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Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, July 12, 2020

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July 12th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

BRIDGEWATER, Iowa (KJAN) — Firefighters from more than a half-dozen area fire departments are on the scene this morning, of a large structure fire in on W. 1st Street, in Bridgewater. The page went out at around 12:30-a.m. Crews from Bridgewater, Adair, Anita, Atlantic, Fontanelle, Greenfield, Massena, and Orient were called to the scene, with Atlantic sending its ladder truck. As of 4:15-a.m., flames were reported to still be shooting through the roof of the building, four pumper trucks were running lines and at least eight tankers were shuttling water drawn from a dry hydrant at Mormon Trail Lake, near Bridgewater. The structure was apparently being used to store hay. Additional details were not immediately available.

UNDATED (AP) — The number of women having abortions in Iowa climbed last year, a turnaround that critics blame on the state’s controversial decision to withdraw from a federally funded family planning program. After decades of plummeting abortion numbers, the state last year recorded 3,566 abortions. That is 8% more than the previous year. The Des Moines Register reports last year’s increase came after the number of Iowa abortions dropped 56% from 2008 to 2018.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Health officials in Iowa report that six more people have died in the state from COVID-19. As of Saturday afternoon, the toll for coronavirus-related deaths reached 748 in Iowa. The state also reported 34,647 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Officials suspect the actual number of people with COVID-19 is much higher than the state-released statistics indicate because many people with mild or no symptoms do not get tested. The health department reports 178 coronavirus patients were hospitalized on Saturday, up from 169 who were hospitalized a day earlier.