Iowa Public Radio http://iowapublicradio.org en 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 Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling http://iowapublicradio.org/post/common-ground-between-iraqs-rebels-may-be-crumbling Abu Wissam speaks to us by phone from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. He asks us to use his nickname to protect him, his family and his missing father before he recounts his father's kidnapping.<p>The men came on evening of July 3, just before Abu Wissam's family was preparing to break their day-long fast during the holy month of Ramadan.<p>"There were seven of them and before I knew it they were in our kitchen," he says.<p>Abu Wissam asked them who they were. They said they were from the Islamic State, and then they took his father, a retired general who served in Saddam Hussein's army. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 44197 at http://iowapublicradio.org Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends http://iowapublicradio.org/post/federal-health-exchange-stays-busy-after-open-enrollment-ends For months, journalists and politicians fixated on the number of people signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act. It turned out that more than 5 million people signed up using HealthCare.gov by April 19.<p>But perhaps more surprising is that, according to federal data released Wednesday to ProPublica, there have been nearly 1 million transactions on the exchange since then. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:52:00 +0000 Charles Ornstein 44194 at http://iowapublicradio.org Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends Confusion With A Chance Of Clarity: Your Weather Questions, Answered http://iowapublicradio.org/post/confusion-chance-clarity-your-weather-questions-answered Many listeners and readers felt a concise explanation of "a 20 percent chance of rain" was missing from <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/22/332650051/there-s-a-20-percent-chance-of-rain-so-what-does-that-mean" target="_blank">this story</a> about weather forecasts and probability, so we followed up with two meteorologists.<p>From meterologist Eli Jacks, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service:<p><blockquote><p>"There's a 20 percent chance that at least one-hundreth of an inch of rain — and we call that measurable amounts of rain — will fall at any s Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 44196 at http://iowapublicradio.org Finding The Anthropology In Latin Dance Music http://iowapublicradio.org/post/finding-anthropology-latin-dance-music <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15199041/jorge-drexler" target="_blank">Jorge Drexler</a>'s songs have been called introspective and literate. He's been compared to <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15168166/paul-simon" target="_blank">Paul Simon</a>. But a couple years ago, the Uruguayan musician began to wonder what it would take to write dance-oriented music. That's the assignment he gave himself on his latest album, <em>Bailar en la Cueva</em>, or "dancing in the cave."<p>"I decided to start this record from the feet and from the movement centers in the body," Drexler says. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 editor 44195 at http://iowapublicradio.org Finding The Anthropology In Latin Dance Music 'Tahrir Harassment' Trials End In Sexual Assault Convictions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tahrir-harassment-trials-end-sexual-assault-convictions Sexual assault convictions have been handed down to some Egyptian men, after several women were attacked during celebrations for incoming President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Audie Cornish speaks with freelance journalist Nadine Marroushi about the verdicts. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:16:00 +0000 editor 44188 at http://iowapublicradio.org N.Y. Man's Death Prompts Police Introspection On Use Of Force http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ny-mans-death-prompts-police-introspection-use-force Funeral services are being held for Eric Garner, a New York City man who died in police custody last week in Staten Island. A video of the incident shows one officer using an apparent chokehold on Garner before he died. The incident is prompting the New York Police Department to rethink how it trains all its officers in the use of force. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Joel Rose 44189 at http://iowapublicradio.org Faced With Undocumented Minors, Iowa Is Wrenched By Stark Divide http://iowapublicradio.org/post/faced-undocumented-minors-iowa-wrenched-stark-divide Although the governor of Iowa says that unaccompanied minors from Central America should not find shelter in his state, more than 100 are already there. But the mayor of Des Moines, the state's largest city, and many religious leaders are at odds with the governor. They say Iowa should be welcoming and help children in need. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 44192 at http://iowapublicradio.org Glenn Beck Takes His Campaign Against Common Core To The Big Screen http://iowapublicradio.org/post/glenn-beck-takes-his-campaign-against-common-core-big-screen <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=Glenn+Beck+Takes+His+Campaign+Against+Common+Core+To+The+Big+Screen&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA2NDA4NzY1MDEyODkzMjYyNTkxZjFiZQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>We begin this hour with the Common Core, which is getting a little less common. The writing and math standards for kids - excuse me - the reading and math standards for kids from kindergarten through high school were adopted by most states in the country. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 44191 at http://iowapublicradio.org Kerry Claims Progress In Gaza Cease-Fire Talks http://iowapublicradio.org/post/kerry-claims-progress-gaza-cease-fire-talks <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=Kerry+Claims+Progress+In+Gaza+Cease-Fire+Talks&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA2NDA4NzY1MDEyODkzMjYyNTkxZjFiZQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In the Gaza Strip, the death toll has risen to more than 690 Palestinians - that includes at least 230 women and children. At least 32 Israeli soldiers have been killed and three civilians in Israel have died from rockets or mortars fired from Gaza. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 44190 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Doctor Leading The Fight Against Ebola Has Caught The Virus http://iowapublicradio.org/post/doctor-leading-fight-against-ebola-has-caught-virus In the past several months, Dr. Sheik Umar Khan has been a leader in the fight against the deadliest and largest Ebola outbreak in history.<p>Khan, 39, has treated over 100 Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. He's a "national hero," the country's health minister said Tuesday.<p>Now the doctor has caught the deadly virus himself, Reuters <a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/07/23/us-health-ebola-africa-idINKBN0FS10T20140723">reports</a>. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:03:00 +0000 editor 44193 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Doctor Leading The Fight Against Ebola Has Caught The Virus Palestinian's Death Provokes Israeli Debate On Defining Terrorism http://iowapublicradio.org/post/palestinians-death-provokes-israeli-debate-defining-terrorism Shortly before the Israel-Hamas fighting began in Gaza earlier this month, two separate killings ratcheted up tensions.<p>First, three Israeli teenagers were killed, allegedly by Hamas in the West Bank. Israel has arrested many Palestinians, but says it is still searching for the main suspects in the deaths of Naftali Frenkel, 16, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19.<p>Shortly after the Israeli deaths, a 16-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was abducted and killed. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:35:00 +0000 editor 44185 at http://iowapublicradio.org Palestinian's Death Provokes Israeli Debate On Defining Terrorism Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cat-pda-vs-human-pda-and-other-animal-behavior-explained From feisty kittens to pacing cheetahs, Vint Virga knows animal behavior.<p>A veterinarian who specializes in behavioral medicine, Virga has treated many household pets in his clinic. But for the past five years he has been working mostly with leopards, wolves, bears, zebras and other animals living in zoos and wildlife parks. He deals with such issues as appetites, anxiety and obsessive behavior.<p>"I'm always trying to provide every single animal I come into contact with ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:25:00 +0000 editor 44187 at http://iowapublicradio.org Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained 'A Hard Day's Night': A Pop Artifact That Still Crackles With Energy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hard-days-night-pop-artifact-still-crackles-energy <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHas50cupCA</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:15:00 +0000 John Powers 44186 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'A Hard Day's Night': A Pop Artifact That Still Crackles With Energy GM Recalls Nearly 718,000 Vehicles For 'Varying Safety Issues' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gm-recalls-nearly-718000-vehicles-varying-safety-issues Announcing six different safety recalls Wednesday, GM said it needs to fix problems that range from a turn-signal bug to an unpredictable loss of power steering. The flaws were found in vehicles from model years 2011 to 2015.<p>GM says no deaths and only two crashes have been linked to the recalls, which come in a year that has already seen the Detroit carmaker recall nearly 30 million vehicles worldwide. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:13:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44184 at http://iowapublicradio.org New California Football Law Tackles Brain Injuries Head-On http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-california-football-law-tackles-brain-injuries-head In a few weeks, high school football players across the country will begin training for the season to come. In California, come January 1st, those practices will be different.<p>Governor Jerry Brown this week signed <a href="http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB2127" target="_blank">a new law</a> that limits full-contact drills for all teams in public and private middle and high schools. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:49:00 +0000 editor 44183 at http://iowapublicradio.org New California Football Law Tackles Brain Injuries Head-On Commonwealth Games Begin http://iowapublicradio.org/post/commonwealth-games-begin <em>Only A Game</em>&#8216;s <strong>Doug Tribou</strong> is in Scotland for start of the <a href="http://www.glasgow2014.com/" target="_blank">Commonwealth Games</a>, an event that takes place every four years.<p>About 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories will fiercely compete for medals in 17 sports. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:49:00 +0000 editor 44182 at http://iowapublicradio.org Commonwealth Games Begin Netherlands Mourns As Crash Victims' Bodies Arrive http://iowapublicradio.org/post/netherlands-mourns-crash-victims-bodies-arrive The Dutch Safety Board says it has taken charge of the investigation into the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Eastern Ukraine. The two black boxes from the airliner are reported to have arrived in Britain.<p>In the Netherlands, it&#8217;s a National Day of Mourning. Church bells in towns and villages across the country rang for five minutes today, just before two transport planes arrived at Eindhoven airbase, carrying the first coffins of the crash victims.<p>The remains are being taken to a military base in Hilversum, southeast of Amsterdam. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:49:00 +0000 editor 44181 at http://iowapublicradio.org Netherlands Mourns As Crash Victims' Bodies Arrive Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/does-your-dog-feel-jealous-or-purely-human-flaw When you kiss your husband, does your dog try to get your attention? And does that mean that your dog feels jealous? Threatened? Or are we just imagining that?<p>Many if not all dog owners are sure that their pets have feelings. And we've known for a while that animals exhibit behaviors that look like jealousy, guilt and shame. But it's hard to find out what animals are really feeling. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:32:00 +0000 editor 44177 at http://iowapublicradio.org Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw? This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen http://iowapublicradio.org/post/aspiring-astronaut-might-be-worlds-most-amazing-teen At age 7, Gideon Gidori knew exactly what he wanted to be: a rocket ship pilot.<p>The only thing was, he was living in a tiny Tanzanian village where schools only went through grade six and books about space (or, for that matter, any books) were scarce.<p>But that didn't stop him. Now 15, <a href="http://gideongidori.tumblr.com/">Gidori</a> is determined to become Tanzania's very first astronaut.<p>Gidori has always been fascinated with stars and spent his boyhood nights staring at the clear skies above his hometown. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:30:00 +0000 Linda Poon 44179 at http://iowapublicradio.org This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen Plane Crash In Taiwan Kills Dozens, Leaving Some Survivors http://iowapublicradio.org/post/plane-crash-taiwan-kills-dozens-leaving-some-survivors A domestic flight in Taiwan that was attempting to land in bad weather brought on by <a href="http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/typhoon-matmo-taiwan-china-recap-20140723" target="_blank">a strong typhoon Wednesday night</a> crashed near the runway, killing as many as 47 of the 58 people aboard, according to multiple media outlets.<p>About a dozen survivors have reportedly been taken to local hospitals; the plane reportedly had 54 passengers and a crew of four.<p>From Kuala Lumpur, NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports:<p><blockquote><p>"The Transasia Airways turboprop plane took off from the Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:15:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44178 at http://iowapublicradio.org Plane Crash In Taiwan Kills Dozens, Leaving Some Survivors Nazi War Crimes Suspect Dies In U.S. One Day Before Extradition Order http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nazi-war-crimes-suspect-dies-us-one-day-extradition-order A judge in Philadelphia issued an order today granting a request for a former Nazi camp guard to be extradited to Germany, but 89-year-old Johann "Hans" Breyer died Tuesday, his lawyer told The Associated Press.<p>Attorney Dennis Boyle told the news agency that Breyer died Tuesday night at a Philadelphia hospital. According to Boyle, Breyer had heart disease and dementia. <p>U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas R. Rice said in his ruling: "There is probable cause to believe that Breyer ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:58:00 +0000 editor 44180 at http://iowapublicradio.org Nazi War Crimes Suspect Dies In U.S. One Day Before Extradition Order