations and protest nationwide. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died May 25. Video, now seen by millions, shows Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, resulting in Floyd’s death.

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Scott County is implementing a nightly 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew “until further notice," beginning Monday night. The lockdown comes after two people were shot and killed in Davenport on Sunday night, including a 22 year old woman. Two other people suffered gunshot wounds, including a police officer.

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We are living through strange and difficult times. This is a period in history that will not be forgotten and you can contribute to the historical record by keeping a diary.

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As a basketball player from Carroll, he helped the 1985 Kuemper Catholic High School team win the state high school basketball championship. Last year, as head coach, Nick Nurse led the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA championship.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe speaks with Nurse about his coaching career, which includes stops at the University of Northern Iowa, (following a successful playing career with the panthers,) the University of South Daktoa, the British Basketball League, the Iowa Energy (now the Iowa Wolves of the NBA's G-League) and more.

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America: Are We Ready? Racism, Violence, and Our Future Together

Monday night, WNYC and Minnesota Public Radio present “America: Are We Ready? Racism, Violence, and Our Future Together,” a pop-up, live, call-in show to convene a national conversation in this urgent moment. The special will air across the country on over 250 stations, including statewide on Iowa Public Radio, from 7-9 p.m. CT on all news and studio one signals.

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MarKaus' New EP Pairs Well With Whiskey

Des Moines hip-hop artist Markaus has shared the music video for “Essence,” the first single from his new EP, “Burn The Boats.” The EP shares its name with a limited edition whiskey produced under Markaus’ Ziyad Rye brand.

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As one of the country's worst economic and health crises in history deepens, rent is due again for millions of people who are struggling to make ends meet.

Over the last few months, states and the federal government have taken steps to help tenants who've lost their jobs. Now, while the unemployment rate is still climbing, some of the protections for renters are running out.

Mexico's government has announced a nationwide lifting of coronavirus social distancing measures — with the exception of areas marked as red zones. Making the announcement virtually meaningless, a government map shows nearly the entire country marked in red.

Looting, fires, vandalism and the National Guard on the streets — for many, the unrest of 2020 evokes memories of the destructive riots of 1992 in Los Angeles.

Both times the protests began in anger over police violence against black men — in 1992, when four police officers were acquitted of the brutal beating of Rodney King; now, when George Floyd died in Minnesota after a policeman knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

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President Trump on Monday declared himself "a law-and-order president" and "ally of all peaceful protesters" as he delivered brief, forceful remarks in opposition to the ongoing demonstrations against police killings of black people, describing the unrest as "acts of domestic terrorism."

Louisville, Ky., resident David McAtee was shot and killed during a police response to a curfew violation early Monday. Both police and National Guard members were on the scene and fired shots. The incident has led to the firing of the police chief.

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