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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spent much of Friday in Iowa at two rallies billed as “Women Win.”

In Cedar Rapids, she made a pitch for early voting. Clinton urged the crowd to “compare and contrast” her and Republican rival Donald Trump.

“ Think about every single concern you’ve got. Think about your kids and your grandkids.” Clinton said. "Think about what you’ll tell them about how you voted because I want you join me in voting for a better America.” 

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A Des Moines woman has been arrested for allegedly voting twice. Terri Rote is charged with Election Misconduct in the 1st Degree, which is a Class D felony.

"I think in the 25 plus years that I've been doing this job, this maybe the third one where we've had some irregularity that's resulted in a criminal charge," says Polk County Attorney John Sarcone. "People aren’t voting more than once. And if they do, or attempt to do it, they will get caught because there are safeguards in place....We want everybody to exercise their right to vote, but only once."

With Thanksgiving in the air, prepare to mark your calendars with the exciting arts events coming up this month in Iowa. This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features:

·         Artist Gary Kelley speaking on his “Giving the Devil his Due” exhibit at the Figge and on an upcoming concert collaboration with the wcfsymphony

·         Julia Bullard diving into Trio 826’s Fall Residency program at the Hearst Center for the Arts

·         A recent visit with the President of OPERA America Marc Scorca

What To Do With Your Fallen Leaves

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To rake or not to rake this time of year? That is the question. Living in the Midwest means that the changing seasons bring about changing chores. This hour on Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe talks with  Iowa State University horticulturists Linda Naeve and Richard Jauron. 


If you do rake your leaves, you need to decide what to do with them. Jauron says that instead of disposing of them, try using them as mulch.


"If you bag them with a mulching mower, you can save them for next year and use them as a mulch."


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With rising student debt nationwide, career placement is often considered the most important marker of a successful stint at university. But Dave Gould, member of the honors faculty and administrator at the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa, says pragmatic, salary-focused concerns can't be the only questions posed to students during their time in school.

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A year before the Iowa caucuses, hundreds of journalists come here to cover the many presidential candidates. This month, a Los Angeles crew is in Iowa filming six 30 minute episodes of a comedy television series about being a reporter during the campaign season.  “Embeds” centers around four young reporters covering a presidential candidate struggling to stay in the race.  

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As a boy he lived in a refugee camp in his native Afghanistan. As a teenager he fled from the Taliban to England. Now, in his early thirties, Hamdullah Mohib serves as an ambassador to the U.S. from Afghanistan.


Posting a photo of your child on Facebook may seem like a harmless way to keep your family and friends up to date, but “sharenting” has actually become a hotly debated topic among parents. As more concern grows for the safety and privacy of children online, one Iowa dad used his children’s social media presence as a learning tool.

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence returned to Iowa this afternoon, stumping at a rally at Central Iowa Community College in Fort Dodge. Before a crowd of approximately 300 people, Pence said Trump’s ability to give voice to the aspirations and frustrations of the American people is similar to that of President Ronald Reagan.

Republican VP nominee went on to discuss plans for the first 100 days of a Trump administration.

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Republican US Representative David Young and Democratic challenger Jim Mowrer debated for the second and final time Wednesday night in Council Bluffs. Both aim to represent southwest Iowa in Congress come January. 

One highlight of the evening was when Iowa Public Television moderators gave each candidate a chance to respond to a negative campaign ad produced by their opposition.

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Five of the six biggest companies that produce and sell seeds and chemicals to the world's farmers are pursuing deals that could leave a market dominated by just three giant, global companies. They say getting bigger means bringing more sophisticated and innovative solutions to farmers faster, but opponents say consolidation has irreversible downsides.

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On this politics day edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with two Iowa voters who we've been checking in with since the Iowa Caucuses now that we're just a few weeks away from Election Day 2016. During this hour, we also digests this week's political news with analysts Hans Hassell of Cornell College and Justin Holmes of the University of Northern Iowa.

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The massive industry that supplies farmers with the tools to raise crops is on the brink of a watershed moment. High-profile deals that would see some of the largest global agri-chemical companies combine are in the works and could have ripple effects from farm fields to dinner tables across the globe.

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A new group is advocating for legislation to restore the voting rights of Iowa felons. The Coalition for Fair Restoration of Voting Rights comprises 17 groups, including the ACLU of Iowa, and the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP.

The long-term goal is a constitutional amendment that ends felony disenfranchisement from the ballot box. But the coalition is also proposing legislation for the next session that allows people with less serious felonies to vote.

See Iowa in 1919 through the eyes of a 28-year-old stenographer, celebrate the contributions of the Hollywood elite in World War II, find out how the railroads revolutionized mail delivery: You can do all of that and more at the 2016 History Camp Iowa.   This hour, we get a preview of what you can learn at the event next month in Des Moines, featuring professional and amateur historians as they speak on Iowa as well as national and international history topics.

Living Longer, But With More Pain

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People are living longer. But that doesn’t always mean they’re living well longer. One of the reasons for the diminished quality of later life is back pain, which the latest Global Burden of Disease study recently named the second most common ailment affecting aging people across the globe. According to Dr. Joseph Chen, Director of the University of Iowa Spine Center, the prevalence of back pain is not surprising.

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Food and farming are not high on list of issues voters consider important this election season. In fact, neither issue even registers on the most recent Pew poll. Agricultural policy, however, is strongly connected to a number of significant voter concerns like healthcare, immigration, and the economy.

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It's a little later in the month than usual, but the Studio One team is heading back to the Des Moines Social Club this Thursday, and we'll be joined for the live broadcast by some old friends: the long-running Des Moines band Brother Trucker.

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Analysts at Iowa State University say the Iowa Department of Transportation could save millions of dollars each year by simply replacing its snowplows more often. The researchers combed through 10 years of maintenance records to reach this conclusion.

No more putting it off!

How do you take breaks from the constant election newscycle? On this edition of the Procrastinator's Politics, we talk with some folks on the streets of Iowa City about the ways they avoid endless discussions about Trump's twitter feed. We'll also catch you up on the political coverage you need to hear, about the second congressional district race and our interview with the Democrat running for U.S. Senate, Patty Judge.

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Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds is speaking out against the reported behavior of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump toward women over the years. 

But she predicts that when Iowa voters go to the polls next month they will focus on other issues.      

At the Branstad administration’s weekly news conference, Reynolds was asked about reports of sexual harassment and assault against Trump.

Blue Avenue October 23

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Governor Branstad says a higher minimum wage in some parts of the state but not others is causing problems for businesses and local governments.   

He says he’ll work with the legislature to try to agree on a higher statewide minimum wage.

Linn, Polk, Wapello, and Johnson Counties have approved a higher countywide minimum wage.    But not all towns in those counties have gone along.  

Also, the governor says, some cities straddle county lines.  

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While the unprecedented nature of the 2016 election has given politicos plenty of fodder for conversation, it also could change the script for how our political system moves forward. With many members of the Republican party disavowing their presidential candidate, how the GOP will move forward after this election remains to be seen. An even larger question is how the United States's political process will move forward if Republican nominee Donald Trump follows through on threats to reject the results of the election.

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Moccasin, chipmunk, hickory--many words from Native American languages have morphed into words we use in modern American English. English language expert Patricia O’Connor explains that many Native American words that have been adopted into English still retain their native associations, but there are many words especially for animals and different kinds of food that have gone full cross cultural.

Jim Mowrer for Congress & Young for Iowa

Political watchers say the race in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District is one of the most competitive in the country.

The incumbent, Republican David Young, has only served one term in Congress. And Democrats historically have larger turnouts during presidential election years. So Democrats says their candidate Jim Mowrer has a shot at turning this district blue.

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Iowa Public Radio’s 2016 Opera in October series dramatically concludes with a brilliant January performance by the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. We’ll broadcast Verdi’s La Traviata on Saturday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 30 at 3:00 p.m.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features Orchestra Iowa’s “New Frontiers” concert. It includes music composed by Milhaud, Mozart, and Schumann and features bassoonist Matthew Ransom.


The former city clerk of Casey, Iowa was sentenced on Friday to five years in prison for mail fraud and the arson of a community building.

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Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is expecting early voting totals to be about the same as in past presidential elections, about 43-percent of Iowans voting before Election Day.

But Pate says he’s especially interested in the turn-out and voting preferences of millennial voters.