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5:04 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Bread Bags--Iowa's New Cultural Icon?

Grocery leftovers or fashionable footwear?
SV Johnson Flickr

In her State of the Union response, freshman Senator Joni Ernst repeated an anecdote from her victory speech evoking her "down-home" upbringing.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:50 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

High Court Says Defendant's Good Deed Did Not Sway Jury in Opinion of Codefendant

Illustration by Eric Molinsky
Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction

The Iowa Supreme Court says the good deed of one defendant did not unfairly sway the jury's opinion of his codefendant. 

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Horticulture
1:50 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Stop and Smell the Orchids

Just because its January, doesn't mean there aren't flowers in bloom. 

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Education
10:41 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Rachel Barton Pine on her new Mozart concerto set

Rachel Barton Pine, who performed recently in Ames as part of the period-instrument group Trio Settecento, has just released her first recording with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner - and last week, she talked with me about it. The set includes all of Mozart's concertos for violin and it's outstanding. In 0ur interview, she talks about why each concerto is a mini-opera, the value of writing your own cadenzas, the lessons a "modern-instrument" player can learn from playing period instruments (although she uses her modernized Guarneri  on this set), and more.

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Statehouse and Politics
10:26 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Iowa Tourism Against Early School Start

Mercedes Potter sits on a dinosaur at an Iowa gas station.
Mercedes Potter

Iowa’s tourism industry does not support a bill in the Iowa House that would allow school districts and private accredited schools to begin the academic year earlier than Sept. 1.  The industry worries an earlier start to the school year would deplete the high-school-age workforce during late summer.

Gaela Wilson of the Iowa Group Travel Association says tourism greatly affects small town economies since summertime dollars flow into the rest of the community.

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Health
5:45 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Grassley says Congressional Hearings Possible on Co-Opportunity

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley during a visit in 2015 to his home state’s Capitol in Des Moines.
John Pemble IPR

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa wants details of Co-Opportunity Health's collapse and isn't ruling out congressional hearings.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Poultry Industry Worried by Bird Flu Outbreak

The turkeys in this barn on Noel Thompson’s farm in central Iowa are tested routinely for disease, including avian influenza. No bird flu has been found in the commercial poultry industry in this country.
Amy Mayer/IPR

Since a highly contagious strain of bird flu was found in the U.S. in December, many countries have closed their doors to American poultry.

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Religion and Science
5:18 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Are Religion and Science like Oil and Water?

Some believe science and religion can't coexist. Troy Van Voorhis disagrees.
fusky Flickr

When Troy Van Voorhis became a chemistry professor at MIT, he started getting questions from his students: Did science eliminate the need for religion? Did you have to be an atheist to be a good scientist?

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:24 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Corrections Director: I'm Embarrassed by Prison Delays

Iowa State Penitentiary
Iowa Public Radio

Iowa’s top prison official was in the hot seat at the Capitol.   

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Religion
4:20 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

The Ten Commandments' Prevalence Today

Ten Commandments Monument at Courthouse Square in Mount Vernon, Indiana
J. Stephen Conn

While many see the Ten Commandments as a simple and powerful set of laws to live by; they are also a lightning rod for controversy in this country.

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Arts and Culture
9:41 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Exploring Mississippi River Towns

Iowa Sunrise along the Mississippi River
Gayle Harper

When a raindrop falls into the headwaters of the Mississippi River, it spends the next 90 days making its way to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Health
7:13 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Telemed Abortion, Under Fire and Unique to Iowa

Planned Parenthood Rosenfield Center Manager Fiona Tubmen-Scovack (left) and Dr. Jill Meadows demonstrate telemed technology.
Sarah Boden/Iowa Public Radio

Today marks the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S.  Supreme Court ruling which over turned state laws banning abortion. 

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Education
6:15 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Battle Lines Drawn over Money for Schools

Old School
alamosbasement/flickr

A yearly battle over how much of a raise to give K-12 schools is getting underway early at the statehouse this year.   

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Politics Day
5:28 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

State of the Union 2015: Realistic Ideas or Pipedreams?

screen shot

As President Barack Obama enters his last two years of the presidency, he faces a Republican majority in Congress.

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Statehouse and Politics
7:54 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Ernst Gives Response to State of the Union

Iowa's junior senator, Republican Joni Ernst, pictured at the statehouse on Friday, gave her party's response to the State of the Union.
John Pemble/IPR

The annual State of the Union address last night offered a national spotlight for Iowa’s junior senator.

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Mental Health Services
6:51 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

What Mental Health Institutes Closures Mean for Southern Iowa

The mental health institution in Independence, Iowa.
kc7fys Flickr

In the budget proposal he released last week, Governor Branstad quietly cut funding for two of Iowa's four mental health institutes.

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Home Improvement Day
4:59 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Facts and Fictions of Home Improvement Shows

Home improvement television shows are fun to watch, but how much can they teach us?
Jill Flickr

A radical home makeover makes for great tv, but the projects on home improvement shows aren’t always what they seem.  

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Transportation
4:08 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Iowa Cities to Determine Regulations for Uber This Year

screenshot of Uber's log-in page

David Stoltze has been driving for Uber for about a month now. He says the work is pretty straightforward. 

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Statehouse and Politics
2:51 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Organic Farmers: Pesticide Drift Kills

Farmers Union President Jana Linderman says more controls are necessary to prevent pesticides from reaching unintended fields.
Joyce Russell/IPR

Specialty crop farmers were at the capitol today complaining of damage to their produce from pesticide drift.

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Statehouse and Politics
12:04 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Grassley Wants Bankruptcy Protections for Farmers

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says when Congress passed bankruptcy reform in 2005, it allowed farmers to sell portions of their property without paying capital gains tax. He says the U.S. Supreme Court undercut this protection in 2012.
cwwycoff1/Flickr

Iowa’s senior U.S. senator put forth legislation today to protect farmers during bankruptcy.

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Statehouse and Politics
7:06 am
Tue January 20, 2015

The Political Clout of Unbeatable Branstad

Iowa Governor Terry at the Capitol during an open house celebrating his 6th inauguration.
John Pemble IPR

The Republican Governor of Iowa is on track to become the longest serving Governor in the history of the United States. Terry Branstad was sworn into his sixth non-consecutive term last week.

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MLK Observance
6:13 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Alveda King: Forgive Racial Injustice

Alveda King
Joyce Russell/IPR

Niece of  slain civil rights leader speaks in Des Moines.

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Statehouse and Politics
1:40 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

First Week in Congress: "Like Drinking Out of a Hose"

Rep. David Young (R-IA) represents most of southwest Iowa in the U.S. House of Represenatives.
Young of Iowa

Iowa Congressman David Young says his first week in Congress was extremely busy.

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Education
12:00 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Minority Students Dream to Teach

Sarai Tillinghast with Dream to Teach students San San Te and Josiah McGhee.
Credit Rob Dillard

Sarai Tillinghast is encouraging minority students to become teachers in Des Moines. She shares moments from her own meaningful career to convince them to join the ranks. Here's the story of the project known as Dream to Teach.

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Travel
5:19 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Friendship Through World Travel: "All it takes is one person to open your eyes to the world"

Janna Graber and Melanie Zepeda
Courtesy of Janna Graber

Janna Graber never considered international travel until she met Iowa native, Melanie Zepeda.

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News Buzz
4:24 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Cyber-Vandalism, Cyber-Crime, and other Digital Threats to the U.S.

An online interactive map showing current cyber attacks worldwide
IP Viking - http://map.ipviking.com/

Several U.S. military social media accounts were hacked this week by those claiming allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.

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Statehouse and Politics
1:37 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Branstad Sworn in for Sixth Term

Days before his 6th inauguration Governor Terry Branstad enters the Iowa House of Representatives to deliver his 2015 Condition of the State speech.
Photo by John Pemble

Governor Terry Branstad was sworn in for his sixth non-consecutive term as governor in Des Moines surrounded by many supporters including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.  

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Aging
1:07 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

What First Marathons and Extramarital Affairs Have in Common

Shortly before Denny Henrich turned 50, he ran his first marathon. 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Colorado Farmers Work to Ensure Diversity in Rare Sheep Breed

Black Welsh Mountain sheep, a rare breed, graze at Desert Weyr, a farm near Paonia, Colo.
Laura Palmisano for Harvest Public Media

Federal researchers are on a mission to back up the genetic material of the plants and animals that the nation’s food supply depends on. 

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Iowa Outdoors
4:58 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Combat Winter Blues with Outdoor Fun

Cross-country is one popular winter activity in Iowa.
Will_Cyclist Flickr

Winter is the time we're most tempted to bundle up and stay inside. But sunlight and exercise can be our best natural allies for the winter blues.

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