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Senate Panel OK's Bill to Ease Penalties for First-Time Marijuana Possession

A bill to ease the penalties for first-time possession of small amounts of marijuana cleared a Republican-dominated panel at the statehouse Thursday. GOP lawmakers stressed that marijuana would still be illegal, but possessing five grams or less would be a simple misdemeanor instead of a serious misdemeanor. Urbandale Republican Brad Zaun says youthful indiscretion is penalized too harshly under the current law: “I give them an opportunity to get that erased from their record. This charge...

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Politics Day: Shutdowns and S---holes

With the 2018 Legislature now in session, stay up to date on the latest bills, activities, and news from the Iowa Statehouse here.

Congress Scrambles To Avoid Shutdown

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With guest host John Harwood.

The shutdown showdown — as a DACA deal fades, Republicans are scrambling for a strategy to keep the government open even if it’s for only one month.

This show airs Thursday at 10 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Washington correspondent for the New York Times. (@SherylNYT)

Ancient Posse

IPR's Studio One Underground series got off to a strong start in 2018, as we enjoyed a great night of music from the long-running Iowa band The Nadas. For February, we're excited to present one of Des Moines' most exciting up-and-coming bands, Ancient Posse!

Describing their music as "synth R&B gaze" and claiming Alpha Centauri as their hometown (per their Facebook page), Ancient Posse make a strong statement with their first single "Windless". The band is currently at work on their debut album, and they already have a lot of buzz about them in the Des Moines area.

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Des Moines is among the first five U.S. cities to be included in an initiative launched by Facebook called Community Boost. It’s designed to help small businesses and job seekers sharpen their social media skills.

In the months since allegations of sexual harassment by major media figures took center stage in the United States, the #MeToo movement has had a ripple effect in Europe, prompting national conversations on a once-taboo topic. In some countries, the movement has been embraced.

But in Italy, the public has largely reacted with scorn and skepticism.

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It starts as a minor inconvenience with no water coming out of the tap, but frozen pipes can quickly turn into a major crisis. During this hour of Talk of Iowa, home improvement expert Bill McAnally joins host Charity Nebbe to talk about caring for and inspecting your pipes. 

Christian Picciolini was 14 years old when he attended the first gathering of what would become the Hammerskin Nation, a violent, white-power skinhead group. Looking back, he describes his introduction to the group as receiving a "lifeline of acceptance."

"I felt a sort of energy flow through me that I had never felt before — as if I was a part of something greater than myself," he says.

India has successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile. Indian authorities say the launch sent an Agni-V, a missile with a strike range of some 3,100 miles, flying from an island off the country's east coast in midmorning local time Thursday.

In a tweet heralding the test, Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman described it as a "major boost to the defence capabilities of our country."

Listen up, night owls: If you're sleeping six or fewer hours per night, you're not doing your health any favors.

A new study finds that getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night may help you tame your sweet tooth.

We live in an age of heightened awareness about concussions. From battlefields around the world to football fields in the U.S., we've heard about the dangers caused when the brain rattles around inside the skull and the possible link between concussions and the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

This past year, 2017, was among the warmest years on record, according to new data released by NASA and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.

The planet's global surface temperature last year was the second highest since 1880, NASA says. NOAA calls it the third warmest year on record, because of slight variations in the ways that they analyze temperatures.

Both put 2017 behind 2016's record temperatures. And "both analyses show that the five warmest years on record have all taken place since 2010," NASA said in a press release.

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Featured Release This Week From Neil Young & Promise Of The Real + Studio One Tracks Top 30 Playlist

Neil Young maintains his Canadian citizenship (as he makes clear in the video below), but he lives and works in the United States and has opinions about our culture and politics. In recent years, these opinions have fueled a lot of Young's songwriting and much of the passion of his playing as a musician. In this he is supported for the second time on a studio album by the California-based band Promise Of The Real, led by Lukas Nelson, son of Willie Nelson. The albums Young has recorded with...

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