Pollution

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The Iowa Department of Transportation is awarding 4.6 million dollars to help transit fleets replace buses. The money comes from Volkswagen as part of its settlement for 2015 Clean Air Act violations.

The largest amount of money will partially fund 107 new school buses across the state. Half of these buses will use a propane engine.

Zac Bitting (BIT-ting rhymes with hitting) is the DOT’s grant manager and says propane fuel generates less pollution than diesel.

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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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It looks like The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture will survive, but without money from the state. Governor Terry Branstad used his veto authority Friday to save the agricultural research center, even though majority of state lawmakers voted to dismantle it.  The center's future remains uncertain.

Divided by Water

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Ambi               Walking through grass (Becca: Let’s head that way. Follow the yellow grass.)