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Nuclear Neighbor
11:00 pm
Sun May 1, 2011

Nuclear Neighbor

There are now almost 10,000 people living within 5 miles of Iowa's only nuclear plant. That's a 20% jump in just 10 years. But as the legislature debates opening a second plant in Iowa, some lawmakers say they're concerned about residents' safety. IPR's Kate Wells reports. 

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11:00 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Republican Bill Would Cut Birth Control for Thousands of Uninsured Women

The Iowa House has approved a massive budget cutting bill that reduces spending on everything from pre-school education to investments in upstart clean energy businesses. But health clinics across Iowa are more concerned with another, much smaller proposed budget cut. It's one that would eliminate family planning dollars for thousands of low-income women. Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells has the story. 

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Iowa's Second Congressional District:...
11:00 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Iowa's Second Congressional District: Dems Battle to Hold Ground

Iowa's second congressional district was originally considered safe for Democrats. But the race is getting some national attention as a possible litmus test for just how big this year's conservative wave will really be. Democrat Dave Loebsack is battling to hold off his Republican opponent and repeat challenger, Dr. Mariannette Miller Meeks. Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells reports.

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11:00 pm
Mon October 4, 2010

Iowa's Student Debt Crisis

Iowa's college students have some of the most student debt in the nation - twenty five percent more than the national average. The state's been at the top of the student debt rankings for years. And despite promises of change from schools, the Board of Regents, and the statehouse, Iowa is still expected to be near the top of this year's list. Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells investigates how we got here, and what is - and is not - being done to reverse the trend.

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11:00 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

Iowa Struggles to Help the Mentally Ill Homeless

Homelessness in Iowa has risen nearly forty percent since last year. With some 28,000 people homeless across the state, there's increasing pressure on a system that's struggled to help one population in particular: the homeless and mentally ill. Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells reports.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Hospice Care in Iowa: On the Rise, but Obstacles Persist

Half of all people who die in Iowa do so under hospice care. That's well above the national average, which makes sense for a state with an aging population. Yet as the hospice industry has boomed over the past decade, experts say patients and their families still face serious obstacles to getting the best end-of-life care. Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells reports on the communication barriers and information gaps that surround hospice care in Iowa.

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