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Costs Mount for Overtime Session; Democrats Blast GOP “Gridlock”

Finance managers in the Iowa House and Senate say it is costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars for the legislature to remain in session past its April 17 th adjournment date. Those costs are expected to rise as the session may continue well into next week, even once House and Senate GOP negotiators reach agreement on taxes and budgets. Chief House Clerk Carmine Boal explains that lawmakers’ expense accounts expired on April 17 th , the scheduled 100 th day of the session, so they are...

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Statehouse Agendas Across the Midwest

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

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The first version of the 2018 farm bill has only minor changes to one of the programs most farmers hold dear and what’s widely seen as their primary safety net: crop insurance.

The program covers all sorts of crops, “from corn to clams,” Iowa State University agriculture economist Chad Hart said. But it’s not like the types of insurance most people are familiar with.

It's feeding time at Brad Felger's farm in Washington's Skagit Valley. And he's about to feed 40 hungry falcons.

Yes, falcons.

They're an important, albeit often unseen, part of farming in some states, used as a defense mechanism to keep away pesky birds like starlings, which love to eat berries and apples.

Since age 12, Felger has had a self-described love for everything with feathers, scales or tails.

"Falconers are, what's the word I'm looking for ... eccentric," Felger says.

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Featured Release This Week From Wye Oak + Studio One Tracks Top 30 Playlist

In a nice bit of synchronicity, Wye Oak's new album The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs was released on the same day that the band played The Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City this month. Since their self-released debut in 2007, the duo from Baltimore have sent a new full-length record into the world every couple of years or so. That debut album was impressive enough to gain re-release on Merge Records, and Wye Oak have been with that well-respected indie label ever since. Beginning with...

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