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Working from "Home"

Feb 17, 2015
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The Branstad Administration’s Home Base Iowa is helping military veterans find new jobs across the state.  The program launched last May is adding both prospective employers and employees at a good pace.

Home Base Iowa is on a mission to provide educational and employment opportunities to veterans already here or because of the downsizing of the Department of Defense, those who may be considering Iowa as a place to live and work.

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At Findley Elementary School in Des Moines, art teacher Lisa Hesse begins her morning class by standing with her students in a circle as relaxing music plays.

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In Iowa, there are around 6,000 kids in the foster care system. While many of those are children of color, foster parents are mostly white. How much does it matter?

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Gov. Branstad today gave his clearest signal to date that he is prepared to sign a gas tax increase into law. 

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Talks about an increase of ten cents a gallon to the state’s gas tax have really been the dominant topic to come out the statehouse this session.  IPR's Clay Masters speaks with Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell about the gas tax and other issues being discussed at the statehouse. 

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The value of farmland in the Corn Belt is dipping. In Iowa value dropped 7 percent last year. 

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This Valentine's Day weekend, along with chocolate and flowers, you can add one more tool to your arsenal: science.

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With at least one million gallons of crude oil and ethanol passing through Iowa on a single freight train, derailments like the one last week a few miles from Dubuque are a major concern.

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The deadline to sign up for insurance under Iowa’s health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act is Sunday. 

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Vice President Joe Biden says he’ll decide whether or not he’s running for president in 2016 in the coming months.Biden made a trip to Iowa Thursday, known for its first in the nation caucuses where many presidential campaigns start.

  The Vice President flew to Des Moines to talk to students at Drake University about the administration’s education policies. He also visited Ankeny-based Des Moines Area Community College to talk about the president’s plan for free tuition. He says the trip is not about testing the 2016 waters.

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has been suspended without pay for six months. Jon Stewart says he’s leaving The Daily Show.

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Alton Brown won’t disclose the restaurants he’s going to sample in Iowa next week, but he says they have been chosen.

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How much do you really know about where you food comes from? Could you grow enough food to sustain yourself and your family in a garden?

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A Cedar Rapids psychiatrist is concerned with the closing of the Mt. Pleasant Mental Health Institute and a general lack of mental health services, including specialized residential programs.

The closing of Mt. Pleasant means the state's only residential program that caters to people with both psychiatric and substance abuse issues will discontinue.  Dr. Al Whitters says this is a much-needed service.

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A new “Heritage Byway” could soon be coming to Iowa. Extending from Northwood, down to Lamoni, the Jefferson Highway will soon be 100 years old, and promoters are working to keep the legend alive. 

Around 17,000 vehicles a day travel between Indianola and Des Moines on Highway 65-69. Old-timers knew it as the Jefferson Highway. Long before Interstate-35, it was the nation’s primary north-south road, from Winnipeg to New Orleans. The various routes still exist, but the historical meaning is quickly fading.

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Democrats in the Iowa Senate fought back against the Branstad administration’s hiring and firing practices.

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Leaders around the globe are meeting in Minsk in an attempt to ease the fighting between pro-Moscow rebels and Ukrainian forces over ground in Eastern Ukraine. 

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The teen birth rate in Iowa is down more than 35 percent since the year 2000.

That’s according to the 2013 Iowa Kids Count report. The annual study released by the Des Moines-based Child and Family Policy Center charts trends in child wellbeing in the state of Iowa.

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When farmers lose 15 to 25 percent of their crop, it hurts. And it’s not likely to be covered by crop insurance, which covers greater losses.

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A bipartisan senate committee voted overwhelmingly to ease the penalties for some cases of first-time marijuana possession.  

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Measles is on the rise in the U.S. More than 100 people nationwide have been diagnosed in January alone.

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For years the common wisdom was that kids need to sit still and listen in order to concentrate. New research suggests that's not the case.

For the first year of his life, John Reichard lived in a house where university students cared for him. They called him "Baby Ned."

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Sunday is the deadline to get insured under the Affordable Care Act on healthcare.gov and healthcare organizations are hosting navigation sites across the state. 

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Junior high and high school students from across the state rallied at the capitol today.

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Academic counselors from the University of Iowa will be on the campus of the American Institute of Business in Des Moines this week.

States Propose Legalizing Raw Milk to Limit Sales

Feb 10, 2015
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The federal government banned raw milk sales across state lines nearly three decades ago because it poses a threat to public health.

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Iowa state senators today questioned Greene County social worker Sherry Bates, Governor Branstad’s nominee to the Iowa Board of Regents.

Cedar Rapids Democrat Liz Mathis did not vote to send Bates’s nomination to the full Senate, saying she wants more information about the nominee. Mathis says there’s some concern that Bates is registered as an independent on the state’s voter rolls, instead of Republican or Democrat.

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Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter denies that there’s a political agenda behind a new proposed funding formula for Iowa's three state universities.

A persistent pooch named Sissy snuck out of her Cedar Rapids home on Friday morning, in a quest to find her owner.

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