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Thursday, August 26th, 2021

Public health officials in Iowa’s largest county are sounding alarms that too few people are wearing masks and getting vaccinated as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations climb in the state to levels not seen since January. A Council Bluffs parents is challenging a state law that bans mask mandates in schools. Plus, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst is defending her stance on accepting some Afghan refugees to Iowa.

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