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The House hearings on the impeachment inquiry wrapped up this afternoon.  Several witnesses came forward and claimed President Donald Trump had asked Ukraine for help looking into the activities of former Vice President and now Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son in exchange for military aid. 

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has been pushed out first place in the presidential race in Iowa by South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.  According to the new Monmouth University Poll out today, Mayor Pete leads the Democratic presidential candidates in Iowa, ahead of the state’s first in the nation caucuses in February.  

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Governor Kim Reynolds spoke this morning with the task force she’s assembled to come up with a series of criminal justice reforms, according to Radio Iowa.

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Early findings show that the bridge that was burning yesterday under I-29 in Sioux City has sustained more than the black soot marks.  Iowa Department of Transporation authorities say it's too early to speculate on the degree of damage the culvert bridge sustained after the encampment blaze, which is under investigation. 

The low-hanging Interstate 29 bridge near the Wesley Parkway overpass was only a year old when it was scorched by flames from a burning homeless encampment yesterday afternoon.   

Coming up this week on The Exchange

We hear about the investments made by Western Iowa Tech Community college in training the future workers of Iowa.  A big part of the training is learning how to think critically and solve problems.

And we talk with journalist and author Bob Woodward about parallels between the days leading up to the impeachment of President Richard Nixon and the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said recent reports of respiratory illnesses caused by e-cigarettes are alarming, and she said the state is looking at what it can do in response.

Taking questions from reporters at a news conference on Wednesday, Reynolds said she's working with the Iowa Department of Public Health to continue collecting data on the illnesses.

Twenty-three cases (and no deaths) of respiratory illness linked to vaping have been reported in Iowa. 

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Republican US Senator Joni Ernst is refusing to pass judgment possible wrongdoing by President Donald Trump but said yesterday Congress needs to investigate any allegations of corruption. Ernst was at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City yesterday morning, talking with high school students about leadership.

Ernst was asked about the possible impeachment of the president.  She said the Senate Intelligence Committee will take the process seriously because all forms of corruption need to be exposed.

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Republican US Senator Joni Ernst says anytime there is corruption or fraud, the Congress needs to combat it.  Ernst was in Sioux City yesterday (Thursday) talking about leadership with high school students at Briar Cliff University.  Ernst was asked about the impending impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.  Without passing judgment on the case, Ernst said the Senate Intelligence Committee will look at the evidence in the impeachment process in a bi-partisan manner.

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Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says until the U.S. House votes on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, she’s not convinced there’s a case.

Reynolds is an honorary state chairwoman of Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.

Reynolds says the House should focus on issues such as a trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.

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Republican Governor Kim Reynolds says she won’t yet weigh in on the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Reynolds says she’s waiting for the U.S. House of Representatives to specify the charges against the president.

Really until they take a vote and I know what they’re accusing him of, I don’t think there’s anything there. So there are procedures they have to follow and I’m not sure that’s been followed yet so right now I’m not going to weigh in because what are the charges they’re accusing him of?

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