Governor Terry Branstad signs a bill in Cumming, Iowa on May 9th. He's awaiting Senate confirmation to be the next ambassador to China. Clay Masters/Iowa Public Radio hide caption

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Nation's Longest-Serving Governor Set To Become Top Diplomat In Beijing

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Two different variations of Confederate flags fly in Owen Golay's yard in rural Pleasantville, Iowa. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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Feeling Kinship With The South, Northerners Let Their Confederate Flags Fly

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Green shoots of cereal rye, a popular cover crop, emerge in a field where corn was recently harvested in Iowa. The grass will go dormant in winter, then resume growing in the spring. Less than three percent of corn fields in the state have cover crops. Courtesy of Practical Farmers of Iowa hide caption

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Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students Liz Hada, left, and Melissa Garcia Rodriguez say they have experienced racial tension in some of their classes, despite feeling generally welcomed by most students and faculty. Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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Hundreds of demonstrators on the Iowa Capitol's Rotunda floor protest a bill that would restrict collective bargaining for local and state government workers. John Pemble/Iowa Public Radio hide caption

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Iowa Moves To Restrict Collective Bargaining For Public Sector Workers

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Protesters opposing the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in North Dakota. Lawmakers in the state have proposed bills that would increase penalties for protesters who block highways. Michael Nigro/Getty Images hide caption

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Bills Across The Country Could Increase Penalties For Protesters

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Crews clean up the diesel fuel spill after a pipeline broke in Worth County, Iowa on Wednesday. Chris Zoeller/Mason City Globe Gazette/globegazette.com hide caption

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad greets Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in April 2013. The two first met in 1985, during a visit by Xi to Iowa. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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An 'Old Friend Of China' Prepares To Bridge Differences At A Fraught Time

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has been named as the next U.S. Ambassador to China. He's pictured here delivering his annual Condition of the State address before a joint session of the Iowa Legislature, in January. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Former first lady Barbara Bush, mother of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, campaigns with her son at a town hall meeting at West Running Brook Middle School in Derry, N.H. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio may have finished third, but he had a better-than-expected night in Iowa, thanks in part to larger turnout and evangelical voters. Pete Marovich/Getty Images hide caption

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