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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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A wide-ranging firearms bill cleared a bipartisan panel in the Republican-controlled Iowa House.

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Water use in Iowa has climbed 72% since the 1970’s, and according to state officials, current usage rates are unsustainable. 

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Iowa’s new state penitentiary in Fort Madison is still empty, and now officials are worried about frozen pipes.

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There's two sports that are about as different from each other as you can get, but who have dedicated participants for life: bicycling and archery.

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What's it look like when I host a Studio One show?  You can find out this Thursday, March 5 at The Basement (901 Cherry Street) in Des Moines!  IPR is excited to be taking Studio One out on the road for the first time, partnering with the Des Moines Social Club for the entire 7-10 pm show.  I'll be playing new indie rock, singer-songwriters and roots-rock, plus a sprinkling of great older tracks.  It will be just like our usual great mix, except that I'll be spinning the discs live with an audience of Basement patrons.

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There’s a new stop on the Iowa campaign trail.

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Sheriff's officers across the state say there aren't enough beds for Iowa's mentally ill, and some lawmakers are joining their cause.

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Northeast Iowa farmer Chris Soules  has been in the national spotlight for weeks on a TV reality show in search of a bride.  At the same time, a group who promotes relationships in a more traditional way is preparing to celebrate a milestone.

On a recent Saturday morning about 50 members of the Iowa-Wisconsin chapter of Singles in Agriculture toured the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veteran Museum in Waterloo.

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You’ve probably seen, but may not have noticed, labels on the meat at your grocery store.

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Waverly or more specifically, Wartburg College will be the site of an international music festival this spring.

The Grammy award winning British folk rock band Mumford and Sons will be in Waverly June 19 and 20 as part of their 2015 Gentlemen of the Road tour. Wartburg College Vice President for Marketing and Communication, Graham Garner says the event is one of only four “stopover” locations. He says “this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we are so excited to be a partner in making this happen.”

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The old Keeney place was the kind of farm you see in paintings of Iowa landscapes: a big beautiful barn, with 200 acres of fields and pastureland.  

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Iowa has the highest average for indoor radon concentration in the nation, according to the University of Iowa. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports the radioactive gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless, so people may breath the gas for years before it's detected.

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As Iowa lawmakers prepare for the first so-called "funnel deadline," of the 2015 session IPR Statehouse correspondent Joyce Russell talks with IPR's Julie Englander about sifting through the items on the slate in the coming weeks. 

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A standoff between Democrats and Republicans over funding for K-12 schools next year continues at the statehouse.

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A newly-translated diary describes a Danish emigrant's journey to America 108 years ago. He came aboard the doomed ocean liner Lusitania when it was brand new. IPR's Rick Fredericksen tells his grandfather's story in the centennial year of the historic sinking of the Lusitania.

Just like today’s emigrants, Europeans came to America long ago in search of a better life. Ellis Island remains an iconic symbol and a favorite landmark for documentarians.

“Tens of millions of us have relatives who came this way, part of the largest human migration in history.”

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Expanded diary quotes from Chris Fredericksen's journey aboard the Lusitania in 1907. The Danish emigrant would later settle in Harlan, Iowa.

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Cell phone companies are going head to head at the statehouse with Iowa’s towns and cities.

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One family, farming the same land generation after generation - this is a dream many farmers share, but not an easy one to realize.

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The nation has spent the past month honoring black history. Part of that past includes the lingering disparities between blacks and whites in the U.S.

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Feb 26, 2015
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A new report by Iowa’s largest utility companies shows hundreds of households are behind on paying their energy bills.  A federal program called LIHEAP provides protection from having the power shut off between November 1st and March 31st. Iowa’s Director Jerry McKim says he’s concerned about those who are not part of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, but there is protection.

“The law says if you haven’t had a payment agreement that you broke in the last 12 months, the utility must, not might, offer you a minimum of 12 months to pay off your past due balance.”

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What was Margaret Thatcher's response to being asked to sign a baseball? 

Back from War, On to the Farm

Feb 26, 2015
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Veteran Sara Creech has grown dependent on farming.

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The law that sets standards for school meals is up for reauthorization this year.

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