After 40 Years, Rasberry Williams and his Daughter Reconnect

Apr 18, 2014

Happy Friday! It's a "news buzz" edition of River to River, bringing you several Iowa news stories of the week.

Charletta Sudduth was eight years old when her father was incarcerated for shooting and killing a man outside a Waterloo pool hall, a crime he has maintained was in self-defense. Now her father, Rasberry Williams, will be released on parole to an assisted living facility, after serving nearly 40 years of a life sentence. We hear from her:

No casino will be developed in Cedar Rapids, at least for now, after the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission rejected a Linn County investor group’s application for building a casino downtown. Iowa Public Radio's Dean Borg reports:

Des Moines' Jordan Bookey will be featured on the television series Shark Tank tonight, pitching her company, Zoobean. The episode airs tonight on ABC at 8 p.m. Central time. Here's a preview:

A new poll issued by Suffolk University shows Gov. Terry Branstad beating Hatch by only 10 points, 42 percent to 32 percent, with another 24 percent of Iowans undecided. University of Northern Iowa political science professor Christopher Larimer joins to discuss the negative press the governor has experienced lately, and what that could mean for the fall election.

Iowa State University's Samantha Cross spent hours interviewing binational families for a study that examines the influence of culture on consumption and decision making. Here's what she found:

The Iowa wine industry is booming, according to a new study. The full economic impact of Iowa wine and grapes reached $420 million in 2012, compared to $234 million in 2008. Here's wine expert Emily Saveraid: