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All 902 plow trucks owned by the Iowa Department of Transportation now equipped with a new GPS system. It allows vehicles to gather all sorts of data, which the DOT will use for clearing Iowa’s roadways of snow and ice more efficiently. Craig Bargfrede heads DOT winter operations. This new system costs about $850,000, but Bargfrede says the upgrade will pay for itself in time and money savings. "We'll able to go back and do a review to see, 'OK, based on this is the treatment practice based...

NASAs Juno spacecraft passed within about 350 miles of Earths surface this week, before slingshotting off into space on a historic exploration of Jupiter. On this news buzz version of River to River, hear from a University of Iowa research engineer about Juno, and from the president of the University of Iowa Amateur Radio Club about why they waved to Juno electronically, as it whizzed by. That, and many other items in our news worth buzzing about.

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Host Ben Kieffer gets the latest on news from around Iowa. MidAmerican Energy gives an update on the power outage which left almost 40,000 Des Moines-area residents in the dark. IPR's Joyce Russell discusses changes to the problematic Toledo Juvenile Home. The DNR has a new report which looks at drought conditions in Iowa. Also, Dubuque native Brooks Wheelan joins the cast of "Saturday Night Live."

The Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation was in the hot seat at the statehouse. Critics turned out to rally against the DOT’s recent policy decision denying driver’s licenses for young undocumented immigrants in Iowa. That’s even though the Obama administration recently approved work permits for immigrants who were brought into the U.S. as children years ago.