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Iowa AG Asks Iowa Dioceses for Records of Clergy Abuse, May Was Rainy, Cool, 4:04

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Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller today announced that his office has requested information related to clergy abuse records from the state's four Catholic dioceses.

Letters were sent to officials in Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque and Sioux City,  ask the dioceses to voluntarily share records related to abuse allegations, diocesan review boards, and settlements by Aug. 1.

The Attorney General's office also launched a hotline for survivors to report abuse, the news release said. The hotline number is 855-620-7000.

Miller urged victims of sex abuse by clergy to contact his office last year. He has met with abuse survivors recently who "urged us to investigate and bring attention to the injustice they and others have suffered,” the letter to the bishops said. “

May rainfall ended up just a little short of being double the normal average for the month.

State Climatologist Justin Glissen says we got trapped in a pattern that wouldn’t go away. Glissen said the jet stream was effectively locking in over the state, so every two or three days we would get measurable rainfall over parts of the stateThe month ended up just a little cooler on average.

Universities in Nebraska and Iowa are seeing an uptick in humanities courses in some medical schools.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the University of Nebraska at Omaha got the green light last month to offer a major in medical humanities. The subject areas include art, philosophy, ethics, religious studies, and the history of medicine among others.

Faculty members at Creighton School of Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center say studying humanities can promote empathy and help students learn to listen.

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