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The bill would allow the production and dispensing of marijuana in Iowa for the treatment of certain medical conditions.  

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Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the Iowa Board of Medicine faced off at the Iowa Supreme Court Wednesday over providing abortion services with telemedicine. In Iowa only doctors can prescribe the medication that induces miscarriage. Since it's expensive to staff doctors at all its clinics, Planned Parenthood physicians teleconference with patients seeking abortion services.

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Laurie Garrett says that when Thomas Duncan came down with Ebola in Texas, national media coverage became "over the top."

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In July of 2007 construction was beginning for a new housing development in Dubuque. That's when someone found human remains.  

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The state's largest water utility has voted to proceed with its lawsuit against three northwest Iowa county boards of supervisors. Des Moines Water Works first announced its intent to sue back in January.

The water utility says high nitrate levels in the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers, which supply the city's drinking water, are a result of nitrogen fertilizer runoff from farms in Sac, Buena Vista and Calhoun counties.

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After an hour and a half of emotional debate, the Iowa Senate Tuesday on a bipartisan vote, agreed to let school districts decide when to start classes in the fall.   

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NPR legal affairs correspondent, Nina Totenberg, has covered the U.S. Supreme Court for many years, translating court cases and generating interest in the judicial system with audiences all over the country.

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By a wide margin and without debate, the Iowa House today approved a wide-ranging gun rights bill. 

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One of the famous Decorah eagles, a juvenile known as Four, died as a result of electrocution last week. 

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In her latest book, Vivian Gornick explores New York City through the lens of her friendship with 'Len.'

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After years of negotiations, a dozen countries – from New Zealand up to Canada – are on the verge of a trade agreement.

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State lawmakers are working to advance a bill that would legalize sound suppressors for guns and allow children of any age to handle a gun under parental supervision, among other measures.

While we may need to wait a little longer for spring, this month’s Iowa Arts Showcase includes plenty of events to get you through the last weeks of winter. You can now listen to the show right here, along with interview segments with composer Jake Heggie.

The March showcase includes:

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Soybean, corn and wheat farmers in the upper Midwest lost about $570 million last winter, thanks mostly to transportation tie-ups.

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Nine potential candidates for the Republican nomination for President took the stage at the Iowa Agricultural Summit.

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Iowa high school sports history is being made this week at the boys’ state basketball tournament in Des Moines. For the first time, a school for delinquent young men is competing.

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The Iowa Supreme Court says anyone claiming damages for wage discrimination that occurred before 2009 is out of luck.

Three female employees of Muscatine-based Allsteel are suing the office furniture manufacturer, alleging male employees were paid more for similar work.  While the lawsuit is pending, the high court's ruling greatly limits the amount of damages the plaintiffs may eventually claim.

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David Gallo is a pioneer in mapping ocean terrain.

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The snow is starting to melt and that means it's time to prune back trees before spring weather arrives. 

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The monarch butterfly may soon find more of its food in Iowa.

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How to sentence teenagers who’ve committed heinous crimes continues to elude state lawmakers.

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A recent poll shows that a majority of Americans (71%) now say the war in Iraq “wasn’t worth it.” That’s similar to sentiments from the Vietnam era about that conflict.

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Farmers face plenty of risk, including the unknowns of weather, global markets and the more predictable expenses of taxes and equipment costs.

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A lawmaker whose land will be traversed by a proposed oil pipeline wants protection for landowners.

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Can serious illness increase your odds of divorce? If you're a women over the age of 50 that seems to be the case.

A new Iowa State University study looking at the divorce rate for older heterosexual adults has found that if a wife experiences a serious illness like cancer or stroke, the probability of her marriage dissolving increases by 6 percent. A husband becoming ill, however, has no statistical impact on a couple’s chances of divorce.

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When Jim McGough was diagnosed with hepatitis C, his wife Sheryl was dumbfounded.

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Netanyahu stressed Iran’s “radical” regime, saying there is no difference between the country and ISIS in terms of “imposing a militant Islamic empire.”

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A bill raising Iowa’s interstate speed limit from 70 to 75 miles per hour didn’t get voted on in the Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday. Since the deadline for bills to reach the senate or house floor for a vote approaches, it is highly unlikely the legislation will advance.

Sen. Wally Horn, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, supports the bill. He says bumping the speed limit up could cut down on traffic.

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A bill that aims to curtail distracted driving passed out of the Iowa Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday.

The legislation would make the use of a smartphone or similar device a "primary offense," which would allow police officers to pull someone over  just for emailing or texting while driving. The police currently can not do that.

The Transportation Committee’s ranking member, Republican Sen. Tim Kapucian of Keystone, says the greater number of drivers using smartphones and similar devices makes roads increasingly dangerous.

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School choice advocates flooded the Iowa statehouse Tuesday.

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