Sarah Boden

Reporter

Sarah Boden is a general assignment reporter for Iowa Public Radio, based in Des Moines.  She joined IPR's ranks as a producer on Nov. 5, 2012--the day before the 2012 presidential election.

Sarah's favorite public radio program is On The Media.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:28 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

High Court Strenghtens Right Of Attorney-Client Privilege

Joe Gratz

The Iowa Supreme Court agrees the legal rights of a man arrested for drunk driving were violated when the arresting officer failed to fully explain attorney-client privilege.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:04 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Iowa Supreme Court Defines Harassment

Twentyfour Students

The Iowa Supreme Court has clarified what constitutes harassment in the state. The court says a harasser must purposely seek out the victim to commit the offense.  

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Health
3:47 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

How Iowa Can Keep Its Healthcare Subsidies

Dr. Pete Damiano at Iowa Public Radio to discuss insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act on the talk show “River to River."
Credit IPR/John Pemble

The result of an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case may stop federal subsidies to some 30,000 Iowans who have bought insurance on Iowa’s state-federal partnership exchange.

Statehouse and Politics
8:36 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Grassley Delivers Heartfelt Tribute to Harkin

Sen. Grassley (left) and Sen. Harkin check their messages while inspecting flood in Iowa City
Credit Mauro Heck Photography

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley delivered an emotional tribute to his fellow Iowa senator Tom Harkin, who turned 75 today and is retiring at the end of January. 

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Health
4:41 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Pharmacy Board Tables Marijuana Question Until January

Medical cannabis growing operation in Oakland, California.
Rusty Blazenhoff

The Iowa Board of Pharmacy is holding off on recommending that the Iowa Legislature reclassify marijuana.

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Health
5:00 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Helps Iowa Hospitals and Patients

Credit Jennifer Morrow

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, 110,000 Iowans have enrolled in Medicaid through the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan.  The income threshold for those eligible went from 100 percent of the poverty level, to 138 percent. 

CEO of the Iowa Hospital Association Kirk Norris talks with Morning Edition about how Medicaid expansion has affected Iowan hospitals. 

Clay Masters: It’s Morning Edition on Iowa Public Radio. Good Morning. I’m Clay Masters.

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Science and Technology
7:23 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Facebook's Iowa Data Center Goes Online

Lighting a giant “Like” button to mark the opening of Facebook’s Altoona data center. From left, Facebook site manager Brice Towns, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, head of the Iowa Economic Development Authority Debi Durham, Altoona Mayor Skip Conkling, and Facebook vice president of infrastructure Thomas Furlong.
Credit John Pemble

When Facebook users "like" a photo or update their relationship status, some of that information will be stored in Iowa.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
8:47 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Fewer Meth Labs, But More Meth

A meth pipe.
michelle.irish

An annual report to the Iowa legislature and governor shows an increase in the amounts, potency, and use of methamphetamine in Iowa.

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Business and Economy
2:29 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Grinnell Muffler Factory Closing

gb_packards

Donaldson Company, Inc. is closing its Grinnell plant, laying off 75 workers.

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Environment
1:44 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Zoo Euthanizes Beloved Giraffe

Shani the giraffe eating lettuce. She was a willing participant in the public feeding program, say zoo officials.
courtesy of Blank Park Zoo

The Blank Park Zoo euthanized one of its giraffes last Thursday. Shani, a 21-year-old female, had lived at the Des Moines zoo since 1996. 

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Business and Economy
4:55 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Dahl's Foods Files Chapter 11

Sodanie Chea

Dahl’s Foods is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:29 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Iowa Felon Sues Governor

Joe Gratz

An Iowa woman and the ACLU are suing Iowa officials, including Gov. Terry Branstad, for the right to vote. 

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2014 Elections
4:17 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

What Happened to Iowa Democrats?

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Bruce Braley delivers his concession speech at the Hotel Fort Des Moines (11/04/2014.)
Credit Sarah Boden / Iowa Public Radio

“What happened?” is a question on the minds of many Iowa Democrats. 

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2014 Elections
2:03 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Iowa Sends Two Incumbents Back to Washington

Republican Steve King will return to Congress for another term, after again defeating a Democratic challenger. He's pictured here in Ames during his 2012 campaign.
Amy Mayer/IPR file photo

The incumbent candidates in Iowa’s second and fourth Congressional Districts will return to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Democrat Dave Loebsack of Iowa City won against Republican Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa. This is the third time Miller-Meeks has challenged Loebsack, who will return to Congress for a fifth term.

In his victory speech, Loebsack said he’ll keep working for the middle class, not forget where he came from, and work across the aisle.

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2014 Elections
12:11 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Same-Day Voter Registration

Chance McElhaney of the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office says for those who haven’t yet registered to vote, voters will need to bring a picture I.D. and proof of residence, if the I.D. doesn't have the voter's current address.
Julia Taylor

Tomorrow is the 2014 Midterm Election. While both major parties have championed early voting, many Iowans will score an “I Voted” sticker at their polling station.  

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Environment
12:05 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Furbearer Season Looks Promising

Furbearer season starts Saturday in Iowa, and goes through January 2015.
Eric Bégin

Furbearer season starts Saturday in Iowa. Hunters and trappers will likely see greater numbers of raccoons and coyotes from previous years, but fewer red foxes. 

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2014 Elections
4:46 am
Wed October 29, 2014

1st District Voter Map

The Julien Dubuque Bridge, which connects Dubuque to East Dubuque, IL over the Mississippi River.
Credit SD Dirk

Iowa's 1st Congressional District covers northeast Iowa, and includes the cities of Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Waterloo.

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2014 Elections
4:45 am
Wed October 29, 2014

2nd District Voter Map

Iowa City's pedestrian mall, which sits adjacent to the University of Iowa campus.
Credit Alan Light

Iowa City, Davenport, Burlington and Ottumwa are the major population centers in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District.   

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2014 Elections
4:45 am
Wed October 29, 2014

3rd District Voter Map

Skyline of Des Moines, Polk County's largest city and the capitol of Iowa. Polk County is the 3rd Congressional District's most populous county. It is also the only county in the district where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans.
Jason Mrachina

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District contains 16 counties in the southwest quadrant of the state.

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2014 Elections
4:44 am
Wed October 29, 2014

4th District Voter Map

Loess Hills in Harrison County.
Credit Kevin Palmer

The 4th District covers the most area, but contains the fewest people of Iowa's four congressional districts. 

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2014 Elections
6:40 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Ernst, One Week To Go

State Senator Joni Ernst, the Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate, stumps at the Des Moines Register Soap Box at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.
John Pemble IPR

State Senator Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, talks with Morning Edition one week before the 2014 Elections. 

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2014 Elections
6:40 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Braley, One Week To Go

Congressman Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, stumps at the Des Moines Register soapbox at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.
Clay Masters IPR

Congressman Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, talks with Morning Edition one week before the 2014 Elections. 

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
2:06 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Video Testimony Not Constitutional

Iowa Judicial Branch Building in Des Moines.
Credit John Pemble / Iowa Public Radio

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled today remote, two-way video testimony is an inadequate substitute for live, in-person testimony. 

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Education
3:41 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Surprise Support for Tuition Freeze

Campanile on the Iowa State University campus in Ames on an overcast fall day.
Mike Hiatt

Several members on Iowa’s Board of Regents spoke in favor of freezing tuition for the third year in a row during today’s meeting in Iowa City. 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
9:56 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Vilsack Fustrated With Beef Industry

Cattle in Rowntree, MI.

For several years, the beef industry has struggled over how and whether to collect additional funds for industry promotion and research. The money is part of a program called the Beef checkoff.   

Last month U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack proposed a second, supplementary checkoff, implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
9:39 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Food Security Since Ebola

A woman drys cocoa beans in Liberia, 10/25/2010.
Laura Elizabeth Pohl

West African leaders attending the World Food Prize symposium in Des Moines discussed steps to prevent a food crisis in Ebola-affected countries, Wednesday.

President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development Kanayo Nwanze said 40 percent of farms in affected areas have been abandoned, thus dramatically harming food production.

"I think the regional trade is going to be very, very serious," Nwanze said.  "Like any other situation...where you have a crisis you should begin to plan for the aftermath."

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
2:14 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Humanitarian Recognized at Iowa Hunger Summit

Governor Terry Branstad presents Merry Fredrick with the Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award at the Iowa Hunger Summit on 10/14/2014.
Sarah Boden Iowa Public Radio

Merry Fredrick was awarded the second annual Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award, Tuesday in Des Moines at the Iowa Hunger Summit.

Fredrick is the former executive director of Self-Help International.  The Waverly-based organization helps farmers in Ghana and Nicaragua grow high protein maize.

"I'm very humbled by the award," said Fredrick, who hopes the award will heighten Self-Help International's profile so that it may grow and eventually end hunger. 

Self-Help International also provides micro-credit loans to women for starting small-scale businesses.

Election Coverage
8:04 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Braley, Ernst Debate Dark Money

Ernst and Braley campaign Facebook pages.

The topic of out-of-state money flooding Iowa's airwaves featured heavily in Saturday's U.S. Senate debate.

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Election Coverage
7:16 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

First Lady Campaign Rally Gaffe

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at 'Get Out the Vote' campaign rally at Drake Univeristy. (10/10/2014)
Sarah Boden Iowa Public Radio

First Lady Michelle Obama misspoke several times Friday afternoon, while campaigning for the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate at a Drake University ‘Get Out the Vote’ rally in Des Moines.

She referred to Congressman Bruce Braley, as "Bruce Bailey" in front of a crowd of about 1,200 people.

“If you want a leader who shares your values and will stand up for your families in Washington,” said Obama, “then you need to elect Bruce Bailey to the U.S. Senate.”

The crowd eventually corrected the first lady while she was giving out the candidate’s website. 

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Election Coverage
9:29 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Tight Race for Open Seat in Iowa's 3rd District

Skyline of Des Moines, Polk County's largest city and the capitol of Iowa. Polk County is the 3rd Congressional District's most populous county. It is also the only county in the district where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans.
Credit Jason Mrachina

Republican Rep. Tom Latham, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. House, surprised everyone last December when he announced his retirement, leaving Iowa's 3rd Congressional District an open seat.

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