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Q: What is the reason for the new state license plate for Iowa? Will it help the state budget?

A: The current plates have been around since 1997, and evidently earlier this year, the governor’s office asked for a new look for the plates, which “serve as mini-billboards to promote the state as motorists travel nationwide,” according to the Des Moines Register. People who want to get plates early can pay $5; there’s no way to predict how many people will do that.

Q: How are contestants chosen for the “Price is Right”?

A: First, you have to get tickets to a taping. On the day of the show, those with tickets are interviewed briefly by the production staff — they’re looking for “interesting, enthusiastic” people, according to show producers. Those chosen sit with the rest of the audience to wait for their names to be called. Evidently, only about six people out of the roughly 325 audience members will get a chance to play.

Q: What is the proper way to dispose of an old tattered Bible? The garbage doesn’t seem appropriate.

A: There is no one accepted way. Religious sites suggest respectfully burning or burying a Bible or perhaps recycling the paper.

Q: Why is President Trump already doing campaign rallies?

A: Our take: First, he clearly enjoys doing them. Trump holds the events in front of friendly crowds in states he won. He relishes the adulation and energy of adoring audiences. Second, the rallies distract from other prominent issues and allow Trump to take control of the news cycle. Finally, he really is campaigning. He’s already fundraising and has released a commercial for his 2020 re-election campaign.

Q: What is Breitbart that Bannon is going back to?

A: Breitbart News Network (or is a far-right American news, opinion and commentary website founded in 2007 by conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart.

Q: What will be the total cost of Area Education Agency moving to its new building?

A: “We estimate the total cost of the move to be $4,750,” said Beth Strike, a spokeswoman for Central Rivers Area Education Agency. “Approximately $3,000 was spent to move the print shop (including equipment and paper) and another $1,750 was spent moving filing and storage cabinets. A public open house will be held on Sept. 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. for those interested in seeing how the space has been repurposed to serve the children, families and educators of the Cedar Valley and beyond.”

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