Iowa Public Radio http://iowapublicradio.org en During Transport, A Giraffe In South Africa Hits Head On Overpass, Dies http://iowapublicradio.org/post/during-transport-giraffe-south-africa-hits-head-overpass-dies <a href="https://twitter.com/gussilber/status/495151630774730752">As one South African journalist put it on Twitter</a>, this tale is worthy of Aesop: It starts on a South African highway on Thursday. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:01:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 44618 at http://iowapublicradio.org During Transport, A Giraffe In South Africa Hits Head On Overpass, Dies Simmering Online Debate Shows Emoji Is In The Eye Of The Beholder http://iowapublicradio.org/post/simmering-online-debate-shows-emoji-eye-beholder Images, GIFs and <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/30/326937998/why-140-characters-when-one-will-do-tracing-the-emoji-evolution">emojis</a> — particularly the latter — have morphed into ways we express our feelings. They've quickly replaced words and sentences in our texts, tweets and emails.<p><em>So, what is this emoji? Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:48:00 +0000 Kat Chow 44619 at http://iowapublicradio.org Simmering Online Debate Shows Emoji Is In The Eye Of The Beholder Cantor To Step Down This Month To Make Room For Successor http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cantor-step-down-month-make-room-successor Fresh from relinquishing his House majority leader position in the wake of a stinging primary defeat, Rep. Eric Cantor now says he will give up his Virginia congressional seat months before his term expires, to make room for his replacement.<p>"[It] is with tremendous gratitude and a heavy heart that I have decided to resign from Congress, effective Aug. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:24:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44617 at http://iowapublicradio.org Cantor To Step Down This Month To Make Room For Successor Unemployment Ticks Up To 6.2 Percent; 209,000 Jobs Added http://iowapublicradio.org/post/unemployment-ticks-62-percent-209000-jobs-added The nation's unemployment rate moved up a bit in the month of July, to 6.2 percent, as more Americans who'd been sitting on the sidelines started looking for work, according to the latest monthly<a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm"> report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.</a> Nonfarm payrolls increased by 209,000 jobs, a bit less than economists had expected.<p>Even so, according to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/01/us-usa-economy-idUSKBN0G134N20140801">Reuters</a>, it marks "the sixth straight month that employment has expanded by more than 200, Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:44:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44616 at http://iowapublicradio.org Unemployment Ticks Up To 6.2 Percent; 209,000 Jobs Added Modern-Day Dust Bowl Challenges Prairie Farmers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/modern-day-dust-bowl-challenges-prairie-farmers <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">When the wind picked up from the south on John Schweiser’s farm outside Rocky Ford, Colo., the sky would go black. A charging wall of dust would force the 80-year-old farmer and his wife to hunker down in their ranch-style farmhouse.</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:22:01 +0000 Luke Runyon 44615 at http://iowapublicradio.org Modern-Day Dust Bowl Challenges Prairie Farmers Court In Uganda Throws Out Anti-Gay Law http://iowapublicradio.org/post/court-uganda-throws-out-anti-gay-law A court in Uganda has thrown out a controversial law that punished acts of homosexuality harshly, including with life in prison.<p><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/uganda-court-rule-legality-anti-gay-law-24801511">The AP reports</a> the decision was a technical one. The court ruled that there was no quorum when Parliament met to pass the law.<p>The AP adds:<p><blockquote><p>"'The speaker was obliged to ensure that there was quorum,' the court said in its ruling. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:13:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 44613 at http://iowapublicradio.org Court In Uganda Throws Out Anti-Gay Law Caffeine Gives Athletes An Edge, But Don't Overdo It http://iowapublicradio.org/post/caffeine-gives-athletes-edge-dont-overdo-it After winning the Tour de France last Sunday, Vincenzo Nibali was tested for a bunch of performance-enhancing substances. But Nibali and his fellow competitors were welcome to have several cups of coffee (or cans of Red Bull), before their ride into Paris; caffeine is not on the World Anti-Doping Agency's <a href="http://www.wada-ama.org/Documents/World_Anti-Doping_Program/WADP-Prohibited-list/2014/WADA-prohibited-list-2014-EN.pdf">banned list</a>.<p>Still, the drug is definitely a performance booster. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Katherine Hobson 44614 at http://iowapublicradio.org Caffeine Gives Athletes An Edge, But Don't Overdo It How To Mark 10 Years Of Co-Hosting 'Morning Edition'? Take A Break! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-mark-10-years-co-hosting-morning-edition-take-break <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=How+To+Mark+10+Years+Of+Co-Hosting+%27Morning+Edition%27%3F+Take+A+Break%21+&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMTc0MTg1MDEyNTUxMTQxMDRkODNiYw004)"/></div><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:14:00 +0000 editor 44612 at http://iowapublicradio.org CDC Chief On West African Ebola: 'We Know What To Do, But It's Not Easy' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cdc-chief-west-african-ebola-we-know-what-do-its-not-easy <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=CDC+Chief+On+West+African+Ebola%3A+%27We+Know+What+To+Do%2C+But+It%27s+Not+Easy%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5ODMwMDEyMjg3NjMzMTE1ZjE2MA001)"/></div><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:14:00 +0000 editor 44611 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fighting Resumes In Gaza, As Israeli Military Says Cease-Fire Is Over http://iowapublicradio.org/post/despite-cease-fire-fighting-continues-gaza It was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/31/336925603/israel-and-hamas-agree-to-3-day-cease-fire-un-says">negotiated as a three-day humanitarian cease-fire</a> that was to start at 8 a.m. local time today.<p>But just hours in, fighting erupted again in Gaza.<p>Palestinian authorities told the AP that at least 27 people were killed in Gaza after an Israeli tank opened fire. NPR's Emily Harris reports Israel accused Hamas of continuing its rocket fire.<p>One Israeli official told Emily: "At this point it's clear the Palestinians violated the ceasefire in three ways. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:55:00 +0000 editor 44608 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fighting Resumes In Gaza, As Israeli Military Says Cease-Fire Is Over Everyone Goes To The Store To Get Milk. So Why's It Way In The Back? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/everyone-goes-store-get-milk-so-whys-it-way-back <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=Everyone+Goes+To+The+Store+To+Get+Milk.+So+Why%27s+It+Way+In+The+Back%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMTc0MTg1MDEyNTUxMTQxMDRkODNiYw004)"/></div><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:46:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 44609 at http://iowapublicradio.org Pa. Man's Parting Message: 'Please Don't Email Me, I'm Dead' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pa-mans-parting-message-please-dont-email-me-im-dead <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=Pa.+Man%27s+Parting+Message%3A+%27Please+Don%27t+Email+Me%2C+I%27m+Dead%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5OTg3MjYzMDEzNDYwOTI1Njc1MmQwYw001)"/></div><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:44:00 +0000 editor 44610 at http://iowapublicradio.org Assessing Obama's Foreign Policy After A Week Of Crises http://iowapublicradio.org/post/assessing-obamas-foreign-policy-after-week-crises <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=Assessing+Obama%27s+Foreign+Policy+After+A+Week+Of+Crises&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzNjEzMDEyMTY4MzMwNzBiMGMyYQ004)"/></div><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:05:00 +0000 editor 44607 at http://iowapublicradio.org Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data To Changed Terrorist Behavior http://iowapublicradio.org/post/big-data-firm-says-it-can-link-snowden-data-changed-terrorist-behavior For nearly a year, U.S. government officials have said revelations from former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden harmed national security and allowed terrorists to develop their own countermeasures. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:05:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 44606 at http://iowapublicradio.org Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data To Changed Terrorist Behavior More Deadly Fighting In Gaza Puts Cease-Fire In Question http://iowapublicradio.org/post/update-gaza-cease-fire <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=More+Deadly+Fighting+In+Gaza+Puts+Cease-Fire+In+Question&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5MjM1MDEyODE2MzMyMTZmZDQwMg001)"/></div><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:05:00 +0000 editor 44605 at http://iowapublicradio.org Minnesota's Minimum-Wage Workers Get 75-Cent Increase http://iowapublicradio.org/post/minnesotas-minimum-wage-workers-get-75-cent-increase <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.mpr.org/">http://www.mpr.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Minnesota%27s+Minimum-Wage+Workers+Get+75-Cent+Increase&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDUyNTY4MDEyNDU5NTA0MzAxYzQ4NQ001)"/></div><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:05:00 +0000 editor 44604 at http://iowapublicradio.org Syracuse Researchers Melt Rock, Grill A Steak Over Magma http://iowapublicradio.org/post/syracuse-researchers-melt-rock-grill-steak-over-magma <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=Syracuse+Researchers+Melt+Rock%2C+Grill+A+Steak+Over+Magma&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExNDE2ODUyMDEzNjkxNjcyNDgxNWNhMg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:30:00 +0000 editor 44601 at http://iowapublicradio.org Inquiry Shows CIA Spied On Senate Panel That Was Investigating The Agency http://iowapublicradio.org/post/inquiry-shows-cia-spied-senate-panel-was-investigating-agency <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=Inquiry+Shows+CIA+Spied+On+Senate+Panel+That+Was+Investigating+The+Agency&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDUyNTY4MDEyNDU5NTA0MzAxYzQ4NQ001)"/></div><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:03:00 +0000 David Welna 44600 at http://iowapublicradio.org Expedited Hearings For Migrant Children Raise Concerns http://iowapublicradio.org/post/expedited-hearings-migrant-children-raise-concerns <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=Expedited+Hearings+For+Migrant+Children+Raise+Concerns&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MjMxOTIyMDEzMTcxNjAzMzFmMjBhZQ001)"/></div><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 44603 at http://iowapublicradio.org Militants In Iraq Seek Control Of Precious Weapon: Dams, Waterways http://iowapublicradio.org/post/using-water-weapon-fight-control-iraq In the searing heat of northern Iraq, among its dry, scrubby landscape, there's a surreal sight: a wide, shimmering blue lake, held back by the concrete and steel of a dam. It's on the Tigris River, near the city of Mosul.<p>Brig. Gen. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 44602 at http://iowapublicradio.org Militants In Iraq Seek Control Of Precious Weapon: Dams, Waterways Tensions Stir At EPA Hearings On New Emission Rules http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tensions-stir-epa-hearings-new-emission-rules The coal industry made its presence known in Pittsburgh this week for public hearings on President Obama's controversial plan to address climate change. A key element is rules the Environmental Protection Agency <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/02/318266794/epa-lays-out-centerpiece-to-obamas-climate-change-policy">proposed in June</a>. They would cut greenhouse gas emissions — chiefly carbon dioxide — from existing power plants. The national goal is 30 percent by 2030, based on 2005 levels.<p>Coal has much to lose under the rules. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 44599 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tensions Stir At EPA Hearings On New Emission Rules Most Of California Reported To Be In 'Extreme Drought' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/most-california-reported-be-extreme-drought The latest <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?CA">Drought Monitor report</a> from U.S. agriculture and weather experts finds 58 percent of California in the worst of its four drought levels, in conditions normally seen only once every 50-100 years.<p>For our Newscast unit, Nathan Rott reports:<p><blockquote><p>"The U.S. Drought Monitor measures drought in five levels. The most benign is called Abnormally Dry. The worst is labeled Exceptional Drought. As of this week, roughly 58 percent of California is considered to be afflicted by that last category. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:07:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44596 at http://iowapublicradio.org Most Of California Reported To Be In 'Extreme Drought' As Ebola Surges, CDC Sends Aid And Warns Against Travel http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ebola-surges-cdc-sends-aid-and-warns-against-travel For the second time this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has raised the travel alert for three West African countries, as the death toll in the Ebola outbreak increased at an alarming rate.<p>"The bottom line is that the multiple outbreaks in West Africa are worsening right now," CDC Director <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/about/cdcdirector/">Dr. Tom Frieden</a> told NPR on Thursday. "This is the biggest, most complex and the most difficult outbreak of Ebola that we've had to deal with."<p>In only four days, the total number of cases has risen by 122, or about 10 percent. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Linda Poon 44593 at http://iowapublicradio.org As Ebola Surges, CDC Sends Aid And Warns Against Travel Three Years On, Utah's Immigrant Guest Worker Law Still Stalled http://iowapublicradio.org/post/three-years-utahs-immigrant-guest-worker-law-still-stalled At the Utah State Capitol, a mural of Brigham Young and the first Mormon pioneers brings some color to the building's spartan rotunda. Beneath it is a more modern sculpture — a woman walking forward with her son, who's holding a globe.<p>Underneath the statue are the words "Immigration and Settlement." The symbolism isn't lost on state House Speaker Becky Lockhart.<p>"Utah is a place that understands the value of immigration, the value of peoples coming to find a better life," she says, pointing up at the sculpture.<p>"We've always believed ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:03:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 44594 at http://iowapublicradio.org Three Years On, Utah's Immigrant Guest Worker Law Still Stalled Israel And Hamas Agree To 3-Day Cease-Fire, U.N. Says http://iowapublicradio.org/post/israel-and-hamas-agree-3-day-cease-fire-un-says A temporary peace will begin Friday morning in Gaza, as Israel and Hamas agree to an "unconditional humanitarian ceasefire," according to a statement by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary of State John Kerry.<p>The truce is set to begin at 8 a.m. local time Friday and last for 72 hours. U.N. Special Coordinator Robert Serry says he's been assured by officials from both Israel and Hamas that they will abide by the truce. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44591 at http://iowapublicradio.org Israel And Hamas Agree To 3-Day Cease-Fire, U.N. Says When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/when-china-spurns-gmo-corn-imports-american-farmers-lose-billions For a while there, China was the American farmer's best friend. The world's most populous nation had so many pigs and chickens to feed, it became one of the <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/amber-waves/2014-april/china-in-the-next-decade-rising-meat-demand-and-growing-imports-of-feed.aspx#.U9qutONdV8E">top importers</a> of U.S. corn and soybeans almost overnight.<p>China also developed a big appetite for another corn-derived animal feed called "dried distillers grains with solubles," or <a href="http://www.grains.org/buyingselling/ddgs">DDGS</a>, a byproduct of ethanol production. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 44592 at http://iowapublicradio.org When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions Making The Label Matter: A Record Company's Return From Obscurity http://iowapublicradio.org/post/making-label-matter-record-companys-return-obscurity Today, there's so much music being released that it can be hard to know what to check out, let alone buy. Mark Rye says that when he worked at a record label in the 1970s, the process was easier — in part because you could often guess what a record would sound like if you knew who released it.<p>"At that time, it was very much an identifier for the kind of music," he says. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Christopher Werth 44590 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sierra Leone Declares Quarantine, As Ebola Outbreak Worsens http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sierra-leone-declares-quarantine-ebola-outbreak-worsens <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=Sierra+Leone+Declares+Quarantine%2C+As+Ebola+Outbreak+Worsens&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>There's been a surge of new cases in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. More than 120 people have fallen ill in just three days. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 44589 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wisconsin's Collective Bargaining Limits Survive Legal Challenges http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wisconsins-collective-bargaining-limits-survive-legal-challenges Wisconsin's Supreme Court has upheld Governor Scott Walker's signature law restricting public employee union bargaining rights. The law has already been upheld twice in federal court, but, as Wisconsin Public Radio's Shawn Johnson reports, the new decision in state court effectively ends legal challenges to the law. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 Wisconsin Public Radio. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:30:00 +0000 editor 44588 at http://iowapublicradio.org The New Face of Hunger http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-face-hunger <p>The irony is poignant that hunger exists in a state with the nation's richest soil and the nation's number-one ranking in corn and soybean production.&nbsp;&nbsp; But despite the bounty around them, many Iowans experience what is now called "food insecurity."&nbsp;&nbsp; In simpler terms, they can't find the means to feed themselves or their family, despite many having full-time jobs.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:28:20 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 44577 at http://iowapublicradio.org The New Face of Hunger