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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - When asked whether she supports further restrictions to Iowa's gun laws, Gov. Kim Reynolds said the federal government needs to take responsibility in discussing gun legislation. Reynolds told reporters Monday "the federal government has to play a role" in deciding possible firearm restrictions. That includes examining background check requirements. She declined to comment more specifically on Iowa's gun laws, calling them reasonable and responsible.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Some Iowa City elementary students are urging the school district to recognize Muslim holidays, and board members say they're willing to consider the request. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports several students proposed the idea at a school board meeting last week. They suggested the district schedule days off for the holidays of Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. Board member Ruthina Malone says the board can consider accommodating major holidays celebrated by Jewish and Muslim students.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Dozens of high school students have left their Iowa City classrooms to send a message: School shootings must stop. Students from at least three schools walked Monday to a gathering spot in downtown Iowa City. Speaking through a megaphone, a student speaker read the names of the 17 victims of last week's Parkland, Florida, shooting. The other students repeated the names in unison.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Roman Catholic bishop of the Des Moines Diocese has turned 75 and submitted his required resignation to Pope Francis. Bishop Richard Pates, who took the post in 2008, announced his intended retirement in the diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Mirror. It's unclear when the Vatican will announce Pates' successor.
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