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This is Kelsey Patterson with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out. Lately, I’ve been really drawn to reading wintery works of crime fiction and wanted to share with you, two of my favorites. Today, I’m recommending The Hunting Game by Helene Tursten and The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. Apparently, I’m also a fan of books with the word “hunting” in the title, but I won’t even try to analyze what that says about me or my reading habits.

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Democrat Cory Booker today has dropped out of the presidential race after failing to qualify for the December primary debate.  The U.S. senator from New Jersey had struggled in polling and fundraising since launching his bid last February. Booker was unable to hit 5% support in a single qualifying poll required to make it on the January debate stage. 

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Sen. Cory Booker joined Shelby and Ike to discuss his proposed policies as a Democratic candidate* for 

President, policies, he argues, that will bring the country back together. He believes that his appeal to African-Amercian voters makes his candidacy viable and that Hilary Clinton's 2016 loss was partly due to her failure to appeal to the lived experiences of the diverse nature of the Democratic Party. And he describes how his engagement in the African-American community drives his policy. 

*As of January 13, 2020, Senator Cory Booker has suspended his campaign.

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The Iowa House of Representatives has officially elected Republican Pat Grassley as the new speaker of the House. The chamber voted today (Monday), the first day of the 2020 legislative session.

Grassley is a 36-year-old farmer from New Hartford and the grandson of U-S Senator Chuck Grassley.

Speaker Grassley says his time as chair of a powerful budget-writing committee showed him the importance of building consensus among House Republicans.

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While the U.S. is known as the birth mother of rock and roll, many British bands made sure they were considered direct relations.

On this episode of the B-Sides with Bolin and Blumberg, we take a dive into the Brits' version of boogie and blues.

The Iowa Senate and House of Representatives gaveled in this morning.  Republican Pat Grassley of New Hartford is the new speaker of the house.

Tomorrow,  Republican Governor Kim Reynolds will deliver her third condition of the state address.

She’ll set out her agenda for the year and unveil her budget proposal. They’re expected to include workforce and rural Iowa initiatives, and restoring felon voting rights.

Listen for live coverage on Siouxland Public Media starting at 10 a.m.

  

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34 states are now reporting high flu activity. 

That is an increase from 25 states last week.  Iowa and Nebraska are two of the 34 states experiencing high flu activity. 

In Iowa, the Department of Public Health lists influenza as "widespread" throughout the state.  The IDPH says this season there's been over 6,000 Iowans hospitalized for the flu and 11 people have reportedly died due to flu-related symptoms. 

  

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The Iowa chapter of March For Our Lives is looking to build support in the legislature for new gun laws.

Their proposals include mandatory reporting for lost and stolen firearms, universal background checks and a seven-day waiting period before completing a gun purchase.

Legislative director Nick Pryor says, in other states, longer waiting periods have been shown to reduce gun violence.

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A significant winter snowstorm is expected to affect this evening’s commute across much of Iowa. National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Curtis says the system will work its way from the southwest to the northeast.

Through areas like Atlantic, Des Moines, the southern Ames metro then off towards Marshalltown and Waterloo. This evening those areas could end up seeing about two to five or three to six inches in some cases.”

The CDC reports widespread flu activity and Siouxland District Health is seeing an increase in our area.

Kristen Beal is the Infection Preventionist and Patient Safety Officer at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s.

“We went from 17% positive test rate to a, 40% test rate over the holidays and maintained that for a couple of weeks and now we’re at a 33% test rate this week.”

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