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3:53 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Frack Sand Mining Unlikely in Allamakee County

a silica sand mine
Wikimedia Commons

After the expiration of an 18 month moratorium, Allamakee County has adopted rules that will regulate silica sand mining in the area. 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
3:24 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Pheasant Frenzy

Iowa's pheasant population is the highest since 2008
Credit Audubon Society

    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."

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Talk of Iowa
12:07 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Making Movies in Flyover Country

The cast and crew of "Belleville" worked on location in Illinois. Now, they're holding a casting call in Iowa.
Courtesy of Dan Treadman

People associate Iowa with  "The Bridges of Madison County" and "Field of Dreams." But what movies are being shot in Iowa today?

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News Buzz
5:39 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Two Iowan Sisters Leave Liberia After Ebola Threat

Libby (left) and Kayla Casavant sit in Kayla's Monrovia apartment, before both of them fled after the Ebola outbreak.

Both Kayla and Libby Casavant were working in Liberia when the worst known outbreak of Ebola hit West Africa. 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:09 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Grape Production Takes a Hit

Iowa has 101 wineries
Iowa Winegrowers Association

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."

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Sports
3:08 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

What Should Parents Know About Concussions?

Flickr

Football season is officially underway this weekend, and this season, there’s extra emphasis on the effects of concussions.

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News Buzz
12:52 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

UI Professor Kembrew McLeod Responds to Criticism of Pink Locker Room Protest

University of Iowa Professor Kembrew McLeod is organizing what he calls a "Million Robot March Against Pink Locker Rooms" in protest of the university's painted pink locker room for visiting football teams.

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Horticulture Day
11:28 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Fall Color Accents For Your Yard and Garden

gabontour / flickr

Over the next few weeks the green in our fields will turn to gold and the leaves on the trees will begin to change.

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Business and Economy
12:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Native of India Leads High Tech Push

Tej Dhawan, co-founder of StartupCity Des Moines
Credit Rob Dillard

A few dozen of Central Iowa’s high-tech brain trust are pouring beers and munching tacos on the fifth floor of a downtown Des Moines office building.

They’ve come together a few days before the lights go out on a business incubator that became the centerpiece for an area known as Silicon Sixth.

They exchange pleasantries with the two men at the heart of Startup City Des Moines – Christian Renaud and Tej Dhawan.

Before the party began, Dhawan sat in a remote conference room and reflected on what he was looking to accomplish for high-tech firms in Central Iowa.

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Arts and Culture
11:15 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Statue of Senator James Harlan Returns Home

The 8-foot tall, 25-hundred pound bronze statue of James Harlan on a rainy afternoon after being dedicated at its new home on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College. Previously this sculpture was on display for 104 years at Statuary Hall in Washington D.C.
Photo by John Pemble

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.

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River to River
4:05 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Des Moines' School District Tries New Approach with Grading

The school year has begun once again, and students heading back to Iowa’s largest school district may notice a difference in the way they are graded.

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River to River
3:47 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Iowa Police Departments' Use of Military Gear

Guardsmen train on Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle prior to Iraq deployment
The National Guard

Recent clashes between police and civilians in Ferguson, Missouri have led local community members to consider the military-style equipment given to local police departments.

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Talk of Iowa
9:54 am
Thu August 28, 2014

From Chimpanzees in Senegal to Des Moines' Bonobos

Jill Pruetz walking with chimpanzees in Senegal
Julie Lesnik

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.

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Statehouse and Politics
7:53 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Wahlert Testifies Under Oath

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.  

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Politics Day
4:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Politics Day: Developments in the Middle East and the 2014 Senate Race

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A new Washington Post forecast gives the GOP a 63 percent chance of taking the Senate in November.

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Books
4:32 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

"Dear Committee Members," Do You Really Need a Letter of Recommendation?

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We’ve all been asked for letters of recommendation. At the end of the day, what’s the point? 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
10:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

USDA Predicts Drop in Farm Income

Expectations of a bumper crop of corn has caused both prices and farm profit expectations to drop.
Amy Mayer/IPR file photo from harvest 2012

Farmers’ can anticipate a sharp drop in income this year, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
8:40 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Everything Agriculture on Display at Farm Progress Show

Yellow hay rakes drew attention to the New Holland exhibit at the Farm Progress Show in Boone Tuesday.
Amy Mayer/IPR

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.  

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Statehouse and Politics
7:32 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Judges Claim Political Interference

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.   

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Soil Erosion
4:22 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Combating Climate Change Through Soil Science

Much of Iowa's soil is eroded due to certain farming practices
Lynn Betts Wikimedia Commons

Iowa is nestled in the center of America’s breadbasket; one of our most precious resources is beneath our feet. But it’s a resource in jeopardy.

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Education
3:17 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Preventing Sexual Violence Through Mentorship

Grinnell College's MacEachron Field. The college implemented the MVP program on campus in 2012, first among student athletes.
Wikimedia Commons

One in five women are sexually assaulted during college. In the fight to combat that trend, peer-to-peer mentorship can make a difference.

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News Buzz
10:23 am
Tue August 26, 2014

News Buzz: Telehealth, Triathletes, and Beer Caves

Inside the beer caves found of I-380, one of six stories on this edition of Newsbuzz.
Courtesy of Iowa DOT

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.

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Food
9:13 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Barbecuing an “Art,” with Lots of Rules…

Kansas City Barbeque Society Master Judge Dave Compton in Iowa Public Radio's Des Moines studios
John Pemble Iowa Public Radio

For Phil Cummings, Iowa Farm Bureau Cook Off State Fair Barbeque Grand Champion, barbecuing is a family affair. 

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Environment
4:36 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Environmentalist Heads Agriculture Water Initiative

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.    

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Medicine
3:35 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge: Iowans Affected by ALS

Thousands of people have undergone the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness, funds or both for ALS.
Rauglothgor Wikimedia Commons

A year ago this time, the national ALS Association raised nearly 2 million dollars. This year, in the same time period, they've raised 40 times that. What changed?

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Statehouse and Politics
11:09 am
Mon August 25, 2014

More Scrutiny for Unemployment Fraud

Photo by Kay Henderson

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.  

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News
9:41 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Iowa Civil War Loss Revived

Proposed engraving for Littleton Memorial Monument by designer Will Thomson
Credit Will Thompson

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. 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Grain Elevator Failure Prompts Talk of Safety Net

Before it defaulted on loans and was shuttered by regulator, the Pierce Elevator was a major business in town.
Bill Kelly/NET News

 

In Nebraska, farmers say they’re left with about $9 million in unpaid claims when a grain elevator failed in the town of Pierce. It looks as if farmers’ losses could eventually top $4 million.

Without a financial safety net to depend on, farmers are watching this case in eastern Nebraska. They’re looking for lessons in order to avoid another massive financial wreckage in the future.

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Studio One
1:00 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Featured Release This Week From Spoon

Credit npr.org

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.

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Horticulture
3:10 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Dragonfly Swarms a Marker of Good Water Quality

Wikimedia Commons

There have been reports of dragonfly swarms in certain parts of the state this summer. 

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