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An Iowa judge has temporarily blocked the enforcement of a new abortion law.  The law requires women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion while a legal challenge is argued in the courts.

Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the law yesterday. The law was set to take effect tomorrow, but Judge Mitchell Turner issued a temporary injunction preventing it from taking effect until a lawsuit is resolved.

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Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is asking House Democrats to “act quickly” to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement before the week is out.  Yesterday Grassley told the Senate the agreement would create hundreds of thousands of jobs and help raise wages for Americans.  Grassley says if a deal cannot be reached by the end of this week, he doesn’t see how the USMCA can be ratified this year.

Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s disappointed that a federal judge temporarily blocked a new law critics call “ag-gag two-point-oh”.

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Authorities in Sioux City keeping a close watch on rising water levels.

The Iowa DOT has closed a portion of Hamilton Boulevard at Interstate 29, and the southbound on-ramp and off-ramp to I 29.

The Sioux City Public Boat Ramp is closed and access to Chris Larson Park from Hamilton Boulevard has been impacted.

Also, there are portions of I- 29 still closed in western Iowa, one mile south of Missouri Valley to the south of Omaha.  And from Pacific Junction all the way to the Missouri border. There are several flood warnings in the region.  


Some Republican lawmakers in Iowa say they want to limit the powers of the state's attorney general, citing frustration that the Democrat joined lawsuits opposing the actions of President Donald Trump.

Attorney General Tom Miller joined six lawsuits in 2018 that aimed to obstruct Trump's policies, which included separating families of immigrants on the southern U.S. border and requiring additional citizenship information on the 2020 census.

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The state of Iowa is facing a lawsuit over the new ag-gag law passed in March. 

critics argue it’s essentially the same as the original which was struck down by a federal court.

The new law calls it trespassing if someone lies to get onto a farm because they want to harm the business. When she signed it into law, Governor Kim Reynolds said it was necessary to keep farms secure.

But Rita Bettis Austen, legal director of the ACLU of Iowa, says it also stops journalists from investigating things like mistreatment of workers or animals.

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The ACLU of Iowa is suing the state over a law the group says prevents investigations of farm facilities like puppy mills.

The law, known as Ag Gag 2.0, says anyone who lies in order to gain access to a farm and intends to cause harm, can be charged with trespassing.

It was passed after the original was thrown out by a federal court. ACLU of Iowa legal director, Rita Bettis Austen, says the two are essentially the same.

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Welcome to The Exchange, I’m Mary Hartnett.  This week, there were major decisions made on the state and local level.  First, we hear about the lawsuit that’s been filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland yesterday.  

The law would effectively ban most abortions after about six weeks into pregnancy. The plaintiffs say the law needs to be struck down as unconstitutional.