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Here First
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Start your day with the essential local news you need to know. Host Clay Masters rises bright and early to bring you the top news stories of the morning in under 15 minutes. Wake up, pour your coffee and get your news Here First.

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  • There are still three people unaccounted for following the collapse of a downtown Davenport apartment building. Governor Reynolds signed a lot of bills into law on Thursday. Plus, what it’s like to date as a farmer.
  • One of many documents Davenport officials released last night related to an apartment building collapse quotes an engineering inspection that noted brick bulging away from the building. Five people are still missing after Sunday’s collapse. Former President Donald Trump returns to Iowa today to campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. And, opponents of proposed carbon capture pipelines in Iowa are again calling for the projects to be put on hold until new pipeline safety rules are written.
  • Five people are still missing from a partially collapsed apartment building in Davenport that city officials say could collapse further at any moment. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis kicks off a campaign tour across Iowa. And Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announces plans to send state troopers to the southern border.
  • Davenport officials say an apartment building that partially collapsed Sunday is unstable and will be demolished. This week the federal agency in charge of oil and gas pipeline safety will hold two days of public meetings in Des Moines as it prepares to rewrite rules for carbon dioxide pipelines. Plus, the use of temporary migrant workers in agriculture continues to increase year after year in the Midwest and Great Plains.
  • Rescue operations continue after part of an apartment building collapsed in Davenport. A Cedar Rapids group is sending volunteers into the field to document Veterans’ graves for Memorial Day. Plus, Governor Kim Reynolds has signed several education-related bills into law that, among other things, would prohibit LGBTQ topics in elementary curriculum.
  • A Supreme Court ruling weakens environmental protections in the Clean Water Act. U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was in Cedar Rapids to see the Biden Administration’s infrastructure dollars at work. Plus, stories about the effort to loosen Iowa’s child labor laws and the current status of the Republican presidential field campaigning in Iowa.
  • South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott was in Sioux City yesterday, rallying support for his newly-declared campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy is 10 years old. The state’s agriculture secretary says there’s much to celebrate, but still a long way to go to reduce nitrate levels. And, Woodbury County supervisors want to keep wind turbines at least 2 miles from the county’s incorporated cities.
  • An Iowa state panel has ruled that footage from the body cameras worn by Des Moines police officers when they shot and killed a 16-year-old boy will not be made public. The company hired to administer Iowa’s new education savings account program held its first online training session. Plus, any day now, Gov. Kim Reynolds will decide whether to sign a bill that weakens the State Auditor’s access to certain information.
  • Four Iowa newspapers owned by Davenport-based Lee Enterprises have just three print editions a week beginning June 20. Iowa City is considering making its buses free to ride. Plus, this year's 80/35 Music Festival will be its 14th and final year at Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines.
  • Legislation to restrict gender-affirming care is often pre-written and shopped out by a handful of interest groups, according to an AP analysis. A new report has ranked Iowa 20th in the nation overall for senior health. Plus, a special traffic enforcement effort targeting seatbelt usage gets underway Monday.