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11:11 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Iowa Lawmakers prepare for funnel deadline

Iowa Legislature in session
John Pemble

As Iowa lawmakers prepare for the first so-called "funnel deadline," of the 2015 session IPR Statehouse correspondent Joyce Russell talks with IPR's Julie Englander about sifting through the items on the slate in the coming weeks. 

Statehouse and Politics
6:00 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Paulsen: Teacher Raises Too Big

Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says teacher salary raises are too high.
John Pemble/IPR

A standoff between Democrats and Republicans over funding for K-12 schools next year continues at the statehouse.

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News
5:35 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Iowan's 1907 Lusitania Diary

Photographer Chris Fredericksen with his camera in Denmark
Chris Fredericksen Family archives

A newly-translated diary describes a Danish emigrant's journey to America 108 years ago. He came aboard the doomed ocean liner Lusitania when it was brand new. IPR's Rick Fredericksen tells his grandfather's story in the centennial year of the historic sinking of the Lusitania.

Just like today’s emigrants, Europeans came to America long ago in search of a better life. Ellis Island remains an iconic symbol and a favorite landmark for documentarians.

“Tens of millions of us have relatives who came this way, part of the largest human migration in history.”

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News
5:30 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Lusitania Diary Excerpts

Translators were surprised at the excellent condition and penmanship
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

Expanded diary quotes from Chris Fredericksen's journey aboard the Lusitania in 1907. The Danish emigrant would later settle in Harlan, Iowa.

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Statehouse and Politics
8:28 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Cities Fight AT&T over Cell Phone Towers

Cellphone Towers in Lansing, Michigan
Wes Thorpe/flickr

Cell phone companies are going head to head at the statehouse with Iowa’s towns and cities.

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Farming
3:30 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Iowa's Century Farms

Gene Wiese with several generations of the Wiese family
Wiese & Sons

One family, farming the same land generation after generation - this is a dream many farmers share, but not an easy one to realize.

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Profile
12:00 am
Fri February 27, 2015

A Candid Talk About Race

University of Iowa Law Professor Angela Onwuachi-Willig.
Credit University of Iowa Law School

The nation has spent the past month honoring black history. Part of that past includes the lingering disparities between blacks and whites in the U.S.

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News
4:25 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Disconnect

Flickr

A new report by Iowa’s largest utility companies shows hundreds of households are behind on paying their energy bills.  A federal program called LIHEAP provides protection from having the power shut off between November 1st and March 31st. Iowa’s Director Jerry McKim says he’s concerned about those who are not part of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, but there is protection.

“The law says if you haven’t had a payment agreement that you broke in the last 12 months, the utility must, not might, offer you a minimum of 12 months to pay off your past due balance.”

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Baseball
1:15 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Asking Major World Leaders to Sign Along the Laces

Joel Dinda via Flickr

What was Margaret Thatcher's response to being asked to sign a baseball? 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
10:35 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Back from War, On to the Farm

Air Force veteran Sara Creech moved from Florida to a 43-acre farm in North Salem, Ind., to build Blue Yonder Organic Farm.
John Wendle/for Harvest Public Media

Veteran Sara Creech has grown dependent on farming.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
10:18 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Report: Better School Meals Good for Kids, Communities

Soup and broccoli on a cafeteria tray in Northeast Iowa reflect the additional vegetables required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.
Amy Mayer/IPR

The law that sets standards for school meals is up for reauthorization this year.

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Statehouse and Politics
8:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Psych Patient Transfer Called "Inhumane"

Rep. David Heaton (R-Mount Pleasant)
iprimages

Sheriff’s officers and other officials report a shortage of psychiatric treatment beds across the state.

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Health
6:30 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Abortion Reversal Comes to Iowa

Banner outside of Women’s Choice Center in Bettendorf advertizing abortion reversal.
Women’s Choice Center

A 2012 study found 87 percent of women who seek an abortion were highly confident about the decision before receiving any pre-abortion counseling. But what if a woman changes her mind?

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Statehouse and Politics
6:16 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Lawmakers Concerned Over Fast-tracking Medicaid Modernization

Iowa capitol
John Pemble IPR

The Iowa Department of Human Services is seeking bids to outsource parts of the more than $4 billion  Medicaid program. 

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Iowa Board of Regents
5:07 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Regents Appoint Search Committee

University of Iowa President Sally Mason testifies at a budget hearing at the Iowa Statehouse
John Pemble IPR

Iowa’s Board of Regents has released the names of a 21-person search committee that’ll be recommending candidates to be the University of Iowa’s next president.

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Home Improvement
1:50 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

How to Put Up a New Shed This Spring

Tonniedixon via Wikimedia Commons

There are many different ways to approach putting up a new shed, from buying one prefab to building your own.

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Drones
1:25 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

New Commercial Drone Rules Released

This 'quad-copter' is one example of the unmanned aerial systems that could be used by Iowa businesses under the new FAA rules.
Budi Nusyirwan Flickr

This month the Federal Aviation Administration released proposed guidelines for commercial unmanned aerial systems—commonly known as ‘drones.’

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Statehouse and Politics
7:11 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Court Hears Case Against Governor Branstad

Iowa Judicial Branch Building
John Pemble IPR

Attorneys in a lawsuit over the closing of the Iowa Juvenile Home for Girls in Toledo presented oral arguments before the Iowa Supreme Court.   

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
5:03 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Iowa Senate to Vote on New Protections for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims

Flickr / Hibr

A bill in the Iowa Senate aims to expand the legal protections of domestic violence victims.

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2016 Elections
4:25 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Online Voter Registration Coming to Iowa

Flickr / Daniel Morrison

As Iowa’s Secretary of State works to implement online voter registration, the Iowa legislature weighs in.

A subcommittee in the Iowa Senate is considering a bill that allows voters to provide their birth date and a unique identifying number, like the last four digits of a Social Security number, to register to vote online. Voters would then verify their identity with an electronic signature. 

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Statehouse and Politics
4:06 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Gas Tax Hike Headed for the Governor's Desk

Senator Tod Bowman (D-Maquoketa)
Joyce Russell/IPR

With broad bipartisan votes, the Iowa House and Senate approved a bill raising Iowa’s gasoline tax by 10 cents a gallon.

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Summer Camp
4:00 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

School Start Date Debate Affects Summer Camps

postcards sent to campers from counselors
Katherine Perkins Iowa Public Radio

Summer Program Director at the Des Moines YMCA Camp Alex Kretzinger says its difficult to develop schedules for summer camp not knowing when school will start next fall.

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Environment
2:19 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

ISU Gets New Boilers for Cleaner Power

A boiler that will use natural gas to generate power at Iowa State University sits on the trailer that hauled it from the train yard in Boone to the Ames campus.
Amy Mayer/IPR

Three new natural gas-powered boilers are moving Iowa State University closer to compliance with new federal environmental regulations.

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Legislative Day
12:57 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Iowa Senator: "Not a single patient has been helped" by cannabis oil policy

Mark / flickr https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode

Last year's legislation that decriminalized possession of cannabis oil for treatment of chronic epilepsy has not changed much for Iowa patients hoping to use the drug for treatment.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
11:39 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Iowa Senate Mulls Juvenile Sentencing

Barbed wire fence at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville.

A subcommittee in the Iowa Senate chose not to pass the current version of a juvenile sentencing bill, but instead are looking for suggestions on how to improve the legislation. 

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River to River
4:07 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Iowa Senate Considering Ban on LGBT Conversion Therapy

John Pemble

So-called conversion therapy seeks to change the sexual orientation of gay and lesbian youth.

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Iowa Life
3:33 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Life on the Line: Between Abled and Disabled

Courtesy of Veronica Hamly

Veronica Hamly has lived her entire life between categories.

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Running
3:00 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Lisa Uhl Aims for Rio in 2016

Courtesy of Lisa Uhl

Fort Dodge native and professional runner Lisa Uhl is hoping to make her mark in the marathon in the next Olympic games.

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Statehouse and Politics
8:17 am
Mon February 23, 2015

More Privacy Sought for Public Employees

Iowa State Capitol
Photo by John Pemble

Iowa public employees would have more privacy while forming a union under proposed legislation in the Iowa House.  

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Statehouse and Politics
8:15 am
Mon February 23, 2015

A Hike for the Gas Tax Likely, Not for Minimum Wage

Iowa capitol
John Pemble IPR

Iowa lawmakers pushed a hike to the state’s gas tax even further along last week. A bill to raise the state's gas tax by ten cents a gallon is on the fast track at the statehouse. 

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