The Gazette Daily News Podcast, April 2

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds speaks to the press during a news conference on Sunday, March 29, 2020, about the coronavirus
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds speaks to the press during a news conference on Sunday, March 29, 2020, about the coronavirus COVID-19 and the state's response from the State Emergency Operation Center in Johnston, Iowa. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)

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It will be mostly cloudy, warm and windy to kick off Thursday. The wind and clouds will foreshadow what will come later in the day and into Friday and Saturday. According to the National Weather Service, there will be a high of 63 degrees Thursday with a southeast wind of 10-15 mph. Later on there will be a 50 percent chance of rain.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said on Wednesday she disagrees with projections released this week that predict more than 700 Iowans will die of the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus by Aug. 4. Although she would not share projections done by the state of Iowa, she did say that the higher projections were predictions based on assumptions, and may not have taken into account the precautions the state has already taken, such as closing schools and many businesses and encouraging social distancing.

Two more coronavirus-related deaths in Iowa were confirmed Wednesday by the state, bringing the state’s total to 9 virus-related deaths so far. Both people were 81 years or older, one in Polk County and one in Washington County. There now are 549 positive cases in the state of Iowa. Most models have Iowa weeks away from reaching its peak with the disease.

Iowa women will be able to obtain surgical abortions that are deemed “essential,” despite orders from Gov. Reynolds that initially appeared to hinder them. Reynolds had ordered all non-essential surgeries to be delayed due to COVID-19, and it was thought this could be a roundabout way to limit access to abortion. After the American Civil Liberties Union filed a suit to fight this, the two parties agreed on a compromise that would allow abortions in the state to be deemed essential or not on a case by case basis, particularly if delaying the abortion would mean preventing a woman from having the option to get one later on.

One person has been declared dead and three others taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries after a head-on collision Wednesday evening east of Atkins. Emergency responders arrived on scene after 5:00 p.m. Wednesday and found one person dead at the scene and another who had been ejected from their vehicle. The person ejected from the vehicle, Bryce Wagehoft, of Coralville, and his two passengers Wendie Beard of Vinton and David Nelson of Palo, were taken to the hospital for treatment. The identity of the deceased motorist is not being released until next of kin can be notified.

If you have any Zantac in your cupboard to treat heartburn, it would probably be a good idea to toss it. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that the medicine, also known in its generic form as ranitidine, can contribute to the development of cancer. The research indicates that this may be due to impurities in the medicine that develop after it is stored at room temperature.

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