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Collective Bargaining Bill Passes House and Senate; Governor Branstad Applauds

After three days of bitter partisan debate, the Iowa House and Senate today gave final approval to legislation critics say will decimate Iowa’s collective bargaining law that covers 180-thousand public employees in Iowa. A handful of Republican voters defied their leadership and voted with Democrats against the bill. The vote in the House was 53 to 47. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 29 to 21. Democrats argued through the night and up to the afternoon, making a last pitch on behalf of...

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At a rally in New York City's Times Square on Sunday, protesters filled three city blocks to express solidarity with Muslims, and to speak out against President Trump's now-rescinded executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

It has been three-quarters of a century since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. The order, issued just over two months after Japan's surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, gave the U.S. military the ability to designate areas "from which any or all persons may be excluded."

Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Sunday that he disagreed with President Donald Trump's recent declaration that the press is "the enemy."

This week the chief of Facebook made an ambitious announcement, though it would have been easy to miss. It came Thursday afternoon – around the same time that President Donald Trump held his press conference. While the reality-TV icon is a genius at capturing our attention, the technology leader's words may prove to be more relevant to our lives, and more radical.

In the span of a single sentence, President Trump managed to flummox a nation.

"We've got to keep our country safe," Trump said at a campaign-style rally Saturday in Melbourne, Fla. "You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden — Sweden, who would believe this?"

Swedes, in turn, answered Trump's question with a question of their own: "Wait — what?"

The Iraqi offensive to retake the western half of Mosul has begun, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced Sunday. The long-awaited assault comes just over a month after Iraqi forces largely cleared Islamic State militants from the districts east of the Tigris River in the major Iraqi city.

To paraphrase an age-old saying: If at first you don't succeed, well, dust off the historic launch pad and try another liftoff.

What a week it was for Donald Trump.

This is a two-part story on immigrants and small town viability. Part one aired on this Weekend Edition Saturday. For the full story, listen to both audio segments.

Like thousands of rural towns across the country, Cawker City, Kan., was built for bygone time.

Resident Linda Clover has spent most of her life in Cawker City, and she loves the place, but it's a shell of the town it used to be.

South Korea's government says it's convinced the North Korean regime orchestrated the bizarre poisoning death of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"We are observing this pointless and merciless incident with grave concern," the South Korean Unification Ministry said in a statement Sunday.

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Featured Release This Week From Woods


City Sun Eater In The River Of Light is the ninth album from the Brooklyn-based band Woods. They formed in 2005, so that's nearly an album a year. Songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Jeremy Earl leads the band, and also runs Woods' label, Woodsist Records. Woods is a band that have made their name in the realm of lo-fi psych folk (or freak folk, if you prefer). Their new album is only the second to be recorded in a proper studio. As described by their record label, it's "a dense record...

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SOI Presents: Orchestra Iowa's "A Night in Prague"

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast on February 19th at 4 p.m. and February 20th at 7 p.m. features Orchestra Iowa’s “A Night in Prague” concert. The orchestra performs works by Janáček, Mozart, and Dvořák. In a nod to the Czech history abounding in eastern Iowa, “A Night in Prague” offers a musical exploration of a heritage deeply embedded within our communities. Mozart’s popularity in the Czech capital increased with his overwhelmingly successful premiere of his 38th Symphony,...

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