One laudable side effect of the COVID-19 panic is a nationwide effort to promote "vote by mail" as a universal alternative to standing in line at polling places. One reason that effort is laudable is that it would likely decrease vote-fraud. Yes, I said "decrease." And Republicans were saying the same thing until recently.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (May 11, 2020) — The Davenport Public Library has tentatively scheduled the reopening of its Fairmount Branch (3000 N. Fairmount St) drive-up window for limited hours on Monday, May 18, 1–5PM. The window will be open Monday-Friday, 1–5PM, for hold pick-ups only.

BETTENDORF, IOWA (May 11, 2020)  Even though classrooms remain closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, United Way, area superintendents, school districts, and cultural institutions are working together to make learning accessible to all students and families at home.

On May 3, a group of around 60 mercenaries attempted an amphibious landing at Macuto, on Venezuela's Caribbean coast. They were quickly defeated and 13 of them — including two Americans, Airan Berry and Luke Denman — captured. US president Donald Trump has denied any association with, knowledge of, or involvement in the affair on the part of the US government.

WASHINGTON DC (May 8, 2020) — In refusing to strike down an overly-broad law criminalizing pro-immigration speech, the US Supreme Court has paved the way for the government to punish anyone engaging in so-called “anti-government” speech that encourages resistance to tyranny through civil disobedience.

DES MOINE, IOWA (May 7, 2020) — On May 6, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency.

IOWA FALLS, IOWA (May 7, 2020) — Iowa PBS's weekly, nationally-syndicated agribusiness program Market to Market will bring together a panel of experts to address mental health in agriculture and answer viewer questions submitted via email and social media.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 6, 2020) — The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 293 additional positive cases for a total of 10,404 positive cases. There have been an additional 2,309 negative tests for a total of 52,767 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

JOHNSTON, IOWA (May 6, 2020) — Iowa PBS will hold an Iowa Press debate for the US Senate Democratic Primary on Monday, May 18, at Iowa PBS studios in Johnston. The hour-long debate will begin at 8PM.