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Iowa Senators Consider Proposals To Change Who Qualifies For Public Assistance

Republican senators advanced three proposals and tabled one this week that would change eligibility requirements for public assistance programs. Sen. Jason Schultz (R-Schleswig) chaired the three-member subcommittee meetings on each of the bills. The Opportunity Solutions Project, which is associated with a conservative think tank based in Florida, submitted the proposals. “A lot of these bills are focused on the public general perception that there is a large fraud problem,” Schultz said. ...

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Before the state's most destructive wildfire tore through Butte County, Calif., detailed plans for a tiny home village for the homeless in the northern California city of Chico were met with a mix of indifference, NIMBY-ism and outright rejection from a previous city council.

But November's Camp Fire, which killed 85 people and incinerated some 14,000 area homes, breathed new life into plans for a community of one-room wooden homes to help house some of Butte County's homeless.

We all need symbols to navigate the world.

Some of them are very clear, like a stop sign or a green light.

Some are not quite as apparent — like these hilariously confusing toilet signs.

And people who work in specialized fields also benefit when there are efficient icons that tell them what's going on.

Anthony Weiner, the former New York congressman sentenced to 21 months behind bars after he sent explicit photos of himself to an underage girl, has been released from prison.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the 54-year-old Weiner is now in the custody of a New York residential reentry management office — also known as a halfway house. He's scheduled to be released on May 14.

Brittney Crystal was just over 25 weeks pregnant when her water broke.

It was her second pregnancy — the first had been rough, and the baby came early.

To try to avoid a second premature birth, Dr. Joy-Sarah Vink, an obstetrician and co-director of the Preterm Birth Prevention Center at Columbia University Medical Center, arranged for Crystal to be transported by ambulance from her local Connecticut hospital to New York City, where Vink could direct her care.

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Three months after the midterm elections, voters in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District may finally find out who their congressperson will be, or whether they will need to head to the polls again.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections will meet Monday for what could be a multi-day hearing to consider evidence that investigators have been gathering for months.

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New Jersey native (currently based in Brooklyn) Sharon Van Etten self-released her music in the form of handmade CDs for a few years before her first actual studio album came out in 2009. Van Etten is also an actor and (since 2017) a mother. In fact, she was pregnant, going to school, and auditioning for an acting role while writing the songs for her new album Remind Me Tomorrow . Van Etten says: "I want to be a mom, a singer, an actress, go to school...and I feel like a mess, but I'm here....

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Under the Golden Dome: Legalize It?

Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, wants to expand marijuana access in Iowa. Bolkcom says marijuana should be regulated and taxed like alcohol. Other states have legalized marijuana use in some form but it is still illegal under federal law, and it is unlikely Iowa legislators will take action.
But legislators are considering bills that would legalize sports betting. In May 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that allows states to have this form of gambling. Eight states have...

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