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Here First
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Start your day with the essentials. Coffee. Breakfast. And the local news you need to know. Our Morning Edition host rises bright and early to bring you the top news stories in under 15 minutes. Wake up, grab that coffee and get your news Here First.

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  • A federal appeals court will now decide the fate of Iowa’s ban on books with sexual content in school libraries. A panel of judges heard arguments in the case yesterday. John Deere will pay more than $1 million to job applicants the Labor Department says were discriminated against. And China says the attack on four Cornell College instructors in that country appears to be an isolated incident.
  • A federal judge says he’ll decide by July 1 whether an Iowa law making “illegal reentry” by immigrants a state crime can be enforced. A federal appeals court in Minnesota hears arguments today in a lawsuit challenging Iowa’s education law that’s led to hundreds of books being pulled from library shelves. And, state officials are monitoring both livestock and people after a couple of outbreaks of avian flu in Iowa dairy herds.
  • Iowa’s “illegal reentry” immigration law has a hearing in federal court this morning. Last night the Catholic bishop of Des Moines led a prayer vigil in opposition to the law. A new report says Iowa’s ranking has dropped a bit when it comes to child well-being. And, the state has another reported case of avian flu in a dairy herd.
  • U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson and her Republican colleagues plan to introduce a bill next year they say will enact stricter controls on the southern U.S. border. The Sierra Club says water use by Iowa’s ethanol plants will skyrocket if a carbon capture pipeline is built. And, some parents in Sioux City are upset their school district has cut summer school this year.
  • Iowa is reporting its first case of avian influenza in a dairy herd. It affects about 4,500 animals at a farm in O’Brien County. Pork producers say they expect the next farm bill to address a law in California that bans the sale of pork from breeding pigs raised in pens that don’t meet state minimum standards. And, Osceola should have enough drinking water for the summer, now that a rainy spring has nearly-refilled its only reservoir.
  • Tuesday was primary election day across Iowa, with three congressional primaries on the ballot. In Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, Lanon Baccam defeated Melissa Vine in the Democratic primary. In southeast Iowa’s 1st District, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks defeated challenger David Pautsch in the GOP primary. And in northwest Iowa’s 4th District, Rep. Randy Feenstra defeated challenger Kevin Virgil.
  • It’s primary election day in Iowa. There are primaries in three of Iowa’s four congressional districts, as well as some county and legislative offices. Weather forecasters say Iowa’s rainfall this month should be closer to normal. That could be good news for farmers whose fields are soggy after a soaking wet May. And half a dozen small towns in Iowa are getting state money to address run-down, city-owned buildings.
  • Many Iowa Republicans attended Sen. Joni Ernst’s “Roast and Ride” fundraiser on Saturday, and said they believe former President Trump’s conviction last week could give his reelection campaign a boost. And as severe weather events become more common and some insurance carriers stop writing policies in Iowa, a growing number of people in the state are foregoing home insurance.
  • Iowa leaders react to Trump's verdict. Efforts to build a new jail in Johnson County may hinge on Tuesday's primary election. Iowa is drought-free. And a labor study is underway in northeast Iowa.
  • A former southwest Iowa fire chief is accused of stealing donations after devastating flooding in 2019. A preliminary proposal for a new law enforcement center is unveiled in Johnson County. The family of a Buchanan County man is suing after their son died in jail. The head of Iowa's Insurance Commission says severe weather outbreaks during the past few years have led to record premiums.