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Thursday, August 19th, 2021

President Biden has ordered the U.S. Education Secretary to explore whether a civil rights law gives the federal government authority to overturn state bans on mask mandates, like the one in Iowa, in schools. As COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise again in Iowa, Iowa’s nurses face an increased risk for burnout. Plus, a conversation with IPR State Government reporter Katarina Sostaric about new census data and the redistricting process in Iowa.

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