Iowa Public Radio http://iowapublicradio.org en Shades Of The Middle Ages: The Plague Popped Up In China And Colorado http://iowapublicradio.org/post/shades-middle-ages-plague-popped-china-and-colorado The plague isn't just something you read about in medieval history books.<p>This past week, five cases were reported: four in Colorado and one in China.<p>The Colorado residents <a href="http://www.cpr.org/node/115543">were diagnosed</a> after coming into contact with an infected dog.<p>According to Chinese officials, <a href="http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1557217/china-seals-entire-city-gansu-after-resident-dies-bubonic-plague">parts of a city</a> in northern China were quarantined for nine days, and 151 people were put under close observation, after a man died of the disease last We Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:47:00 +0000 Rae Ellen Bichell 44225 at http://iowapublicradio.org Shades Of The Middle Ages: The Plague Popped Up In China And Colorado Israeli Artillery Hits U.N.-Run School In Gaza http://iowapublicradio.org/post/israeli-artillery-hits-un-run-school-gaza A United Nations-run school sheltering civilians in Gaza has been hit by Israeli artillery, the U.N. says. More than a dozen people have been killed, according to Palestinian officials.<p>Reuters quotes Chris Gunness, a spokesman for UNRWA, the main U.N. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:44:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44226 at http://iowapublicradio.org Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism http://iowapublicradio.org/post/montana-sen-walsh-says-ptsd-may-have-played-role-his-plagiarism <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/24/us/politics/montana-senator-john-walsh-plagiarized-thesis.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0.">After <em>The New York Times</em> reported</a> that Sen. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 44222 at http://iowapublicradio.org Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iraq-elects-kurdish-politician-ceremonial-post-president Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum has been elected president of Iraq by the country's parliament, another step in forming a new government after months of deadlock.<p>As Leila Fadel reports from Erbil in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region, "Massoum took his oath vowing to protect the constitution and the unity of Iraq. He made the promise as Iraq threatens to splinter into three pieces."<p>The vote for the largely ceremonial post of president was delayed for a day after the Kurdish bloc of legislators asked for more time to make their pick. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:27:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44223 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse http://iowapublicradio.org/post/simple-way-reduce-stroke-risk-take-your-pulse An irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation is a big cause of stroke, especially for people who have recently had a stroke. But it's not something that most people can feel.<p>Doctors test for <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/atrialfibrillation.html">atrial fibrillation</a> by hooking people up to an <a href="http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/ekg/">electrocardiogram</a> machine at the office, or having them wear a Holter monitor for a day or a week. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:57:00 +0000 Nancy Shute 44221 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse Syrian Babies Born To Refugees Face A Future In Limbo http://iowapublicradio.org/post/syrian-babies-born-refugees-face-future-limbo Thousands of Syrian infants born to refugee parents are now stateless. Their births are unregistered and will pose many difficult challenges in this long-term conflict.<p>The exact numbers are far from certain. A recent report by the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, suggests that 75 percent of Syrians born in Lebanon since 2011 have not been properly registered. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 44220 at http://iowapublicradio.org Syrian Babies Born To Refugees Face A Future In Limbo Military Dogs' Advocates Say The Canines Aren't Pets — They're Vets http://iowapublicradio.org/post/military-dogs-advocates-say-canines-arent-pets-theyre-vets <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=Military+Dogs%27+Advocates+Say+The+Canines+Aren%27t+Pets+%E2%80%94+They%27re+Vets&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NzMxMTkxMDEzMDkyOTU3ODRmYjc2Mg001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:35:00 +0000 David Welna 44219 at http://iowapublicradio.org With New Safety Measures, Nuclear Reactors May Reopen In Japan http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-safety-measures-nuclear-reactors-may-reopen-japan <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=With+New+Safety+Measures%2C+Nuclear+Reactors+May+Reopen+In+Japan&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA0NjY4NzQ2MDEyOTc4NzIzMThmMjJkMg001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:35:00 +0000 editor 44218 at http://iowapublicradio.org New Rules Proposed For Oil-Carrying Trains In Wake Of Fiery Crashes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-rules-proposed-oil-carrying-trains-wake-fiery-crashes <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=New+Rules+Proposed+For+Oil-Carrying+Trains+In+Wake+Of+Fiery+Crashes&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 44217 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Mayor Calls For 'Caring Cities' To Take In Young Immigrants http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-mayor-calls-caring-cities-take-young-immigrants <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=Iowa+Mayor+Calls+For+%27Caring+Cities%27+To+Take+In+Young+Immigrants&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NzMxMTkxMDEzMDkyOTU3ODRmYjc2Mg001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 44216 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Detroit Porch Shooting Trial, It's Murder Vs. Self-Defense http://iowapublicradio.org/post/detroit-porch-shooting-trial-its-murder-vs-self-defense <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 Michigan Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://michiganradio.org/">http://michiganradio.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+Detroit+Porch+Shooting+Trial%2C+It%27s+Murder+Vs.+Self-Defense&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NTY5MTc2MDEzMDY5NDU2MjQ3NDZhOA001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 44215 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gaza Conflict Day 17: Here's What You Need To Know http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gaza-conflict-day-17-heres-what-you-need-know The Federal Aviation Administration is now allowing American flights in and out Israel.<p>If you remember, the FAA <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/22/334054282/faa-prohibits-u-s-airlines-from-flying-to-tel-aviv">banned flights to Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday</a>, after a rocket landed about a mile from the airport.<p>"Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:26:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 44214 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gaza Conflict Day 17: Here's What You Need To Know Authorities Lose Contact With Air Algerie Jet http://iowapublicradio.org/post/authorities-lose-contact-air-algerie-aircraft Authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie aircraft traveling from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers, Reuters reports citing the Algerian state news agency.<p>Reuters adds:<p><blockquote><p>"APS said authorities lost contact with flight AH 5017 an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso.<p>"Spanish private airline company Swiftair confirmed it had no contact with its MD-83 aircraft operated by Air Algerie, which it said was carrying 110 passengers and six crew. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:51:00 +0000 editor 44211 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sarah Palin Gets A Speeding Ticket, Says She 'Can't Drive 55' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sarah-palin-gets-speeding-ticket-says-she-cant-drive-55 <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=Sarah+Palin+Gets+A+Speeding+Ticket%2C+Says+She+%27Can%27t+Drive+55%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MjMxOTIyMDEzMTcxNjAzMzFmMjBhZQ001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:50:00 +0000 editor 44213 at http://iowapublicradio.org Judge To Bulldog Thief: 'You Hid The Pup; The Jig Was Up' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/judge-bulldog-thief-you-hid-pup-jig-was <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Judge+To+Bulldog+Thief%3A+%27You+Hid+The+Pup%3B+The+Jig+Was+Up%27+&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NTY5MTc2MDEzMDY5NDU2MjQ3NDZhOA001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:50:00 +0000 editor 44212 at http://iowapublicradio.org As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/millions-people-fast-ramadan-does-economy-suffer <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=As+Millions+Of+People+Fast+For+Ramadan%2C+Does+The+Economy+Suffer%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 44210 at http://iowapublicradio.org What Would Demilitarizing Gaza Entail? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/what-would-demilitarizing-gaza-entail <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=What+Would+Demilitarizing+Gaza+Entail%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 editor 44209 at http://iowapublicradio.org How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-high-debt-housing-collapse-still-stifles-our-economy "Foreclosure, foreclosure, foreclosure."<p>Real estate broker John Susani drives down a Paterson, N.J., street where every third house seems to be abandoned or boarded up. During the boom years money flooded into Paterson.<p>"The banking industry allowed everyone to be a homeowner; they gave mortgages to people [just because they were] breathing," Susani says.<p>In some cases, he says, home prices jumped as much as 50 percent. The homes on these streets aren't worth nearly that much anymore.<p>Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 44208 at http://iowapublicradio.org How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel http://iowapublicradio.org/post/despite-mideast-turmoil-more-french-jews-are-moving-israel Jews are leaving France and moving to Israel in unprecedented numbers this year.<p>With the departures expected to surpass 5,000, France could pull ahead of the U.S. for Jewish emigration to Israel, known as <em>aliya</em>. Usually, making <em>aliya</em> is a cause for celebration. But in France this year, it's tinged with bitterness.<p>The country, which has Western Europe's largest Muslim and Jewish populations, is experiencing repercussions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 44207 at http://iowapublicradio.org Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future http://iowapublicradio.org/post/strange-political-dustup-clouds-kansas-governors-future Kansas's Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is locked in an unexpectedly tough re-election battle for doing exactly what he said he would do – cut taxes.<p>Citing mounting evidence that those tax cuts are creating a budget crisis – not stimulating the Kansas economy as promised – some in the state's moderate Republican establishment recently did the unthinkable: endorse a Democrat for governor.<p>That's not only endangering Brownback's re-election hopes, it's also tarnishing his plans to turn one of the reddest of red states into a national model.<p>Sam Brownback left the U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 editor 44206 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future My Farm Roots: Carrying On A Farm Family Legacy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-carrying-farm-family-legacy <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">In his home in Forest City, Iowa, Riley Lewis has the original warranty deed for his farm, signed by President James Buchanan and issued to one Elias Gilbert, a soldier who served in the War of 1812.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 44166 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Carrying On A Farm Family Legacy Ariz. Governor Orders Review After Execution Lasts 2 Hours http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ariz-governor-orders-review-after-execution-lasts-2-hours <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=Ariz.+Governor+Orders+Review+After+Execution+Lasts+2+Hours&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NzMxMTkxMDEzMDkyOTU3ODRmYjc2Mg001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:05:00 +0000 editor 44205 at http://iowapublicradio.org Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency http://iowapublicradio.org/post/democrats-make-new-bid-require-donor-transparency Senate Democrats have rolled out this year's model of the DISCLOSE Act. Or, if you want to be more formal: the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act.<p>It's the third version of DISCLOSE since 2010. Broadly speaking, it would force donor disclosure on the big-money, 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations that are flourishing in post-<em>Citizens United</em> politics. Unlike almost all other players in an election campaign, 501(c)(4)s are not covered by the disclosure laws. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:05:00 +0000 Peter Overby 44204 at http://iowapublicradio.org Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate http://iowapublicradio.org/post/campaign-finance-transparency-bill-gets-chilly-reception-senate A bill that would require transparency by nonprofit groups related to federal elections met with united opposition from Republicans Wednesday, at the first Senate hearing on what its supporters call the Disclose Act.<p>The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:56:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44203 at http://iowapublicradio.org Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/can-you-trust-organic-label-imported-food Maybe you've wondered, while looking at the price tag on some organic produce, whether that label is telling the truth.<p><a href="http://peterlaufer.com/">Peter Laufer</a>, a writer and professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, doesn't just wonder. He's an outright skeptic, especially because the organic label seems to him like a license to raise prices. And also because those products are arriving through supply chains that stretch to far corners of the world.<p>The U.S. imports organic soybeans from China, spices from India, and dried fruits from Turkey. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 44201 at http://iowapublicradio.org Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? Politicians Weigh In On Immigrant Children http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politicians-weigh-immigrant-children <p>More than 52,000 have crossed the southern border since October and US politicians are having trouble finding solutions and the right rhetoric.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:06:17 +0000 Ben Stanton & Clare Roth 44200 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politicians Weigh In On Immigrant Children Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-declares-emergency-huge-fires-burn-washington-state Fires are still raging in Washington state, where officials hope rain might help them contain the large fires — but there's also a chance that heavy rainfall could trigger flooding and mudslides.<p>Fire crews have been battling several major fires in central and eastern Washington for the past two weeks. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:57:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44202 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State History Of The Iowa State Patrol http://iowapublicradio.org/post/history-iowa-state-patrol-0 <p>In 1935 fifty men were sworn in as the first officers of the Iowa Highway Safety Patrol.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:50:22 +0000 Charity Nebbe 44117 at http://iowapublicradio.org History Of The Iowa State Patrol Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare http://iowapublicradio.org/post/insurance-fake-identities-latest-skirmish-over-obamacare House Republicans went on the attack Wednesday over what they say is the latest bungling of the Affordable Care Act: fake identities used to get insurance.<p>Undercover investigators were able to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance from the government's website 11 out of the 18 times they tried, according to a preliminary report from the Government Accountability Office.<p>Republicans on the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee say fraud and abuse will be rampant and may already be.<p>Democrats question all the fuss.<p>For one thing, they argue applicants don't get Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 44199 at http://iowapublicradio.org Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery http://iowapublicradio.org/post/summer-program-hungry-kids-gets-creative-food-delivery More than 21 million children get free or reduced priced meals during the school year. But in the summer, that number drops to only three million.<p>The big question is what happens to all the other children. Do they get enough, and the right food, to eat?<p>This summer, government agencies and non-profit groups are making a massive push to get millions of meals to kids who might otherwise go hungry as part of the nationwide <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp">summer nutrition program</a>. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 44198 at http://iowapublicradio.org Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery