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Saturday Afternoon News, December 30th


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa agency will release a report early next year designed to start measuring the impact of a new state-funded family planning program that excludes abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.
The Iowa Department of Human Services plans to release program data on Jan. 8.
The report will include information on patient enrollment and program utilization, as well as details about health care providers and payments for services and pharmacy.
The data will cover the first quarter of the budget year that began in July and will include information about a period before the new program was implemented.
The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature agreed last spring to give up millions in federal dollars to launch a $3 million state-funded family planning program that excludes abortion providing organizations, although no state or federal dollars go to abortions in Iowa.



IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching media literacy skills. Lawmakers in several states have introduced or passed bills calling on public school systems to develop plans for media literacy instruction and help local districts implement them. The bipartisan effort has received little attention but is expected to continue throughout 2018.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A California man charged with setting up fake businesses in Iowa and two other states to obtain more than $355,000 in unemployment benefits for nonexistent workers has pleaded guilty in federal court and will be sentenced next month. Court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Iowa say Nikolai Monastyrski has pleaded guilty to all charges contained in a 14-count indictment alleging wire fraud and mail fraud.