Jeneane Beck

Jeneane Beck covered statehouse news for Iowa Public Radio as a Statehouse Reporter until December, 2011.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun March 27, 2011

Expansion of nuclear power in Iowa

Mid American Energy is considering whether to build three nuclear power plants in Iowa. The decision and construction is years away but the company wants legislative approval this year. The bill, once on the fast track, is now under new scrutiny as the crisis at a Nuclear Power Plant in Japan continues. Host Jeneane Beck talks with Mid American Energy CEO William Fehrman outlines Iowa’s energy needs and why he thinks nuclear should be part of the mix. We’ll also hear from economist Mark Cooper who says the costs outweigh the benefits.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun March 20, 2011

Governor Terry Branstad & Water Quality Monitoring

The Iowa legislature is considering controversial new rights for gun owners, expanding nuclear power, and legalizing some online gambling. Host Jeneane Beck talks with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad for the first half of the program. They’ll talk about those issues and more. Then, Jeneane is joined by guests from the Iowa Farm Bureau and Iowa Water and Land Legacy to discuss a proposal to transfer water quality monitoring from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. 

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News
1:00 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Red Light Cameras & Teen Driving

Red light traffic cameras are growing in popularity among Iowa law enforcement, but state legislators are trying to apply the brakes to the idea after hearing from angry constituents. Host Jeneane Beck examines legislation regulating the cameras. Also, a look at the latest restrictions proposed for teen drivers.

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News
1:00 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

Abortion Bills in Iowa Legislature

Two abortion bills are under consideration in the Iowa House. One would place restrictions on abortions after 20 weeks in a pregnancy. The other, which is aimed at triggering a court challenge, bans abortion altogether and sets conception as the time when life begins. We'll find out how common abortion is in the state, and talk with interests on both sides of the issue.

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News
1:00 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Legislative gambling proposals

Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich told state lawmakers at a committee meeting that selling tickets on smart phones is the wave of the future. He says other states are looking at allowing online gambling in various forms, and Iowa doesn't want to be left behind. He says selling lottery tickets online makes sense in a "pay at the pump" era, and when young people are conducting more and more business on their smart phones. Lawmakers are skeptical after the uproar over Touchplay machines. But, other states are moving towards allowing certain forms of online gaming.

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News
1:00 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Job Creation in Iowa

Governor Terry Branstad has an ambitious goal to create 200,000 jobs over the next five years. Host Jeneane Beck talks with the Governor about his job creation plan. We'll also talk about how businesses and community colleges use government incentives to create jobs. Later, join us for the launch of partnership effort between Iowa Public Radio and WNYC in New York, about one year before the Iowa caucuses. 

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News
11:00 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Condition of the Judiciary

The Iowa Supreme Court’s new Chief Justice says the negative reaction to their ruling on same sex marriage now threatens to weaken the entire court system. Justice Mark Cady delivered the annual “Condition of the Judiciary” Wednesday at the statehouse. Iowa Public Radio’s Jeneane Beck reports Cady used the speech to defend the marriage ruling, but failed to dampen opposition. 

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News
11:00 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Culver's Final Address

Governor Chet Culver drew both passionate cheers and tepid applause today (Tuesday) as he delivered his final Condition of the State address to Iowa Lawmakers. Iowa Public Radio’s Jeneane Beck reports the Governor’s supporters are promising to protect his priorities while Republicans immediately went to work to dismantle several of Culver’s key programs.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun October 10, 2010

The Campaign for Preschool

The state’s voluntary pre-school program has become a prominent issue in the Governor’s race. The Democratic incumbent is promising to expand free pre-school but his Republican challenger says the state can’t afford it. Iowa Public Radio’s Jeneane Beck examines how the program is impacting kids, private businesses, and the state budget.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue September 28, 2010

President Obama Visits Des Moines

President Barack Obama received a warm welcome in Des Moines Wednesday but faced tough questions about the economy, Afghanistan, and healthcare. Iowa Public Radio's Jeneane beck reports the President encouraged the give and take but was quick to defend his record.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

Debates Passe?

The debate over whether or not to debate seems louder than usual this election cycle as challengers press the incumbents for more face to face time. But Iowa Public Radio’s Jeneane Beck reports political observers say the commotion is unlikely to impact the number of debates or influence voters.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon September 6, 2010

Deja vu candidates

When voters head to the polls this fall, in some districts the names of the challengers will look as familiar as the incumbents. The most obvious of course is Terry Branstad as he vies for another stint as Governor following a 12 year absence. But Iowa Public Radio's Jeneane Beck reports he's not the only Republican looking to return to the statehouse after some time away.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

No Place to Hunt

Starting this weekend any extra deer licenses for out-of-state hunters go on sale by the Department of Natural Resources. The licenses are typically a hot commodity, despite complaints that there's not enough land in Iowa open for hunting. Iowa Public Radio's Jeneane Beck takes a look at the lengths to which hunters will go to find a place to hunt…and what the state is doing to improve access.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu July 15, 2010

Guard Seeks Retirees

The Iowa National Guard this week announced more than two-dozen send-off ceremonies for the 28-hundred soldiers headed for Afghanistan. The large deployment will make it difficult for the guard to fulfill one of its core missions, to respond to disasters in its home state. To increase the number of boots on the ground, the Guard is now recruiting retired service men and women to serve as its eyes and ears in local communities.

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Education
11:00 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

Healthy Kids Act

As Iowa schools wind down the academic year students may have to say goodbye to some of their favorite snacks in the lunch room. Starting next fall schools must follow new healthy food guidelines. Iowa Public Radio's Jeneane Beck reports the rules are getting mixed reviews from school administrators and students.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

Final Gubernatorial Debate

Two of the Republican candidates for Governor attacked one another’s creditability during the final debate of the Primary season. Bob Vander Plaats questioned Terry Branstad's trustworthiness, while Branstad questioned Vander Plaats understanding of state government. The third candidate Rod Roberts tried to remain above the fray and afterward warned the bickering is dividing the party.

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Business and Economy
11:00 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

Casino Hearing

Several hundred people crammed into a hotel conference room in Johnston today (Tuesday) to voice their support for, or opposition to, four new gaming licenses.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Sat May 1, 2010

Debate Rancor

The Republican candidates for Governor attacked Chet Culver and then each other, during the second debate of the primary campaign yesterday (Saturday). The three GOP hopefuls agreed on most issues but clashed over party loyalty.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Wed April 28, 2010

Handpicking Candidates

With the Republican and Democratic primaries just over a month away, legislative candidates are busy knocking on doors and handing out literature to prospective voters. But there is no primary race in the heavily Democratic House district 69, despite the retirement of long time Des Moines lawmaker Wayne Ford. Ford didn’t announce his intentions until a week and half before the filing deadline to get on the June ballot. Iowa Public Radio’s Jeneane beck reports some democrats are accusing party leaders of keeping the retirement a secret to avoid a primary race.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

Session Ends

The Iowa Legislature adjourned over the noon hour today (Tuesday) after putting the finishing touches on a six billion dollar budget. The final compromise includes concessions for the Governor, new incentives for small businesses, and last minute public safety measures.

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