Iowa Public Radio http://iowapublicradio.org en Most Of California Reported To Be In 'Extreme Drought' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/most-california-reported-be-extreme-drought The latest <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?CA">Drought Monitor report</a> from U.S. agriculture and weather experts finds 58 percent of California in the worst of its four drought levels, in conditions normally seen only once every 50-100 years.<p>For our Newscast unit, Nathan Rott reports:<p><blockquote><p>"The U.S. Drought Monitor measures drought in five levels. The most benign is called Abnormally Dry. The worst is labeled Exceptional Drought. As of this week, roughly 58 percent of California is considered to be afflicted by that last category. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:07:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44596 at http://iowapublicradio.org Most Of California Reported To Be In 'Extreme Drought' As Ebola Surges, CDC Sends Aid And Warns Against Travel http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ebola-surges-cdc-sends-aid-and-warns-against-travel For the second time this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has raised the travel alert for three West African countries, as the death toll in the Ebola outbreak increased at an alarming rate.<p>"The bottom line is that the multiple outbreaks in West Africa are worsening right now," CDC Director <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/about/cdcdirector/">Dr. Tom Frieden</a> told NPR on Thursday. "This is the biggest, most complex and the most difficult outbreak of Ebola that we've had to deal with."<p>In only four days, the total number of cases has risen by 122, or about 10 percent. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Linda Poon 44593 at http://iowapublicradio.org As Ebola Surges, CDC Sends Aid And Warns Against Travel Three Years On, Utah's Immigrant Guest Worker Law Still Stalled http://iowapublicradio.org/post/three-years-utahs-immigrant-guest-worker-law-still-stalled At the Utah State Capitol, a mural of Brigham Young and the first Mormon pioneers brings some color to the building's spartan rotunda. Beneath it is a more modern sculpture — a woman walking forward with her son, who's holding a globe.<p>Underneath the statue are the words "Immigration and Settlement." The symbolism isn't lost on state House Speaker Becky Lockhart.<p>"Utah is a place that understands the value of immigration, the value of peoples coming to find a better life," she says, pointing up at the sculpture.<p>"We've always believed ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:03:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 44594 at http://iowapublicradio.org Three Years On, Utah's Immigrant Guest Worker Law Still Stalled Israel And Hamas Agree To 3-Day Cease-Fire, U.N. Says http://iowapublicradio.org/post/israel-and-hamas-agree-3-day-cease-fire-un-says A temporary peace will begin Friday morning in Gaza, as Israel and Hamas agree to an "unconditional humanitarian ceasefire," according to a statement by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary of State John Kerry.<p>The truce is set to begin at 8 a.m. local time Friday and last for 72 hours. U.N. Special Coordinator Robert Serry says he's been assured by officials from both Israel and Hamas that they will abide by the truce. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44591 at http://iowapublicradio.org Israel And Hamas Agree To 3-Day Cease-Fire, U.N. Says When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/when-china-spurns-gmo-corn-imports-american-farmers-lose-billions For a while there, China was the American farmer's best friend. The world's most populous nation had so many pigs and chickens to feed, it became one of the <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/amber-waves/2014-april/china-in-the-next-decade-rising-meat-demand-and-growing-imports-of-feed.aspx#.U9qutONdV8E">top importers</a> of U.S. corn and soybeans almost overnight.<p>China also developed a big appetite for another corn-derived animal feed called "dried distillers grains with solubles," or <a href="http://www.grains.org/buyingselling/ddgs">DDGS</a>, a byproduct of ethanol production. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 44592 at http://iowapublicradio.org When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions Making The Label Matter: A Record Company's Return From Obscurity http://iowapublicradio.org/post/making-label-matter-record-companys-return-obscurity Today, there's so much music being released that it can be hard to know what to check out, let alone buy. Mark Rye says that when he worked at a record label in the 1970s, the process was easier — in part because you could often guess what a record would sound like if you knew who released it.<p>"At that time, it was very much an identifier for the kind of music," he says. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Christopher Werth 44590 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sierra Leone Declares Quarantine, As Ebola Outbreak Worsens http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sierra-leone-declares-quarantine-ebola-outbreak-worsens <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Sierra+Leone+Declares+Quarantine%2C+As+Ebola+Outbreak+Worsens&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExNDExMTQwMDEzNjkwODAzMTkxNmQ4Zg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 44589 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wisconsin's Collective Bargaining Limits Survive Legal Challenges http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wisconsins-collective-bargaining-limits-survive-legal-challenges Wisconsin's Supreme Court has upheld Governor Scott Walker's signature law restricting public employee union bargaining rights. The law has already been upheld twice in federal court, but, as Wisconsin Public Radio's Shawn Johnson reports, the new decision in state court effectively ends legal challenges to the law. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 Wisconsin Public Radio. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Shawn Johnson 44588 at http://iowapublicradio.org The New Face of Hunger http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-face-hunger <p>The irony is poignant that hunger exists in a state with the nation's richest soil and the nation's number-one ranking in corn and soybean production.&nbsp;&nbsp; But despite the bounty around them, many Iowans experience what is now called "food insecurity."&nbsp;&nbsp; In simpler terms, they can't find the means to feed themselves or their family, despite many having full-time jobs.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:28:20 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 44577 at http://iowapublicradio.org The New Face of Hunger On Either Side Of Gaza, Leaders' Gain Support — But Blame Game Awaits http://iowapublicradio.org/post/either-side-gaza-leaders-gain-support-blame-game-awaits Nearly a month into the war in Gaza, pollsters have been taking a look at how attitudes in the region have changed among Israelis and Palestinians. For more on the changes to public opinion, Ari Shapiro speaks with Camil Fuchs of Tel Aviv University and Khalil Shikaki of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:26:00 +0000 editor 44578 at http://iowapublicradio.org Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up http://iowapublicradio.org/post/amid-smoking-decline-look-whos-still-lighting Robin Koval is making a career of her changed tobacco habit.<p>"I'm a child of a smoker — my father was a heavy smoker," Koval says. "Really typical to the way the story goes, I started smoking when I was 15."<p>Now she is president and CEO of Legacy, a foundation devoted to <a href="http://www.legacyforhealth.org/about">preventing tobacco use</a>.<p>Koval is working in a rapidly changing landscape. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 44579 at http://iowapublicradio.org Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up Star Witness Steps Up To The Stand In McDonnell's Corruption Trial http://iowapublicradio.org/post/star-witness-steps-stand-mcdonnells-corruption-trial The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell continues to unfold in Richmond. The prosecution's feature witness, Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie Williams, testified Thursday against McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Jeff Schapiro has helped in <a href="http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/virginia-politics/williams-on-rolex-i-shouldn-t-have-to-buy-things/article_b1488e4c-18b9-11e4-8252-001a4bcf6878.html">the <em>Richmond Times-Dispatch</em> coverage of the trial</a>, and he speaks with Ari Shapiro. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 editor 44587 at http://iowapublicradio.org Facing A Mass-Mailing Deadline, Lawmakers Get Frank Fast http://iowapublicradio.org/post/facing-mass-mailing-deadline-lawmakers-get-frank-fast Members of Congress face a deadline next Thursday — 90 days before the election — to put constituent newsletters in the mail. Carefully timing the mailings is just one fillip in the fine art of congressional communications, especially those that might suggest campaign messages.<p>"It's either a congressional perk that looks a lot like someone campaigning with tax dollars, or it's part of your constituent service responsibility," says Rep. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Peter Overby 44586 at http://iowapublicradio.org Facing A Mass-Mailing Deadline, Lawmakers Get Frank Fast To Understand Putin's Policy, Dissect The Kremlin's Inner Circles http://iowapublicradio.org/post/understand-putins-policy-dissect-kremlins-inner-circles <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=To+Understand+Putin%27s+Policy%2C+Dissect+The+Kremlin%27s+Inner+Circles&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1MzkxMDEyMTY5MDA4NjI2NGQ4Yg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 44585 at http://iowapublicradio.org Facing Conservative Opposition, House Republicans Nix Border Bill Vote http://iowapublicradio.org/post/facing-conservative-opposition-house-republicans-nix-border-bill-vote <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Facing+Conservative+Opposition%2C+House+Republicans+Nix+Border+Bill+Vote&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMjA2NTMyMDEyMjUzNzM0MjA0ODc5OA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 44584 at http://iowapublicradio.org CIA Director Apologizes For Meddling In Senate Computers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cia-director-apologizes-meddling-senate-computers <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=CIA+Director+Apologizes+For+Meddling+In+Senate+Computers&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMjA2NTMyMDEyMjUzNzM0MjA0ODc5OA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 David Welna 44583 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Obama's Foreign Policy, Some See Patience; Some See Passivity http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obamas-foreign-policy-some-see-patience-some-see-passivity A new <em>Washington Post</em>-ABC <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/page/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2014/07/30/National-Politics/Polling/release_358.xml">poll</a> shows fewer than half of Americans approve of the way President Obama is handling international affairs.<p>But the president's grade on foreign policy has actually improved slightly since the beginning of summer, even as crises around the globe have multiplied. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 44582 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Obama's Foreign Policy, Some See Patience; Some See Passivity In Debt Duel, It Was Argentina V. Paul Singer http://iowapublicradio.org/post/debt-duel-it-was-argentina-v-paul-singer <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+Debt+Duel%2C+It+Was+Argentina+V.+Paul+Singer&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 editor 44581 at http://iowapublicradio.org With Prosecutors Circling, Ethics Questions Get Serious For N.Y. Governor http://iowapublicradio.org/post/prosecutors-circling-ethics-questions-get-serious-ny-governor New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo swept into office promising to clean up a state government so corrupt he once described it as "a joke." But now Cuomo himself has become the punch line, facing scrutiny over reports that his administration interfered with its own anti-corruption commission.<p>"Basically, Cuomo formed a commission promising you could even look at me. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Joel Rose 44580 at http://iowapublicradio.org With Prosecutors Circling, Ethics Questions Get Serious For N.Y. Governor House Cancels Vote On $659 Million Border Security Bill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/house-cancels-vote-659-million-border-security-bill House GOP leaders pulled the plug on a $659 million bill to deal with the influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:21:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44576 at http://iowapublicradio.org House Cancels Vote On $659 Million Border Security Bill Kidnapping Is A Lucrative Business For Al-Qaida, Documents Show http://iowapublicradio.org/post/kidnapping-lucrative-business-al-qaida-documents-show A <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/30/world/africa/ransoming-citizens-europe-becomes-al-qaedas-patron.html">recent report by journalist Rukmini Callimachi</a> details al-Qaida's strategy of kidnapping Europeans and demanding large ransoms — and how those ransoms are a key source of funding for al-Qaida operations.<p>"Europe is funneling these enormous sums of money to al-Qaida," Callimachi, a foreign correspondent with <em>The New York Times</em>, tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:13:00 +0000 editor 44572 at http://iowapublicradio.org Kidnapping Is A Lucrative Business For Al-Qaida, Documents Show Maggie Gyllenhaal Is 'The Honorable Woman': A Series Both Ruthless And Rewarding http://iowapublicradio.org/post/maggie-gyllenhaal-honorable-woman-series-both-ruthless-and-rewarding Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in a new eight-part miniseries that couldn't be more timely: It's about a woman who finds herself embroiled in the Israeli Palestinian conflict.<p><em>The Honorable Woman </em>is a co-production between the Sundance Channel, which premieres the eight-part miniseries beginning Thursday, and England's BBC-2, where viewers already have seen about half the episodes. So have I. And while I expected <em>The Honorable Woman </em>to be topical and potentially controversial, given its setting and premise, I didn't expect it to be so involving, or so intense. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:09:00 +0000 David Bianculli 44571 at http://iowapublicradio.org Maggie Gyllenhaal Is 'The Honorable Woman': A Series Both Ruthless And Rewarding Widow Of American Ebola Victim Speaks Out http://iowapublicradio.org/post/widow-american-ebola-victim-speaks-out The Ebola outbreak that&#8217;s killed more than 670 people in West Africa has hit too close to home for some Americans.<p><strong>Decontee Sawyer</strong> lives in Minnesota, which is home to Liberia&#8217;s largest diaspora community. Her husband, a Liberian government official, recently contracted the virus in Liberia and became the first American to die from Ebola in this outbreak.<p>&#8220;It&#8217;s a big blow &#8212; everyone knew Patrick, here in Minnesota in the Liberian community, so everyone feels like they&#8217;ve lost their best friend, their brother. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:08:00 +0000 editor 44573 at http://iowapublicradio.org Widow Of American Ebola Victim Speaks Out Kentucky Buoys Noah's Ark Park With Millions In New Tax Breaks http://iowapublicradio.org/post/kentucky-buoys-noahs-ark-park-millions-new-tax-breaks <em><strong>Updated at 4:40 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>Kentucky has approved $18 million in new tax breaks for a controversial Christian theme park that is to feature a 510-foot-long replica of Noah's Ark.<p><a href="http://wvxu.org/post/kentucky-tourism-board-oks-18-million-tax-incentives-ark-encounter">Maryanne Zeleznik of member station WVXU</a> in Cincinnati reports that the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve the incentives for the Ark Encounter, to be built in Williamstown. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:50:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44570 at http://iowapublicradio.org Kentucky Buoys Noah's Ark Park With Millions In New Tax Breaks Facebook Targets Zambia With Free App http://iowapublicradio.org/post/facebook-targets-zambia-free-app Altruism or good business? Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:36:00 +0000 editor 44575 at http://iowapublicradio.org Facebook Targets Zambia With Free App District Profile: Virginia's 7th Congressional http://iowapublicradio.org/post/district-profile-virginias-7th-congressional Eric Cantor officially stepped down as House Majority Leader today. He will be replaced in the leadership by Kevin McCarthy of California after losing in a primary for his Virginia congressional seat.<p>Cantor&#8217;s district, Virginia&#8217;s 7th congressional, is the focus of this week&#8217;s installment of District Profiles, looking at congressional races across the country. Republican candidate David Brat, who defeated Cantor in the primary, will face Democrat Jack Trammell.<p><strong>Michael Pope</strong> of WAMU in Washington, D.C. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:36:00 +0000 editor 44574 at http://iowapublicradio.org District Profile: Virginia's 7th Congressional Flight Delays In China Leave Travelers Feeling Squeezed http://iowapublicradio.org/post/flight-delays-china-leave-travelers-feeling-squeezed <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPp7vkbYq78</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:20:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 44568 at http://iowapublicradio.org Flight Delays In China Leave Travelers Feeling Squeezed 'Africa Is Champion': Reporting From A Changing Continent http://iowapublicradio.org/post/africa-champion-reporting-changing-continent <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=%27Africa+Is+Champion%27%3A+Reporting+From+A+Changing+Continent&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTQ2MTc1MDEzMTI4MzQ0NDExYzJiMg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. It is our final week of programming here on TELL ME MORE. And we wanted to draw attention to the kinds of stories that have been important to us in our past seven years on the air. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:53:00 +0000 editor 44567 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hospitals Fight Proposed Changes In The Training Of Doctors http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hospitals-fight-proposed-changes-training-doctors An influential report that urges sweeping changes in how the federal government subsidizes the training of doctors has brought out the sharp scalpels of those who would be most immediately affected.<p>The reaction also raises questions about the sensitive politics involved in redistributing a large pot of money –mostly from Medicare — that now goes disproportionately to teaching hospitals in the U.S. Northeast. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:36:00 +0000 editor 44569 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hospitals Fight Proposed Changes In The Training Of Doctors CIA Chief Apologizes To Sens. Feinstein, Chambliss Over Computer Intrusion http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cia-chief-apologizes-sens-feinstein-chambliss-over-computer-intrusion Ending a contentious and very public spat between two branches of government, Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan apologized to Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:33:00 +0000 editor 44566 at http://iowapublicradio.org