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Sarah Boden

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Sarah Boden is a general assignment reporter for Iowa Public Radio, based in Des Moines.  She joined IPR's ranks as a producer on Nov. 5, 2012--the day before the 2012 presidential election.

Sarah's favorite public radio program is On The Media.

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Health
3:33 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Holiday Mental Health Check

Russian mulled wine.
hc.saustrup

While the holidays may be called the most joyful time of the year, many people simply find them to be the most stressful.

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Business and Economy
6:31 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Investors Want a Piece of Fannie and Freddie

Adjustable-rate mortgages lead to the subprime mortgage crisis. This practice played a large part in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s 2008 insolvency.
Dale Calder

Urbandale’s Continental Western and other investors in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac aren't receiving dividend checks since all profits from the mortgage lenders are being turned over to the U.S. Treasury. 

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
3:40 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Homeowners, Not Banks and Developers Get Warranty Protections

DerekA

Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday, only individual homeowners are protected under the Warranty of Workmanlike Construction, which holds builder venders accountable for shoddy workmanship.

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Statehouse and Politics
3:32 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Harkin Bids Farewell to the Senate

Sen. Tom Harkin will retire from the U.S. Senate in January after 40 years in Congress.
John Pemble

Retiring Sen. Tom Harkin delivered his Farewell speech on the Senate floor today.  He is retiring after 40 years in Congress.

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Education
3:17 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Low-income Kids' Education Gets $1.1 Million Boost

Drake University will receive more than $1.1 million to fund Early Head Start programming in Des Moines.
Bart & Co

Education for low-income children in Des Moines is receiving more than $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:45 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Nobel Laureate Has Iowa Friends

Kailash Satyarthi, children's rights activist and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Comissão de Educação, Cultura e Esporte

One of the two laureates receiving the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in children’s rights was nominated by U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin.

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Environment
2:14 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Grassley Wants Wind Tax Credit to Go Further

Iowa wind farms generate much of the state's electricity.
Brooke Raymond

Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says the Senate will soon vote on the long-delayed tax extenders bill. The legislation groups more than 50 tax breaks, including wind energy incentives.

Because Iowa is a leader in wind energy production, Grassley has been vocal on the need to extend the tax credits. But Grassley says the bill doesn’t go far enough.

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Environment
1:35 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Grassley Says Congressional Republicans Will "Neuter" EPA Proposal

Debate continues over proposed changes to the federal oversight of waterways. The Des Moines River is among those affected by the pollution the rule aims to improve.
John Marvig

A proposal to modify the Clean Water Act, known as the Waters of the U.S. rule, will face stiff opposition come January, says U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley.  That’s when both the House and the Senate will be held by the GOP.

Grassley and other Republicans have spoken harshly against the recommendation from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, which would increase federal oversight of U.S. waterways.

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Statehouse and Politics
7:15 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Harkin Reflects on His Legacy

Sen. Tom Harkin will retire from the U.S. Senate in January 2015 after 40 years in Congress.
Photo by John Pemble

Sen. Tom Harkin retires from the U.S. Senate in January. He discusses his congressional legacy with Morning Edition, and gives a hint to his life's next chapter. 

Clay Masters: It’s Morning Edition on Iowa Public Radio. I’m Clay Masters. U.S. Democratic Senator Tom Harkin is retiring. He’s been a member of congress for 40 years—10 years in the House, and 30 in the Senate. Sen. Harkin is with me to discuss his career, and also what’s next.  Hello, Senator.

Sen. Tom Harkin: Good Morning. Good to be with you, Clay.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
11:52 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Limits on Expert Witness Testimony

Joe Gratz

The Iowa Supreme Court says expert witnesses cannot testify to a victim's credibility.

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Education
2:48 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Harkin Proposes Federal Funding for Higher Ed

Beardshear Hall on the Iowa State University campus.
Credit michelec317

Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says he wants states that increase funding to higher education to receive matching federal grants.

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Health
9:46 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Parents of Mentally Ill Children Rally Iowa Capitol

Parents of children with severe mental health issues who could not attend the rally asked to be represented with stuffed animals.
Sarah Boden/Iowa Public Radio

Advocates and parents of children with severe mental health issues rallied in Iowa’s Capitol Rotunda today, for the release of funding from the Iowa Department of Human Services. 

They say $6 million earmarked for services like respite care and therapy hasn’t been distributed. As a result, parents say the wait time for these services has ballooned to more than two years.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:28 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

High Court Strenghtens Right Of Attorney-Client Privilege

Joe Gratz

The Iowa Supreme Court agrees the legal rights of a man arrested for drunk driving were violated when the arresting officer failed to fully explain attorney-client privilege.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:04 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Iowa Supreme Court Defines Harassment

Twentyfour Students

The Iowa Supreme Court has clarified what constitutes harassment in the state. The court says a harasser must purposely seek out the victim to commit the offense.  

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Health
3:47 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

How Iowa Can Keep Its Healthcare Subsidies

Dr. Pete Damiano at Iowa Public Radio to discuss insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act on the talk show “River to River."
Credit IPR/John Pemble

The result of an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case may stop federal subsidies to some 30,000 Iowans who have bought insurance on Iowa’s state-federal partnership exchange.

Statehouse and Politics
8:36 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Grassley Delivers Heartfelt Tribute to Harkin

Sen. Grassley (left) and Sen. Harkin check their messages while inspecting flood in Iowa City
Credit Mauro Heck Photography

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley delivered an emotional tribute to his fellow Iowa senator Tom Harkin, who turned 75 today and is retiring at the end of January. 

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Health
4:41 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Pharmacy Board Tables Marijuana Question Until January

Medical cannabis growing operation in Oakland, California.
Rusty Blazenhoff

The Iowa Board of Pharmacy is holding off on recommending that the Iowa Legislature reclassify marijuana.

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Health
5:00 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Helps Iowa Hospitals and Patients

Credit Jennifer Morrow

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, 110,000 Iowans have enrolled in Medicaid through the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan.  The income threshold for those eligible went from 100 percent of the poverty level, to 138 percent. 

CEO of the Iowa Hospital Association Kirk Norris talks with Morning Edition about how Medicaid expansion has affected Iowan hospitals. 

Clay Masters: It’s Morning Edition on Iowa Public Radio. Good Morning. I’m Clay Masters.

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Science and Technology
7:23 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Facebook's Iowa Data Center Goes Online

Lighting a giant “Like” button to mark the opening of Facebook’s Altoona data center. From left, Facebook site manager Brice Towns, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, head of the Iowa Economic Development Authority Debi Durham, Altoona Mayor Skip Conkling, and Facebook vice president of infrastructure Thomas Furlong.
Credit John Pemble

When Facebook users "like" a photo or update their relationship status, some of that information will be stored in Iowa.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
8:47 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Fewer Meth Labs, But More Meth

A meth pipe.
michelle.irish

An annual report to the Iowa legislature and governor shows an increase in the amounts, potency, and use of methamphetamine in Iowa.

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Business and Economy
2:29 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Grinnell Muffler Factory Closing

gb_packards

Donaldson Company, Inc. is closing its Grinnell plant, laying off 75 workers.

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Environment
1:44 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Zoo Euthanizes Beloved Giraffe

Shani the giraffe eating lettuce. She was a willing participant in the public feeding program, say zoo officials.
courtesy of Blank Park Zoo

The Blank Park Zoo euthanized one of its giraffes last Thursday. Shani, a 21-year-old female, had lived at the Des Moines zoo since 1996. 

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Business and Economy
4:55 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Dahl's Foods Files Chapter 11

Sodanie Chea

Dahl’s Foods is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:29 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Iowa Felon Sues Governor

Joe Gratz

An Iowa woman and the ACLU are suing Iowa officials, including Gov. Terry Branstad, for the right to vote. 

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2014 Elections
4:17 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

What Happened to Iowa Democrats?

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Bruce Braley delivers his concession speech at the Hotel Fort Des Moines (11/04/2014.)
Credit Sarah Boden / Iowa Public Radio

“What happened?” is a question on the minds of many Iowa Democrats. 

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2014 Elections
2:03 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Iowa Sends Two Incumbents Back to Washington

Republican Steve King will return to Congress for another term, after again defeating a Democratic challenger. He's pictured here in Ames during his 2012 campaign.
Amy Mayer/IPR file photo

The incumbent candidates in Iowa’s second and fourth Congressional Districts will return to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Democrat Dave Loebsack of Iowa City won against Republican Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa. This is the third time Miller-Meeks has challenged Loebsack, who will return to Congress for a fifth term.

In his victory speech, Loebsack said he’ll keep working for the middle class, not forget where he came from, and work across the aisle.

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2014 Elections
12:11 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Same-Day Voter Registration

Chance McElhaney of the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office says for those who haven’t yet registered to vote, voters will need to bring a picture I.D. and proof of residence, if the I.D. doesn't have the voter's current address.
Julia Taylor

Tomorrow is the 2014 Midterm Election. While both major parties have championed early voting, many Iowans will score an “I Voted” sticker at their polling station.  

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Environment
12:05 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Furbearer Season Looks Promising

Furbearer season starts Saturday in Iowa, and goes through January 2015.
Eric Bégin

Furbearer season starts Saturday in Iowa. Hunters and trappers will likely see greater numbers of raccoons and coyotes from previous years, but fewer red foxes. 

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2014 Elections
4:46 am
Wed October 29, 2014

1st District Voter Map

The Julien Dubuque Bridge, which connects Dubuque to East Dubuque, IL over the Mississippi River.
Credit SD Dirk

Iowa's 1st Congressional District covers northeast Iowa, and includes the cities of Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Waterloo.

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2014 Elections
4:45 am
Wed October 29, 2014

2nd District Voter Map

Iowa City's pedestrian mall, which sits adjacent to the University of Iowa campus.
Credit Alan Light

Iowa City, Davenport, Burlington and Ottumwa are the major population centers in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District.   

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