Durrie Bouscaren


Durrie Bouscaren was a general assignment reporter with Iowa Public Radio from March 2013 through July 2014.

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A body found in the Des Moines River is suspected to be that of abducted 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard, according to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. An autopsy will be conducted this morning to confirm identification.

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MidAmerican Energy says it will not build a nuclear power plant in Iowa, based on results of a ratepayer-funded feasibility study completed months earlier than expected.  

Based on results of the study, MidAmerican Energy announced it would not pursue building a large-scale power plant until nearer the end of the decade; it will decide then what kind of plant will be built.

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With the severity of upcoming rainfall uncertain, the University of Iowa is taking some of the most significant measures since 2008 to protect the campus against potential flooding.

Personnel at the University of Iowa are sandbagging and constructing temporary flood barriers around some campus buildings. And 84 students will need to move out of Mayflower Residence Hall, the same dormitory that was flooded in 2008.

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Days before Commencement at the University of Iowa, the music school’s Brass Quintet practices an old favorite.

From graduation ceremony to graduation ceremony, the tune never changes. But what is changing, is how graduates are mapping their careers afterward. Tuba player and PhD candidate Blaine Cunningham explains.

“Being a musician, sometimes we need to be creative with our jobs. I play with an orchestra, I teach at a couple colleges, I’m a freelance musician so I play a lot of gigs in the community, I teach private lessons,” he says.

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The search for 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard in northern central Iowa has gripped the small community of Dayton as investigations into the abduction continue. The community has rallied together. While some help with the search, others are focused on helping each other cope.

Fewer than one thousand people live here in rural Dayton, but the population swelled as volunteers poured in to help search for the 15-year-old abducted as she walked home from the bus stop on Monday.  

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Investigators in Dayton say blood evidence found in a hog confinement has tested positive as belonging to Kathlynn Shepard. The 15-year-old has been missing since she and another teen were abducted Monday—the younger girl escaped.

The blood was found at the hog confinement where the girls were taken following their abduction, and on the body of abductor Michael Klunder. An autopsy on Klunder ruled his death a suicide by hanging.

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7-th grader Dezirea Hughes of Dayton has identified herself as the 12-year-old who escaped an abduction Monday afternoon as she and her friend, Kathlynn Shepard, walked home from the bus stop. Shepard is still missing, and search crews continue to look for her in the surrounding area.

With her daughter back, Hughes’ mother, Jeanette Andrews, says life in the small community of Dayton will change.

"I didn’t believe the phone call. I thought I heard her say a man took me, I wasn’t sure if that’s what I really heard."

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Investigators continue to search the area surrounding Dayton, Iowa for Kathlynn Shepard, a teenager abducted earlier this week as she walked home from the bus stop.  A twelve-year-old who was taken with her escaped shortly after the kidnapping and is, except for scratches on her arms and legs, unharmed. 

The events have rocked Dayton, a small town of fewer than 1,000 residents. A local church held a vigil last night for 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard, who has been missing since Monday afternoon.

State troopers narrowed their search Wednesday morning for 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard. She was abducted Monday while walking home from the bus stop in Dayton, Iowa with a younger girl who escaped soon afterwards. Their suspected abductor was found dead later that day. Despite the efforts search party of more than 300 members of law enforcement and volunteers from the area, Shepard has not been found.

Special Agent Bill Keitzman with the Iowa DCI says Wednesday’s search focuses on a smaller area.

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As she led reporters around displays of the pins she wore during her career, it was as if Madeleine Albright were introducing old friends at a family reunion.

With each pin came a memory for the former Secretary of State; crucial diplomatic decisions, casual moments in the White House, and tense meetings with international heads of state… including Kim Jong-Il. 

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In the summer of 2000, then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright attended a summit with Bill Clinton and Russian president Vladmir Putin. At the time, Russia had invaded Chechnya, amid reports of human rights abuses and violations of international law.

Albright, who had become known for her decorative pins that carried symbolic messages in diplomatic meetings, wore a pin of three monkeys representing the proverb, “See no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil.”

She says President Clinton was skeptical.

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As jail administrator Dave Wagner walks through the Johnson County Jail, he points out mats in a group holding cell that can be rolled out for inmates to sleep on temporarily when there aren’t enough beds.

"We could have 15 in here, whatever space we have on the floor, we would use," he said. The space is only intended for eight people.

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It’s with pride that museum president and founding member Tom Moore moves between exhibits at the African American History Museum of Iowa.

"My hero is Alexander Clark," he says with a grin. "Clark was very instrumental in integrating Iowa’s classrooms,"

In 1867, nearly a hundred years before the Civil Rights Movement, Clark sued the Iowa's public schools in Clark v. Board of Directors to allow his daughter to attend the school near their home. He won, making Iowa one of the first states to have a law for the integration of schools.

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Iowa City is testing new parking meters for their downtown shopping district, known as smart meters. They take credit cards and allow parkers to pay with their phones, and are slowly popping up in communities throughout Iowa.

But the hard part is often teaching people how to use them.

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Flash flood warnings have been issued across eastern Iowa, and communities are bracing themselves for heavy rain through the end of the week. 

In Solon, about 15 people scrambled to fill sand bags and load them onto volunteers’ pickup trucks Wednesday afternoon. Some were bound for their neighborhoods; others, to a daycare down the road.

Tom Trump drove a load of sandbags back to his subdivison on the south side of Solon, where a large pool of water was slowly creeping up to his neighbors’ basement windows.

Iowan runners recount scene at the Boston Marathon

Apr 15, 2013
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158 Iowans were registered to run in Monday’s Boston Marathon, where two explosions killed three and injured more than 170 others.

Jeanine Penticoff of Cedar Rapids was about a half mile away from the finish line when officials stopped the race.

“There were a lot of family members that were waiting at the finish line, that were associated with the runners we were running alongside, so there was just a lot of worry and concern,” Penticoff said.  

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The brewers at the Cedar Ridge Distillery are bottling and packaging a whiskey brewed with malted barley… if it were made in Scotland, you’d call it scotch.

They say it’s the first single-malt whiskey produced in Iowa.