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Court Reporters Needed in Iowa

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa court reporters are expressing relief that a college in the state will offer a training program in the occupation this fall.

The Sioux City Journal reports an estimated 60 percent of court reporters in Iowa are expected to retire within the next 10 years. Filling those vacancies was going to be difficult because the AIB College of Business in Des Moines ended a longtime court reporter program after the Iowa Supreme Court supported switching to digital audio reporting.   

The courts changed course and decided court reporters were a better option, but with the business college ending its program, people had to travel to Minneapolis or St. Louis to take classes.   

Reporters say they're pleased to hear Des Moines Area Community College will offer court reporting this fall.

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