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After Man Burns LGBTQ Books In Northwest Iowa, Library Says It Is Looking At Options

A library in northwest Iowa is considering its next steps after a religious activist burned several books.

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When should you start talking to kids about sexuality, consent, and safe relationships?


“Birth,” says professor Alison Oliver, who teaches courses on human sexuality in the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa.

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In Iowa, the Centers for Disease Control is investigating two cases of acute flaccid myelitis, a syndrome that can paralyze children. There are also many suspected cases in surrounding states, and the spike in cases is drawing a lot of media attention.

During this hour of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Dr. Caitlin Pedati, Iowa Department of Public Health Medical Director and State Epidemiologist, about the cause, and what we do and don't know about the syndrome. 

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A library in northwest Iowa is considering its next steps after a religious activist burned several books.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton arrived in Moscow this weekend to a murmur of dampened outrage over President Trump's announcement to leave the 1987 arms control treaty that marked the end of the Cold War.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader who signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with then-President Ronald Reagan, called the decision a "mistake" that didn't originate from a great mind.

Microplastics have been found in human stool samples from countries in many parts of the world, according to a small pilot study being presented this week at the 26th annual United European Gastroenterology conference in Vienna, Austria.

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With billions of dollars’ worth of corn and soybeans still in the fields, Iowa farmers are using sunny, dry days to catch up.

Nights too.

But Monday’s U.S. Department of Agriculture weekly update says the soybean harvest, which is now just over a third complete, is the smallest percentage harvested at this stage of the season since 1985.   Although farmers are reporting deteriorating quality, the USDA rates 65 percent of Iowa’s soybean crop in good to excellent condition.

Hold onto your hats: A sea cucumber that looks like a headless chicken has been caught on video in the deep seas near East Antarctica.

It's a surprising location for the species, Enypniastes eximia, to turn up. The last place it was filmed was thousands of miles away in the Gulf of Mexico last year.


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