Today is the first day of open enrollment for the 39,000 Iowans who buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Plans are being offered through Medica and Wellmark. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen recommends those on ACA plans review their household income to make sure they still qualify for federal subsidies.

A state board is recommending allowing patients with post-traumatic stress disorder to qualify for Iowa’s medical cannabis program.

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Iowa Highway 2 from Interstate-29 in southwest Iowa to the Missouri River is now reopened to traffic.

The area was closed since late May because of flooding from the river and had been closed for all but eight days between mid-March and late May.  

The Iowa Department of Transportation said in a news release traffic will move in both directions using the westbound lanes of the highway. This limit will be in place until officials figure out a long term solution for Highway-2 to deal with future flooding.

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Highway travel has been restored between Interstate 29 and the Missouri River near Percival in southwest Iowa.

The Iowa Transportation Department said yesterday that a contractor has laid down the temporary pavement in damaged areas of the westbound lanes of Iowa Highway 2. The two lanes will be divided for now into eastbound and westbound traffic.

The state board that oversees Iowa’s medical cannabis industry won’t be adding any new conditions to the list of approved uses.

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I was a boy in the 1950s, forty long years after November 11, 1918, Armistice Day, when the unimaginable carnage of the First World War finally ended. As a kid, I knew very little about my great uncle, who, by way of a grenade thrown 100 years ago next month, met his death in some battlefield gully in France. What I knew is that he'd been killed in the Great War, and that my parents had better attend Decoration Day rallies in the cemetery south of town.

Check It Out: The Great Alone by Krisitn Hannah

Jul 31, 2018

This is Barb Gross with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check it Out.

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Some psychologists want to drop the last initial in PTSD. They claim that to call PTSD a “disorder” makes the condition appear unusual. It isn’t. They claim that if you’ve been to war, you have post-traumatic stress because war is trauma.

I can’t help thinking such distinctions wouldn’t have mattered to the woman in the casket yesterday. Her husband took Nazi fire at the Battle of the Bulge and came home with a purple heart from wounds that were visible–and some that were not. “He just wasn’t the same when he came back from the war,” one of his relatives said.

Cultural Continuum 6-23-17

Jun 23, 2017
Lisa Naslund
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My husband, Jeff, and I have been married 32 years. We raised two daughters and a son. But for two years, I wasn’t sure how to answer the question, “How many children do you have?” You see, our son Sgt. Dillion Naslund completed suicide on December 10, 2012. He was 25.