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  • Federal officials say a southwest Iowa manufacturer has agreed to pay a half a million dollar settlement after a whistleblower claimed the company failed to properly test parts it made for military contractors. A new study says summer nights have been getting warmer by more than 2 degrees since the 1970s. Plus, staying in addiction recovery is difficult when you don’t have a way to get around.
  • Planned Parenthood and the ACLU say they are no longer pursuing legal action against Iowa’s 24-hour waiting period law for abortion. A new report has ranked Iowa ninth in the nation for child well-being but the high-ranking is misleading. Plus, the USDA has awarded the Iowa Department of Education a $67,000 grant to support its farm-to-school program.
  • The autopsy results are in for the three family members who were killed last month at Maquoketa Caves State Park. Iowa Democratic leaders say a Kansas vote to uphold abortion rights this week shows the same could happen in Iowa. Plus, how Republicans are making conservation controversial.
  • Three state agencies are developing guidelines and real-time resources for city and county officials who may have to restrict water usage during a drought emergency. A conservative nonprofit has filed a lawsuit challenging the Linn-Mar school district over a policy that provides confidentiality to transgender students. Plus, state health officials report a slight increase in the number of reported positive COVID-19 tests.
  • Friends and neighbors of the three people killed while camping last month gathered in a Cedar Falls park Tuesday night to honor three members of a family killed while camping last month. Small towns used last week’s RAGBRAI as an opportunity to fundraise for town projects. Plus, the synthetic opioid fentanyl is extremely deadly and dealers have been mixing it into other drugs, unknown to buyers.
  • The U.S. Senate could be on track to advance a bill as soon as Tuesday that would provide veterans exposed to toxic substances overseas with health care and benefits. Employees of a Cedar Rapids grain processer are on strike. Plus, state Fairs around the Midwest are hoping to see pre pandemic attendance levels this summer.
  • The Iowa Democratic Party will have to wait until AFTER the midterm election to learn the fate of the Iowa caucuses. Iowa State University will launch a new major this fall focusing on climate science. Plus, the winning ticket for this weekend's massive Mega Millions jackpot was sold in Illinois, but five tickets purchased in Iowa came within one number of the jackpot combination and are also prize-winners.
  • The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is accusing major tobacco companies of illegally withholding millions from the state. Iowa’s public health funding increased by 9 percent during the pandemic. That’s according to a new report by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health. Plus, Refugee organizations in western Iowa are helping Afghan refugees reach an important milestone: passing their driver’s license exams.
  • Gov. Kim Reynolds has appointed Judge David May to the Iowa Supreme Court. The Board of Regents voted to increase tuition for all three state universities in Iowa. State officials have confirmed the presence of a rare so-called brain-eating amoeba at a lake in southern Iowa. Plus, Maquoketa (Mah-COE-keh-tah) Caves State Park reopens for day use following closure last week after three family members were shot to death while camping there.
  • An opioid manufacturer is willing to pay up billions to settle thousands of legal claims, including one filed by the State of Iowa. A one year experiment in a Davenport junior high school will probably expand this fall to three more. Plus, an invasive bug that could threaten many of Iowa’s fruit crops and trees has been found in the state.