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Iowa backyard beekeeping battle

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An Iowa high school senior is hoping to sway the opinions of city leaders to allow beekeeping.

Clare Heinrich won a scholarship last year and received a beehive and a colony of bees.

She says she had to take months of classes to learn about bees and how to care for them, but says her family was told to remove the beehive from their backyard by the city of Urbandale which classifies bees as "livestock."

"I knew that bees were starting to disappear, and I wanted to do something to help that... to help the environment, and to help just the whole community," said Heinrich.

She's hoping the city will reconsider its policy.

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