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9:50 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Candidate Schools Planned Ahead of 2015 Elections

iprimages

The state board that oversees campaign finance laws plans to take its show on the road.

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News
8:51 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Slingshot: Made in Iowa

Slingshots are made in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Polaris Industries

You probably haven’t seen one yet, but the newest motor vehicle made exclusively in Iowa is set to go global next year. The story from Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen.

It is called the “Slingshot,” a futuristic-looking, three-wheeled vehicle that is part car and part motorcycle. Polaris Industries is now in full production at Spirit Lake, having added 300 workers in the factory that also builds Indian and Victory motorcycles. Chris Doucet is Commercial Director of Slingshot.

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News
5:30 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Battle of the Bulge Remembered

Lt. John Phillips, who died in 2013 at the age of 90
Gold Star Museum

Tomorrow (Dec. 16) marks the 70th anniversary of Hitler’s last ditch campaign to save Nazi Germany.  A surprise attack on Allied forces in a sprawling forest over Western Europe would become known as the “Battle of the Bulge.” Americans are remembering the largest land battle of World War Two.

Americans took the brunt of the German offensive, as the enemy stormed through Allied forces, forming a bulge in the front line. The winter of 1944 was one of the harshest in European history.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
3:40 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Homeowners, Not Banks and Developers Get Warranty Protections

DerekA

Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday, only individual homeowners are protected under the Warranty of Workmanlike Construction, which holds builder venders accountable for shoddy workmanship.

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Pets
8:00 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Pets as Gifts: Wonderful Option or Bad Idea?

Cats for adoption at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center
Julie Englander Iowa Public Radio

Local animal shelters and rescues are filled with unwanted pets, and for a long time vets and shelters discouraged people from giving animals as gifts. 

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Newsbuzz
6:04 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

UI Student Claims 'Excessive Force' in Police Incident

Grayson Scogin

The refrain can be heard more than 20 times. "My hands are behind my head."

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Arts and Culture
3:53 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Iowa Toymakers Busy This Time of Year

wooden trucks made by Bannor toys

We all had toys that we loved as children, do you remember your favorite?

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Statehouse and Politics
3:32 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Harkin Bids Farewell to the Senate

Sen. Tom Harkin will retire from the U.S. Senate in January after 40 years in Congress.
John Pemble

Retiring Sen. Tom Harkin delivered his Farewell speech on the Senate floor today.  He is retiring after 40 years in Congress.

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History
4:54 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Encore Edition: Watergate's Lessons, 40 Years Later

Nixon, pictured with Leonid Brezhnev.
That Hartford Guy Flickr

Nixon resigned the office of president 40 years ago this month. But the question remains: What were the lessons of Watergate? And has our country learned them?

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Education
3:17 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Low-income Kids' Education Gets $1.1 Million Boost

Drake University will receive more than $1.1 million to fund Early Head Start programming in Des Moines.
Bart & Co

Education for low-income children in Des Moines is receiving more than $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
2:47 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Report: Obama's Immigration Action Won't Help Agriculture Much

Harvesting produce is a seasonal job employing more immigrants in other regions than in the Midwest.
Big Stock Photo

new report says President Obama’s executive action on immigration likely won’t have a huge impact on Midwest agriculture. 

Stephanie Mercier, who wrote the report for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, says the presidential order does not address the needs of Midwest employers. They often want year-round temporary workers, something current law does not permit.

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Science and Technology
12:42 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Renewable Materials Research Gets Government, Industry Funding

These are some samples of bioplastic and biocomposite products developed at Iowa State University.
courtesy of Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites

With cellulosic ethanol now being produced in Iowa, researchers at Iowa State University hope to convert some of the by-products into useful renewable materials. 

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Talk of Iowa
12:37 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Amy Tan's Latest Novel, The Valley of Amazement

Author Amy Tan
Ronald van Holst

In her best-selling novels, Amy Tan has explored mother-daughter relationships that resonate across all cultures.

In her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement, she does it again. In this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Tan about her latest novel, the photo that inspired it, and writing her very first sex scenes.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

A Cameroonian Writer Spins African Tales

Cameroonian writer Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti
Credit Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti

Writer Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti injects her Cameroonian heritage into stories about people who share her same multicultural background.

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Arts and Culture
3:03 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Begonias & Dead Horses: The Best Folk & Classical Music of 2014

Cover art for Runa's Current Affairs album. Karen Impola ranks it number two on her list of the best releases of 2014

It was a good year for chamber music, orchestras, fusion and harmonies. That's according to two of IPR's music hosts who shared their favorite recordings of 2014.

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Politics Day
2:51 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Implications of the Senate Committee Torture Report

U.S. Senate Committee hearing in 2013
John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV

During his administration, George W. Bush said the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects was humane and legal.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Grain Glut Clogs Railways, Rivers, Roads

An MFA Agriservices worker monitors the soybean chute as the barge fills up on the Missouri River in Glasgow, Mo.
Kristofor Husted/Harvest Public Media

For the Midwest’s major crops, this harvest season was a big one. With winter setting in, the race is on for farmers to ship out their harvest so it’s not left out to spoil.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:45 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Nobel Laureate Has Iowa Friends

Kailash Satyarthi, children's rights activist and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Comissão de Educação, Cultura e Esporte

One of the two laureates receiving the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in children’s rights was nominated by U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin.

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Wildlife Day
2:56 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Bald Eagles in Iowa: A Comeback Story

Charity Nebbe

The population of bald eagles in Iowa appears to be plateauing. That’s according to wildlife biologist Jim Pease.

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Environment
2:14 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Grassley Wants Wind Tax Credit to Go Further

Iowa wind farms generate much of the state's electricity.
Brooke Raymond

Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says the Senate will soon vote on the long-delayed tax extenders bill. The legislation groups more than 50 tax breaks, including wind energy incentives.

Because Iowa is a leader in wind energy production, Grassley has been vocal on the need to extend the tax credits. But Grassley says the bill doesn’t go far enough.

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Environment
1:35 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Grassley Says Congressional Republicans Will "Neuter" EPA Proposal

Debate continues over proposed changes to the federal oversight of waterways. The Des Moines River is among those affected by the pollution the rule aims to improve.
John Marvig

A proposal to modify the Clean Water Act from the Environmental Protection Agency will face stiff opposition come January, says U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley.  That’s when both the House and the Senate will be held by the GOP.

Grassley and other Republicans have spoken harshly against the Waters of the U.S. rule, which would increase federal oversight of U.S. waterways.

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Statehouse and Politics
12:21 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Iowa Gets an F for Campaign Disclosure

Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board director Megan Tooker hopes to improve Iowa's laws regarding campaign donation disclosures.
John Pemble/IPR

Iowa has received a failing grade for its laws governing campaign finance reporting for state offices.   

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
5:26 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Iowa Driver's License Goes Virtual

Iowa Department of Transportation director Paul Trombino explains the state's new digital driver's licesnes, which will be available next year.
Joyce Russell/IPR

Iowa motorists will soon be able to show identification by pulling out a cellphone.

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Holiday Book Guide
4:25 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

IPR's 2014 Children's Holiday Book Guide

Wikimedia Commons

Do you have a young bookworm on your Christmas list?

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River to River
2:30 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Are We Still One Nation Under God, and Does It Matter?

The Eastern Iowa Coalition of Reason billboard
Eastern Iowa Coalition of Reason

Our country is very much identified as "one nation under God," however, the number of non-religious Americans has risen dramatically.

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Statehouse and Politics
1:55 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Lawmakers: We'll Follow School Funding Law

Iowa Statehouse
John Pemble/IPR

Lawmakers of both major parties predict that next year schools will get early word about state funding .

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Statehouse and Politics
7:15 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Harkin Reflects on His Legacy

Sen. Tom Harkin will retire from the U.S. Senate in January 2015 after 40 years in Congress.
Photo by John Pemble

Sen. Tom Harkin retires from the U.S. Senate in January. He discusses his congressional legacy with Morning Edition, and gives a hint to his life's next chapter. 

Clay Masters: It’s Morning Edition on Iowa Public Radio. I’m Clay Masters. U.S. Democratic Senator Tom Harkin is retiring. He’s been a member of congress for 40 years—10 years in the House, and 30 in the Senate. Sen. Harkin is with me to discuss his career, and also what’s next.  Hello, Senator.

Sen. Tom Harkin: Good Morning. Good to be with you, Clay.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
11:52 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Limits on Expert Witness Testimony

Joe Gratz

The Iowa Supreme Court says expert witnesses cannot testify to a victim's credibility.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
6:13 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Biodiesel Boost

Credit Iowa Biodiesel

  The U.S. House this week overwhelmingly passed a package of tax incentives retroactively for 2014. Among the incentives was the reinstatement of the $1 per gallon biodiesel blenders tax credit that expired on Dec.31, 2013.

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Diabetes Research
4:00 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Conquer Diabetes

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center has existed since 2009, but only found a home earlier this fall.
Oskar Annermarken Flickr

Diabetes was first named in ancient Greek civilization, but there's still much we don't know about the condition.

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