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House Republicans Advance 'Fetal Heartbeat' Legislation

An Iowa House committee Thursday advanced what could become the strictest abortion law in the nation ahead of a legislative deadline. It would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. That provision is attached to a bill that puts limits on the donation and use of fetal tissue. Democratic lawmakers accused Republicans of being willing to risk women’s lives to make an ideological point. “We’re not talking about ideology here,” said...

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STD Rates On The Rise In Des Moines County

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

After having trouble obtaining drugs needed for lethal injections, Oklahoma is planning to change its primary method of execution to nitrogen gas inhalation.

It would be the first time a U.S. state uses this method of execution, though six states have gas inhalation in their laws as a secondary method to lethal injection, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Genetic mutations are the driving force of evolution, and now scientists have managed to study the effect of mutations in exquisite detail by watching what happens as they pop up in single cells.

Only about one percent of mutations were bad enough to kill off the cell, according to a report published Thursday in Science. Most of the time, these small changes in its DNA appeared to have no effect at all.

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This is FRESH AIR. Music critic Milo Miles has a review of two new albums by the Kronos Quartet. They're each collaborations - one with a group from Mali, the other with Laurie Anderson.

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Every person who has seen the Las Vegas Strip in the past three decades has experienced Steve Wynn's impact. The 1989 grand opening of his brainchild, the Mirage Resort & Casino, ushered an era of excitement and creativity into an otherwise stagnating tourism industry and set an example that the Strip still follows. The Mirage property was unprecedented in its size and upscale show offerings, but the design of the building itself was groundbreaking. This was the first time that Las Vegas had seen a casino function as a carefully designed sensory experience.

South Korea's 51 million people have been under existential threat for so long that they've largely normalized the risks posed to them by North Korea. After all, Seoul has been the target of Pyongyang's espionage plots and tunnels and artillery since Korea split in two more than 60 years ago.

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The Trump administration imposed new sanctions against Russia on Thursday, slapping punitive measures on 19 people and five entities over their alleged role in Moscow's interference in the 2016 election and other "destructive" cyberattacks.

Peter Sands took over this month as the new head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. But before he'd even officially taken his seat at the Fund's offices in Geneva, he was under attack for a new partnership with Heineken.


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Featured Release This Week From Franz Ferdinand + Studio One Tracks Top 30 Playlist

No doubt many have googled "Franz Ferdinand" and stumbled upon the fact that this was the guy whose assassination sparked World War I. The band Franz Ferdinand began in Glasgow, Scotland in 2002. They liked the alliteration of the name, and mused that perhaps one day they would be more well-known than the Archduke himself. Releasing a solid, danceable indie rock album like Always Ascending every few years can only help to make that more and more likely. Here are...

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Iowa Arts Showcase: Interview with DMOA Director on Charles Thwaites

“There are 1,000 ways to paint, why limit yourself to one manner?” – Charles Thwaites, 1947 The Wisconsin painter Charles Thwaites was the rare artist who excelled at both realist and abstract styles. His transition from one to the other was smooth and almost effortless, and he succeeded at both with confidence and originality. The Dubuque Museum of Art is showcasing 43 Thwaites paintings, drawings, and prints drawn from the collection of MOWA in West Bend, Wisconsin. This Iowa Arts Showcase...

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