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A lot of Iowa business owners in towns like Mount Pleasant are facing chronic labor shortages. One solution is to encourage more outsiders to come to the state, including immigrants. Jim Zarroli/NPR hide caption

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With Workers Hard To Find, Immigration Crackdown Leaves Iowa Town In A Bind

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A mail carrier for the United States Postal Service makes deliveries at a Florida apartment complex in June 2018. The USPS has partnered with TuSimple to launch a multi-state driverless semi-truck test program on Tuesday. It doesn't involve home deliveries. Brynn Anderson/AP hide caption

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Leitha Dollarhyde, a retired caregiver who lives in a rural town near Whitesburg, Ky., says she could not afford an unexpected $1,000 expense. Sydney Boles for NPR hide caption

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Poll: Many Rural Americans Struggle With Financial Insecurity, Access To Health Care

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Courtney Hering, who is getting married next year, is planning a slightly more lavish wedding reception. After seven years at Kohler, she finally feels like she has found a professional home. Sara Stathas for NPR hide caption

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2-Tiered Wages Under Fire: Workers Challenge Unequal Pay For Equal Work

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Tennessee Republican Glen Casada says he will resign as state House speaker after exchanging inappropriate and offensive text conversations with a former aide. Stephen Jerkins/WPLN News hide caption

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In Larkana, Pakistan, on May 9, 2019, a paramedic takes a blood sample from a baby for a HIV test. The government is offering screenings in the wake of an HIV outbreak. Rizwan Tabassum /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An analysis of air quality and childhood asthma in Los Angeles found that kids' health improved when smog declined. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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When LA's Air Got Better, Kids' Asthma Cases Dropped

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A passenger vessel traveling down the Yangtze River stops at a dock in downtown Chongqing, China. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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'The Economy Is Slipping': China's Slowdown Hits Former Boomtown

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Rashema Melson gets a hug and has her photo taken with her cousin Anthony Young after the 2019 Georgetown University graduation ceremony. Robb Hill for The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Once A Homeless D.C. Teen, Now A Georgetown Graduate

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Nepali mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa hopes to break his own record for climbing Everest, aiming for 25 summits. He's seen here in 2018, spinning prayer wheels in Kathmandu. Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., speaks at an abortion-rights rally at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. It was part of a day of action nationwide to protest a wave of state laws restricting abortion. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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Alabama prison commissioner Jeff Dunn says the Department of Corrections is implementing some federal recommendations and taking measures to improve, including the creation of an inspector general and a corruption task force, and hiring a new deputy commissioner. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Alabama Faces Deadline To Address Dangerous And Deadly Prison Conditions

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At the U.S. Capitol an invitation-only iftar, the meal that breaks the fast at sundown each day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, traditionally a time for introspection and goodwill. Hannah Allam/NPR hide caption

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