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Gov. Kim Reynolds says today she is ok with a state board's recommendation to change the level potency of legally available medical marijuana products. Some lawmakers wanted to allow higher amounts of THC. THC is the chemical that makes recreational marijuana users high.

Lawmakers have been searching for a bill that would meet Reynolds' approval after she vetoed a proposal last year that would have expanded the state's medical-marijuana program. 

This is Kelsey Patterson with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out. Lately, I’ve been really drawn to reading wintery works of crime fiction and wanted to share with you, two of my favorites. Today, I’m recommending The Hunting Game by Helene Tursten and The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. Apparently, I’m also a fan of books with the word “hunting” in the title, but I won’t even try to analyze what that says about me or my reading habits.

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Special report by Siouxland Public Media's Mae Macfarlane.

Every Thursday morning during the summer, if you were to enter the playground at Clark Early Childhood center, you would be greeted with a spray of water, muddy vegetables, and a group of gardening kindergarteners.    

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Republican Governor Kim Reynolds says she’ll tell President Trump she’s concerned about his threat to put new tariffs on all products from Mexico when he visits Iowa next week. 

President Trump says all goods coming into the United States from Mexico will be hit with new tariffs next week unless Mexico stops the flow of migrants crossing the southern border. 

Reynolds says she’ll tell Trump it’s critical to focus instead on ratifying a trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, Iowa’s top export markets.

Teacher Leadership and Compensation Program Report

Dec 6, 2016

Educators in Iowa are benefiting from a leadership program that puts consulting teachers in the classroom.  However, so far, student scores aren’t keeping pace.

Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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Buttercup Bill

Nov 15, 2016

An Iowa lawmaker has a few words of advice to public universities providing counseling to emotionally distressed students in the wake of last week’s presidential election. Sioux land Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

Republican Bobby Kaufman’s “suck it up, buttercup bill” is aimed at state universities that use extra taxpayer dollars to fund election-related sit-ins and grief counseling.  The Wilton lawmaker told the Des Moines Register Monday that “People have the right to be hysterical … on their own time.”