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Sen. Ernst Supports Obamacare Payments as Insurance Premiums Increase

Sen. Joni Ernst says she wants the federal government to continue making payments for Obamacare subsidies to health insurance companies. President Trump has repeatedly threatened to stop making "cost-sharing reduction" payments. That uncertainty has led the only health insurance company left on Iowa’s exchange to propose a nearly 57 percent rate hike for 2018. Medica originally requested a 43 percent increase. At a town hall in Washington Tuesday, Sen. Ernst said she does not anticipate that...

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A leading Republican senator told reporters on Thursday that President Trump "has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful."

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker was at the Rotary Club of Chattanooga and spoke to local reporters there. In video posted by Chloe Morrison of Nooga.com, Corker added, "And we need for him to be successful. Our nation needs for him to be successful."

Attacker Drives Van Into Barcelona Crowd

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A white van jumped up onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone Thursday in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, swerving from side to side as it plowed into tourists and residents.

NPR’s Camila Domonoske (@camilareads) joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young with the latest.

With reporting from The Associated Press

When comic and cabaret performer Bridget Everett takes the stage, she really takes over. Everett, who is 6 feet tall and plus size, has been known to sit in audience members' laps and even coddle their heads between her breasts during her raunchy live act. "Somebody used to call me a cabaret hurricane," she says.

John Cho sometimes has a hard time taking life in Hollywood seriously. The actor was born in South Korea but grew up in the United States, and he says his experiences are vastly different from the deprivation his father saw as a child in what is now North Korea.

"My dad tried to eat [tree] bark, he was so hungry," Cho says. "Whenever I'm on my way to a premiere or something, I always have a good laugh in the car ... because it's all so absurd — I'm one generation removed from starvation."

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Gun rights activists are renewing their call to allow firearms at the Iowa State Fair, after a violent incident on the fairgrounds Tuesday night.   

A man was stabbed and critically injured in a fight involving four young men on the southwest corner of the fairgrounds.    

On social media, the Iowa Firearms Coalition is urging the state legislature to end the ban.

"If the Iowa State Fair can't stop violent crime during the fair they should allow lawful citizens to adequately protect themselves,"  the organization wrote on Twitter.

Student Voice

A group of students is gathering in Des Moines to talk about the future of education. They want to be part of the conversation about educational priorities.          

A nonprofit called the Iowa Student Learning Institute is behind the meeting among students, community leaders and legislators. Ian Coon co-founded the institute when he was in high school. Now a sophomore at Wartburg College, Coon says students need to be included when talk turns to education.

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August 2017: StoryCorps in Iowa

Iowa Public Radio will host the StoryCorps MobileBooth at Cowles Commons in Des Moines August 3 - September 1. Here's how to get involved!

This summer, IPR is examining the impact of HF 517, as well as other gun issues.

We'll talk about so-called "stand your ground" provisions, how they're being received by communities of color and how gun owners are training in self defense and gun safety.

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Featured Release This Week From Broken Social Scene + Studio One Tracks Top 30 Playlist

Broken Social Scene is a true musical collective, with as many as nineteen members involved in any given project or performance. Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning formed Broken Social Scene in Toronto in 1999. Most of the other members (such as Leslie Feist, Jason Collett, and Emily Haines) have their own separate groups and projects. With so many different players and instruments involved, the group's orchestrated and sometimes experimental music has at times been categorized as baroque pop....

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A French Pianist Powerhouse

“For much of the concert, the audience had to remember to breathe…the exhilaration didn’t let up for a second until her hands came off the keyboard.” That’s what one Washington Post critic was inspired to write after attending a concert featuring the dynamic young pianist Lise de la Salle. Another exclaimed, “She might just be the most exciting young artist in classical music right now.” A native of France, Ms. de la Salle first came to international attention in 2005, at the age of 16, with...

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