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

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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.

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. 

The bill allows for judges to sentence juveniles guilty of first-degree murder to life without parole, life with the possibility of parole, and life with the possibility of parole only after 35 years.  

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

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Veronica Hamly has lived her entire life between categories.

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

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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.   IPR's Clay Masters talks with Joyce Russell about the actions by House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) as well as the grim possibilities of lawmakers passing a hike to the state's minimum wage.

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Drastic climate change and disease is threatening the lives of camels in East Africa and the herders who rely on them.  

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is speaking in Iowa this week to gauge support for a presidential run in 2016. 

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A group of men were harassing a woman in Ames when bystander Cale Truhlsen of West Des Moines stepped in to try and stop it.    

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The Iowa Supreme Court says it’s legal for cities to issue tickets to vehicle owners using traffic cameras. Attorney Michael Jacobsma, who represented himself, says the city of Sioux City denied him due process when he was mailed a citation, after his vehicle was spotted by a traffic camera going 67 miles per hour in a 55-mile-per-hour speed zone. 

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Temperatures outside have been frigid, but there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy gardening and prepare for the spring.

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Senate Democrats want to reduce the number of African-Americans in prison.

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The Kepler mission has found thousands of potentially habitable planets. But how can we truly know if they sustain life?

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When the birth control pill was introduced in 1960, it gave women the power to prevent pregnancy. With that option came freedom. 

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Iowa’s newest land trust aims to connect young farmers looking for land with farmers looking to retire.

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If you’re in the market for fluorescent light bulbs, you might talk to Chris Smiley.

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Dan and Diane Folkers gave up their middle-class lives to move to the remote mountains of Papua New Guinea more than two years ago.

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Many in Iowa know Dan Gable’s name as a part of wrestling legend. How much do we know about the man himself?  

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There was an angry debate in the Iowa House Education Committee.

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Political action committees (PACs) for presidential hopefuls are focusing on Iowa and New Hampshire - with some groups channeling up to 95% of their political donations to local politicians in the two states.

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Juvenile court officers are painting a bleak picture for delinquent girls since the state’s training school closed.   

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Seattle musician Damien Jurado is spending a bit of time in Iowa this week playing more intimate shows. The early pioneer of Seattle’s singer-songwriter circle has been recording music and touring for nearly two decades. He performs Wednesday at Dordt College in Sioux Center and in a Coraville living room on Friday. He says this kind of venues offers fans a more personal setting.

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Up until four years ago, Iowa felons were given back voting rights after finishing their prison sentences. 

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A bill that bans minors from commercial tanning beds due to risk of skin cancer has cleared a committee in the Iowa House, despite objections from a coalition of Republicans on the panel.  

Rep. Ken Rizer, a Republican from Cedar Rapids, says parents should decide whether their 16 or 17 year old can tan since older teens are legally able to participate in other potentially hazardous activities. 

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There’s a new music festival coming to Des Moines this summer.

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