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Thursday, December 16th, 2021

Here First podcast hosted by Clay Masters

Tens of thousands of Alliant and Mid-American Energy customers are without power Thursday morning after a rare December thunderstorm blasted across Iowa. Davenport-based Lee Enterprises is being sued by the New York-based hedge fund that attempted to buy the company. Lee owns 10 newspapers in Iowa and dozens more across the country. Plus, IPR’s Natalie Krebs reports on how the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the meatpacking industry’s diverse workforce.

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