A 20-year-old Sioux City man admitted that he shot the shot that killed a woman at a New Year's Eve party. Christopher Morales pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder and three counts of reckless use of a firearm. Morales was originally charged with first-degree murder for the death of 18-year-old Mia Kritis. She was killed and three other people were injured when Morales and others fired into the house where the party was being held. Morales' 18-year-old brother is charged with first-degree murder in the case.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law putting new limits on government agency diversity trainings and school lessons related to racism and sexism.

The new law says trainings and lessons must not promote certain ideas, including that the US and the state of Iowa are systemically racist or sexist.

In a statement, Reynolds claims that “critical race theory” teaches kids to judge people based on their race or gender. She says, quote, “I am proud to have worked with the legislature to promote learning, not discriminatory indoctrination.”

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Officials at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha say they have received 13 people from a cruise ship in Japan where coronavirus has spread. The people are part of a larger group of American citizens brought back to the U.S.

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Democratic leaders in the Iowa Legislature called today for government oversight hearings on the reasons for the resignation of former Iowa DHS Director Jerry Foxhoven.   Gov. Kim Reynolds refuses to discuss her reasons for asking him to resign. Sen. Tony Bisignano said a 2017 state law requires the reason for demanding a state employee's resignation to be made public. Reynolds has declined to explain why Foxhoven was asked to resign last month. 

Foxhoven, who managed the state's largest agency that oversees the $5 billion Medicaid program, declined to comment.

A Polk County judge has dismissed a case seeking to overturn a law denying transgender Iowans Medicaid coverage for gender-affirming surgery.

The ACLU of Iowa filed the lawsuit on behalf of two transgender plaintiffs. It targets a provision passed by the Iowa legislature in April that would allow organizations using public insurance dollars to opt-out of covering the surgery.

As United Healthcare prepares to leave Iowa at the end of June, state Medicaid director Michael Randol says the department is working to ensure a smooth transition for Medicaid recipients currently enrolled with that company.

Randol says United Healthcare will not leave the state before June 30th and will be responsible for all claim until then. Medicaid recipients affected by its departure will be mailed notification this week. Healthcare company Iowa Total Care is set to join the state’s Medicaid program on July 1. 

A blizzard has knocked out electricity to tens of thousands of people in the Northern Plains as a powerful storm system sweeps across the central U.S.

14,000 people and businesses are without power in Minnesota and the same number in South Dakota. Another 8,500 are in the dark in Iowa.

the main culprit of Thursday's outages is snow and ice accumulating on power lines, combined with strong winds.

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As negotiations with an Iowa Medicaid insurer breakdown, the state’s senior U.S. Senator says he’s supporting the governor. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says the privatization of Iowa’s Medicaid system is a state decision. 

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Coming up today on The Exchange, we hear about how pork producers and soybean farmers are dealing with the effects of retaliatory tariffs this harvest season, 

also, how supporters of the Iowa Labor Center are working to preserve the more than fifty-year-old advocacy center from budget cuts. 

That and more coming up on The Exchange today at noon.




Disability Group Sues Iowa's Governor

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Six Iowans with disabilities have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Kim Reynolds, over the state’s shift to a privately run Medicaid program. Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

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