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A House panel has tabled a bill that would ban Iowa health care providers from trying to change a child’s sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Committee Chair Bobby Kaufmann, a Republican, says he wants to keep working on legislation to ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ children. 

The Iowa Court of Appeals has rejected two cases challenging a law that restructured the state judicial nominating commission. 

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The Iowa Court of Appeals has rejected two cases challenging a law that restructured the state judicial nominating commission. 

The law was passed late in last year’s session. It gave the governor a ninth appointment on the 17-member panel. Iowa attorneys select the other eight. Governor Kim Reynolds appointed her first Supreme Court justice under the new format last month.

You know they’ve done a great job of sending me great selections. So I believe it’s working and it’s doing well and of course, I agree with the ruling.

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From St. Louis to just north of Sioux City, the Missouri River is now closed to all commercial and recreational vessels.   The US Coast Guard says the closure is due to existing hazards such as drift and high water.  Boats may cause damage to or overtopping of levees. The closure will remain in effect until water levels decrease to a safe condition. 

Vessels being used for flood mitigation or restoration and fortification of levees may continue to operate, but minimize their wake to the greatest extent possible.  

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The Missouri River is closed to all commercial and recreational vessels, from St. Louis to just north of Sioux City, mile marker 750.  The US Coast Guard says the closure is due to existing hazards such as drift and high water.  Boats may cause damage to or overtopping of levees. The closure will remain in effect until water levels decrease to a safe condition. 

Untreated wastewater has stopped flowing into the Little Sioux River at Cherokee County.

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The Iowa Boards of Regents today decreed that In-state students at the University of Iowa and Iowa State will be paying nearly four percent more in tuition costs beginning this fall.  The Board approved a proposed tuition increase for Iowa's public universities today. This action is the first in a planned five-year tuition model that was years in the making."

Out-of-state students attending ISU would pay about 5-percent more, and at Iowa, they would pay about a percent more in tuition.

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s grateful the U-S Congress has finally approved a 19-billion-dollar disaster aid package that includes money for Iowa communities affected by flooding.

Floodwaters devastated western Iowa in mid-March, and floods have been affecting more and more of the state since then.

Reynolds says officials haven’t been able to get a complete damage assessment yet. 

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Iowa’s mental health regions have until next April to figure out how to fill the gaps in mental health services available to children. But they won’t get any additional funding to do it – at least not this year.

The mandate comes after Governor Kim Reynolds signed a new law today (Wednesday) laying out the first statewide children’s behavioral health system.

Reynolds says some of the services the law calls for are early diagnosis, therapy, and a family crisis hotline.