State wildlife officials say they're encouraged by a recent survey which shows Iowa pheasant numbers are the highest they've been in more than 6 years. Iowa DNR Biologist Todd Bogenschutz says the annual roadside count recorded a statewide average of 17 birds per 30 mile route compared to just 7 last year.
He says the numbers are surprising given the cool and wet spring, "I've got my fingers crossed, we've got good brood stock and I think think the hunters will be happy."
Iowa's grape harvest is underway in many parts of the state and the news from the field is not good. State Viticulturist Mike White says a cold and wet spring destroyed many of the vines and production statewide could be down between 30 and 40 percent. He says " there are some spots like Dubuque that seem to be fairing better, but mostly the cold damage is there and the yield is low."
After spending 104 years in Washington D.C., a sculpture of James Harlan returns to his hometown Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Harlan was a U.S. senator and a member of President Andrew Johnson’s cabinet, but he is most remembered in Iowa as an influential college president of what is now called Iowa Wesleyan College.
Iowa State University primatologist Jill Pruetz introduced the world to the spear-wielding Savannah chimpanzees of Senegal. She's just returned to Iowa from her summer in that country; and this hour, host Charity Nebbe talks with with her about her discoveries.
And later in the hour, an update on the Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative in Des Moines, from the organization's president and staff scientist, Bill Hopkins.
The head of Iowa Workforce Development Teresa Wahlert took questions for nearly two hours from the Iowa Senate Oversight Committee. One senator calls the agency dysfunctional, but Wahlert defends her leadership style.
In fact, the USDA predicts the $113 billion earned in 2014 will be the lowest amount of net farm income in five years. That’s equal to about a 14 percent fall from last year’s record amount, thanks mostly to a massive drop in crop prices.
A burst of colorful farm machinery is surrounded by demonstration fields at the Central Iowa Expo in Boone this week. The Farm Progress Show is attracting thousands of farmers, agronomists and agribusiness representatives. It’s an annual trade event that alternates between the Iowa site and Decatur, Illinois.
The Iowa Senate Oversight Committee questioned current and former judges who rule on unemployment benefits for laid-off state workers. Senators are looking into allegations that management at Iowa Workforce Development favors employers over employees in contested cases.
On this News Buzz edition of River to River, guest host Ben Stanton talks with Joyce Russell about the odd legal path of the telemed abortion case and with Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness about certain Iowa counties refusal to honor ICE 'detainers.' Also on the program, we remember Iowa historian Dorothy Schwieder, talk to an Iowan about his world-class Ironman win and learn what exactly a beer cave is from the Gazette's Brian Morelli.
The head of a major environmental organization will lead a new initiative to get farmers to comply with water quality standards. But other environmentalists are skeptical the new standards will work as long as they remain voluntary.
State officials who oversee unemployment benefits for laid-off workers say they are beefing up their fraud investigations, even as unemployment claims have fallen. Half the investigative staff quit when they took advantage of an early retirement offer.
Iowans know the story of the five Sullivan brothers who died when their ship was torpedoed in World War Two. Now, a different family loss, that was forgotten over time, is being revived by historians in southeast Iowa.
Spoon is one of the best bands working today, with each new release eagerly anticipated. Lead vocalist and guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno formed the band twenty years ago in Austin, Texas. Since around 2001, each new Spoon record has been an affirmation of the quality of the band's work. Daniel, Eno and the others have been involved in more side projects in recent years, yet every three or four years we are treated to a new Spoon album. They Want My Soul is another fine record, well-crafted and brimming with rock 'n' roll excitement.