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Monday, August 16th, 2021

As Iowa’s kids prepare to head back to school, the state is experiencing a fourth wave of new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. The 2020 Census results for Iowa made history as the state has become more racially and ethnically diverse than ever. Plus, last year’s powerful derecho devastated generations-old forests in a matter of minutes, downing millions of trees. IPR’s Kate Payne reports that only a small fraction of the trees has been replanted.

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Clay Masters is Iowa Public Radio’s Morning Edition host and lead political reporter.