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Internal Review of Iowa Senate Sexual Harassment Complaints Will Be Released

The top Republican in the Iowa Senate today announced new steps to address workplace culture. It’s the latest development following a $1.75 million sexual harassment settlement for former Senate staffer Kirsten Anderson, who described overt sexual comments in the GOP caucus. In a news release, Majority Leader Bill Dix announced former Ambassador and former Republican Senate President Mary Kramer has agreed to serve as a volunteer advisor to the Iowa Senate to improve the workplace culture....

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Before they dress their turkeys, mash potatoes or pull piping hot pies from the ovens this Thanksgiving, people will tie on aprons.

It's the stories and people behind those aprons that have delighted EllynAnne Geisel for years.

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, apologized to his constituents in a statement Wednesday for a lewd photo of him that was published anonymously Tuesday on Twitter. The congressman said that he sent the photo to a woman he was in a consensual relationship with while separated from his second wife.

"I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down," the statement read.

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The Madison County Historic Preservation Association says it’s halfway to its goal of raising more than half-a-million dollars to replace a historic bridge destroyed by arson last April.  Brenda Hollingsworth is the association’s program manager.  She says the fundraising goal for replacing the Cedar Bridge near Winterset is $550,000.

“We are at, $246,000 dollars," says Hollingsworth.  "We have made an application for A Great Places grant that would pay for the remainder of that and we will know by December 15th whether or not we’ve received that grant.”

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Myanmar says it has struck a tentative deal with neighboring Bangladesh for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled across the border amid a brutal military crackdown.

The Yam That Deserves To Win The Internet

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It didn't exactly break the Internet, but there is no denying that it's an eye-catching photo: a smiling man holding a yam that is about 3 feet long.

"That's the biggest one I've seen from that particular species," says Paul Wilkin, the head of natural capital and plant health at the United Kingdom's Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Ever since Lucy Nabiki Takona was a young girl growing up in a village not far from the Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya, she knew she wanted to have a career in education.

So when her father told her at age 14 that she would have to drop out of school to marry the son of her father's friend, she ran away. It took her three days to walk through the bush to her aunt's house.

Some major changes may be coming to how the U.S. government collects data about the country's racial and ethnic makeup.

The Trump administration has been considering proposals to ask about race and ethnicity in a radical new way on the 2020 Census and other surveys that follow standards set by the White House.

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Kurt Vile is the American (born in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania) and Courtney Barnett is the (Sydney born) Australian. Vile has a few years on Barnett, both in terms of time on the planet and length of career; their new collaboration Lotta Sea Lice is Kurt's seventh album. For Courtney, it's full-length number two. However, balance is achieved by virtue of Barnett attracting a bit more music-world buzz the past couple of years. Lotta Sea Lice is a set of songs from two unpretentious musicians who...

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Brucemorchestra X Thanksgiving Day Special

Four world-class vocalists, four choirs, and Orchestra Iowa performing Beethoven’s glorious 9 th Symphony. Don’t miss a note as IPR brings you Brucemorchestra X on Thanksgiving Day! The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre collaborated with Orchestra Iowa to present soprano Rebecca Nash, mezzo-soprano Janara Kellerman, tenor Ta’u Pupu’a and bass-baritone Daniel Sumegi performing famous operatic arias by Bizet, Verdi, Rossini, and more. The 10th anniversary bash concludes with members of the Cedar...

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