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U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People on Sept. 30 in Beijing, China. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images hide caption

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How The U.S. Ambassador To China May Have Xi Jinping's Ear

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy McGuire pitches herself to caucus-goers in the Roosevelt High School Auditorium in Des Moines during the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 5, 2018. Clay Masters/Iowa Public Radio hide caption

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Iowa's new domestic violence intervention program, ACTV, aims to change abusers' behavior by teaching them emotional awareness. Chelsea Beck/NPR hide caption

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Iowa Tries A New Domestic Violence Intervention: Mindfulness

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Neal Siegel, who lives with his girlfriend, Beth Wargo, is one of six disabled Iowans suing the state over its privatized Medicaid program. Clay Masters/IPR hide caption

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Patients, Health Insurers Challenge Iowa's Effort To Privatize Medicaid

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Sam Clovis, a conservative talk radio host who ran President Trump's campaign in Iowa, has been nominated to a top scientific post at the Department of Agriculture even though he lacks a science background. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Trump's Nominee To Be USDA's Chief Scientist Is Not A Scientist

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Farmer Wendy Johnson markets hogs, chickens, eggs and seasonal turkeys. She also grows organic row crops at Joia Food Farm near Charles City, Iowa. Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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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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