Dean Borg http://iowapublicradio.org en Cedar Rapids Casino Proposal Rejected http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cedar-rapids-casino-proposal-rejected <p>In a four to one vote in Council Bluffs, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission rejected a $174-million proposal for a casino in downtown Cedar Rapids. Commissioner Dolores Mertz of Algona cast the lone “yes” vote.</p><p>Commission Chair Jeff Lamberti said approving the Cedar Rapids Development Group LLC request, “Would be a significant precedent,” that he wasn’t willing to take.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:03:38 +0000 Dean Borg 39272 at http://iowapublicradio.org Cedar Rapids Casino Proposal Rejected Branstad 'Working With Legislators' Towards Medical Marijuana Bill This Session http://iowapublicradio.org/post/branstad-working-legislators-towards-medical-marijuana-bill-session <p>Governor Terry Branstad said Monday he would consider signing a bill with limited allowances for medical cannabis to be prescribed in Iowa. During an appearance on Iowa Public Radio’s River to River, Branstad said he did not want to create more problems or unintended consequences by signing marijuana legislation.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:35:10 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren, Clay Masters & Dean Borg 38736 at http://iowapublicradio.org Branstad 'Working With Legislators' Towards Medical Marijuana Bill This Session Secrets, Deals, the Senate Race, and Sanctions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/secrets-deals-senate-race-and-sanctions <p>Dean Borg guest hosts this politics day edition of 'River to River.' &nbsp;Des Moines Register Political Columnist Kathie Obradovich, University of Northern Iowa's Chris Larimer, and Drake University's David Skidmore are political analysts for this program that includes Iowa, U.S., and international politics.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:06:23 +0000 Dean Borg & Ben Stanton 37806 at http://iowapublicradio.org Secrets, Deals, the Senate Race, and Sanctions Study: Iowa Casinos Reaching 'Maximum Penetration' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/study-iowa-casinos-reaching-maximum-penetration <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A proposed casino in Cedar Rapids would generate $81 million in revenue, but cannibalize $59 million from existing casinos by 2017, according to an Iowa Gaming Market Analysis study made public last night. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:00:26 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren & Dean Borg 36791 at http://iowapublicradio.org Study: Iowa Casinos Reaching 'Maximum Penetration' Top IPR Reporter Picks of 2013 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/top-ipr-reporter-picks-2013 <p>2013 has been a busy year for Iowa Public Radio's news team. Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with reporters and correspondents about some of the most meaningful and challenging stories they covered. It's a "reporter's notebook" edition of the show.</p><p>Here is a list of the full features heard on today's show:</p><blockquote><p>January 10 - <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/undocumented-immigrants-university">Undocumented Immigrants at University</a></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:24:40 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Emily Woodbury, Joyce Russell, Rob Dillard, Amy Mayer, Durrie Bouscaren, Clay Masters, John Pemble & Dean Borg 34194 at http://iowapublicradio.org Top IPR Reporter Picks of 2013 Iowans Remember John F. Kennedy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowans-remember-john-f-kennedy <p>Fifty years ago, the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. Today on River to River, we remember Kennedy by talking with Iowans who remember that tragic day.</p><p>University of Iowa President Sally Mason, as well as former congressman Jim Leach, Senator Charles Grassley, Representative Dave Loebsack, presidential historian Tim Walch, and IPR's own Dean Borg, tell us where they were and share their thoughts about the national tragedy fifty years ago.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:33:23 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Emily Woodbury & Dean Borg 32477 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowans Remember John F. Kennedy After 50 Years, Suburban Restaurant is Closing http://iowapublicradio.org/post/after-50-years-suburban-restaurant-closing <p>A popular Central Iowa restaurant is closing this weekend.&nbsp; <em>(Saturday night; November 16<sup>th</sup>)</em>&nbsp; Iowa Public Radio’s Dean Borg reports the Suburban Restaurant, along U-S Highway Sixty-Nine north of Ames, is what its loyal customers say is an icon of “home-style dining.</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:52:36 +0000 Dean Borg 32181 at http://iowapublicradio.org After 50 Years, Suburban Restaurant is Closing Highlights around the State: Election 2013 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/highlights-around-state-election-2013 <p><strong>$81-million Bond Referendum approved for court services in Polk County</strong></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Iowa City bars will remain 21-only after 10 p.m.&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Cedar Rapids approves Local Option Sales Tax for road repair</strong></p><p></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 04:31:39 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren, Rob Dillard & Dean Borg & George Dorman 31690 at http://iowapublicradio.org Highlights around the State: Election 2013 As cities mull over bond ratings, debate gets ugly in Coralville http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cities-mull-over-bond-ratings-debate-gets-ugly-coralville <p></p><p>Most cities and towns are selling bonds to borrow money.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But Iowa Public Radio’s Dean Borg&nbsp; reports some Iowa cities have a big advantage in the </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">cost</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of borrowing. &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:54:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren & Dean Borg 30910 at http://iowapublicradio.org As cities mull over bond ratings, debate gets ugly in Coralville Politics Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-125 <p>More than two weeks after the start of the government shutdown, a deal finally comes out of the Senate. Today on River To River, it&#39;s politics day. IPR reporter Dean Borg guests hosts, joined by political scientists: Drake University&#39;s Dennis Goldford and the University of Iowa&#39;s Tim Hagle. They discuss the negotiations taking place in Washington, public opinion of Congress, and take your questions and comments.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:56:10 +0000 Dean Borg & Emily Woodbury 30678 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day Five Years After Flood, UI's Hancher Auditorium to be Demolished http://iowapublicradio.org/post/five-years-after-flood-uis-hancher-auditorium-be-demolished <p></p><p></p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">In Iowa City, a highly visible end of an era for a fine arts icon: Hancher Auditorium’s walls will fall to demolition crews Monday – five years after the Iowa River’s&nbsp; muddy flood waters surged over the stage where the world’s best dancers, musicians, and thespians once performed. Demolition crews have been working inside since early summer, gutting Hancher’s interior.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:45:45 +0000 Dean Borg 29494 at http://iowapublicradio.org Five Years After Flood, UI's Hancher Auditorium to be Demolished Lawsuit May Stall Davenport Casino Plan http://iowapublicradio.org/post/lawsuit-may-stall-davenport-casino-plan <p></p><p>Prospects for a new casino along Interstate Highway 80 on Davenport’s north side may be stalling as the city considers a lawsuit.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:04:01 +0000 Dean Borg 29323 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lawsuit May Stall Davenport Casino Plan UI Hospitals See More Uninsured Patients http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ui-hospitals-see-more-uninsured-patients <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.uihealthcare.org/">University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics</a> is experiencing an increase in patients without health insurance.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>UI Hospitals Chief Financial Officer Ken Fisher says the growth in uninsured patients coincides with the state stopping any further enrollment in the <a href="http://www.ime.state.ia.us/IowaCare/">Iowa Care</a> program for low-income residents.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:55:41 +0000 Dean Borg 29141 at http://iowapublicradio.org UI Hospitals See More Uninsured Patients Enrollment Up, Overall, for Iowa's State University System http://iowapublicradio.org/post/enrollment-overall-iowas-state-university-system <p></p><p>Iowa State University is reporting more students on campus this fall than ever before.&nbsp; The University of Northern Iowa has more students than expected. And the University of Iowa reports its fall enrollment held steady.</p><p>Reporting to the State Board of Regents meeting in Cedar Falls, Iowa State President Steven Leath said ISU’s enrollment of 33, 241 students is 7 percent more than last year’</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:27:59 +0000 Dean Borg 28965 at http://iowapublicradio.org Enrollment Up, Overall, for Iowa's State University System Harvest Begins in Iowa for Specialty Corn http://iowapublicradio.org/post/harvest-begins-iowa-specialty-corn-0 <p></p><p>Harvesting is underway in Iowa of corn grown for specialized purposes.</p><p>In a field near Ankeny, Paul Mens was operating one of two corn pickers this week, specially designed for harvesting the corn ears that will be shelled at a nearby Monsanto seed corn processing plant.</p><p>“In my opinion, for what this has been through, the yield is real good," he says, referring to challenging weather this year. "You can tell where the wet spots were, where it was too wet this spring, but overall, it’s doing real well."</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:04:09 +0000 Dean Borg 28837 at http://iowapublicradio.org Harvest Begins in Iowa for Specialty Corn Drought Conditions are Worsening Across the State http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-conditions-are-worsening-across-state <p><em> </em></p><p>The <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/">U.S. Drought Monitor</a>’s weekly update shows drought worsening and spreading across&nbsp; the state. The monitor’s report includes Iowa in a Midwest section badly needing rain.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Iowa State University Climatologist <a href="https://twitter.com/ElwynnTaylor">Elwynn Taylor</a> says this week’s report is listing more of Iowa in a severe drought category.</p><p>“And it includes now almost all of the southern part of Iowa, and almost all of the central,” he says.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:59:01 +0000 Dean Borg 28638 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought Conditions are Worsening Across the State Sioux City May End Glass Recycling http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sioux-city-may-end-glass-recycling <p></p><p></p><p>Sioux City’s garbage contractor is asking the City Council to discontinue collecting glass for recycling.</p><p>The City Council will vote next week on the request to exclude glass from the city’s curbside pickup of recyclable materials.</p><p>Glass is easy to recycle, but expensive to haul to a recycling center - and inexpensive to make new.</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 11:02:26 +0000 Dean Borg 28435 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sioux City May End Glass Recycling E85 Popularity up in Iowa. http://iowapublicradio.org/post/e85-popularity-iowa <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Iowa’s ultra-high ethonal, E-85, fuel pumps are increasingly popular.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Iowa Public Radio’s Dean Borg reports.</span></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:53:12 +0000 Dean Borg 28056 at http://iowapublicradio.org E85 Popularity up in Iowa. Ames Straw Poll and Sorenson Ethics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ames-straw-poll-and-sorenson-ethics <p> The U.S. evacuated non-essential personnel from 19 embassies in response to a heightened threat of terrorist attack this week.&nbsp; And, back in Iowa, debate is renewed over the future of the Ames Straw Poll, and the Iowa Precinct Caucuses as new allegations emerge about Senator Kent Sorenson's endorsement of 2012 Presidential hopefuls.&nbsp; Host Dean Borg discusses these and other issues with ISU Political Science Professor Jim McCormick and Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa.</p><p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:19:07 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Dean Borg 27078 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ames Straw Poll and Sorenson Ethics Casino Competition in Eastern Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/casino-competition-eastern-iowa <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>After nearly 25-years of being docked in the Mississippi River, the Rhythm City Casino adjacent to Davenport’s downtown business district is moving to dry land.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:37:37 +0000 Dean Borg 26411 at http://iowapublicradio.org Casino Competition in Eastern Iowa Obama Speech Circuit and Iowa's Political Geography http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-speech-circuit-and-iowas-political-geography <p> President Obama spoke in Galesburg, Illinois Wednesday as part of a swing through the Midwest to talk about the economy.&nbsp; Host Dean Borg gets an update from that appearance, and talks with Bruce Gronbeck, Emeritus Professor of Communication Studies at University of Iowa about the other speeches the President has been making in recent weeks.&nbsp; Then, Chris Larimer, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa explains why the political geography of Iowa heavily favors Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley in his bid to replace U.S. Senator Tom Harkin.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:12:24 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Dean Borg 26340 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obama Speech Circuit and Iowa's Political Geography Politics Day: Supreme Court Decisions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-supreme-court-decisions <p>On Politics Wednesday on River to River, guest host Dean Borg talks about recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. &nbsp;Guests include political analysts Donna Hoffman, Professor and Chair of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa and&nbsp;Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa. &nbsp;Iowa Congressman Steve King also gives his reaction to the rulings and gives an update on the Farm&nbsp;Bill from Washington D.C.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:37:31 +0000 Dean Borg & Katherine Perkins 23070 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Supreme Court Decisions Farm fields dotted with rainwater instead of crops http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-fields-dotted-rainwater-instead-crops <p>Farmers in Winnebago, Worth, and Cerro Gordo&nbsp; counties have been stymied by frequent, heavy rains. Now well past optimum planting dates, thousands of acres will be unproductive this year as farmers hope to be able to seed cover crops to prevent wind and water from eroding the barren top soil.</p><p></p><p><br>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 03:41:53 +0000 Dean Borg 22907 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farm fields dotted with rainwater instead of crops Spring 2013 Iowa Floods http://iowapublicradio.org/post/spring-2013-iowa-floods <p></p><p><br>&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><br><br>&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 15:30:06 +0000 Dean Borg, Durrie Bouscaren & John Pemble 21623 at http://iowapublicradio.org Spring 2013 Iowa Floods Demolition of UI's Flood-Damaged Hancher Auditorium Begins Soon http://iowapublicradio.org/post/demolition-uis-flood-damaged-hancher-auditorium-begins-soon <p>The University of Iowa will soon begin demolishing its flood-damaged Hancher Auditorium. UI has shut-down the climate control that has been heating and cooling the building during the past five years.</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 12:17:52 +0000 Dean Borg 20663 at http://iowapublicradio.org Demolition of UI's Flood-Damaged Hancher Auditorium Begins Soon Iowa Experiments with Online Education http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-experiments-online-education <p>Iowa is nearing the end of the first year of a three-year experiment with the Iowa Virtual Academy.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:43:47 +0000 Dean Borg 19580 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Experiments with Online Education Iowa's Experiment with On-Line Education http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-experiment-line-education <p></p><p>Iowa is nearing the end of the first year of a three-year experiment with the Iowa Virtual Academy.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Dean Borg 19461 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Experiment with On-Line Education Politics Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-43 <p></p><p></p><div>Future presidential candidates in Iowa, Board of Regents, Iowa state legislature, the search for a replacement for Senator Tom Harkin, and the self-reflection of the Republican Party. Guests are Dennis Goldford, Professor of Politics at Drake University and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tim<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Hagle</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of </span>Iowa.</div><div><br></div><p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 20:32:03 +0000 Dean Borg 17975 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day The Future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles http://iowapublicradio.org/post/future-unmanned-aerial-vehicles <p>Often when we hear about unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, it pertains to military strikes and surveillance.&nbsp; However unmanned aerial vehicle technology is bringing UAVs into our everyday lives right here in Iowa.&nbsp;&nbsp; Today on "River to River" we explore the domestic uses of UAVs.</p><p></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:43:13 +0000 Dean Borg 17910 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Davenport Moving Toward City-Run Casino http://iowapublicradio.org/post/davenport-moving-toward-city-run-casino <p></p><p>There’s a lot of interest in expanding casino gambling in Iowa.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Linn County’s referendum next Tuesday decides whether to allow a casino in Cedar Rapids.</p><p>There’s a similar initiative in Warren County for&nbsp; Norwalk, at the southwest edge of Des Moines.</p><p>Neither have casinos now. But in the Quad-Cities - where there are three casinos along the Mississippi River - the City of Davenport is moving to purchase and operate one of them.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:22:22 +0000 Dean Borg 16906 at http://iowapublicradio.org Davenport Moving Toward City-Run Casino