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Statehouse GOP Hiring H.R. Director To Hear Sexual Harassment Complaints

Statehouse Republicans are interviewing candidates, hoping to have a new human resources professional on hand before the legislature reconvenes next month. The new position is being created after a former GOP Senate staffer won a $1.75 million settlement alleging a sexually-charged work environment. After some false starts, the Republican-controlled House and Senate are working together to make the hire. The new director will hear sexual harassment complaints and advise legislative leaders...

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A secret Pentagon program existed for at least three years and spent more than $20 million in research on UFOs, according to multiple media reports published Saturday.

The program reportedly examined cases including incidents of military pilots claiming to have seen flying objects that appeared to "defy the laws of physics."

Grizelle González is an ecologist who's worked at El Yunque National Forest for 25 years — first as a student and then as a researcher with the U.S. Forest Service. The 46-year-old has a deep attachment to the tropical rainforest. Even now, she gets emotional when she recalls what El Yunque looked like after Hurricane María hit the island on Sept. 20.

"It was completely defoliated," she says, tears welling in her eyes. "The canopy was completely gone. It was almost like a desert landscape."

From the airwaves of conservative media to the hearing rooms of the House of Representatives, Republican allies of the White House are attacking the Department of Justice investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Office holiday parties have always posed a liability for employers, as coworkers mix with one another with plenty of company-supplied alcohol. Sensitivity is running particularly high this year, though, as new sexual harassment allegations emerge against high-profile figures every day.

Office holiday functions do serve a legitimate business purpose: They can boost morale and reward workers for jobs well done.

Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., who has been haunted for two weeks by allegations of sexual harassment, said Saturday that he will not seek re-election in 2018.

Kihuen's announcement comes a day after the House Ethics Committee said it has opened an investigation looking into the allegations leveled at the 37-year-old freshman congressman by a former campaign aide.

In a statement, Kihuen reiterated that he had done nothing wrong and said he looked forward to being cleared of any allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Mavis Staples was in the forefront of the civil rights movement in the 1960's, singing and marching along with her siblings and her father Pops Staples. In December of 2016, Mavis went to Washington to receive the Kennedy Center Honors from President Barack Obama, with whom she has had a long standing friendship. She invited her friend Jeff Tweedy along for the weekend's festivities. Mavis and the Wilco frontman spent a lot of time discussing current events, and the similarities between today...

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Matthew Coley Brings Holiday Music to Studio One!

Matthew Coley’s marimba music is taking over IPR’s Studio One on Wednesday, December 6 th at noon! IPR’s Performance Iowa is excited to bring you the Heartland Marimba Festival’s Matthew Coley performing holiday favorites as well as impressive arrangements of Preludes and Fugues from Book Two of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier . Tune in on Wednesday, December 6 th at noon for this magical live Studio One Performance Iowa broadcast!

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