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Elle King, Portugal. The Man to Headline 80/35 2019

Mark your calendars for July 12 and 13. 80/35 announced it's 2019 line-up today, and it boasts a wide variety of genres, including acts we've loved for years and some new ones we're excited about. New this year, the festival is adding a second stage inside the paid area.

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ACLU Challenges State Board Ruling That Keeps Police Shooting Records Confidential

The ACLU of Iowa announced Monday it is challenging an Iowa Public Information Board ruling that says body camera footage and other records from a police shooting can be kept confidential forever. The appeal was filed in Polk County District Court on behalf of Adam Klein, an attorney for the family of Autumn Steele. A Burlington police officer shot and killed Steele in 2015, and a battle over records from the case continued for four years. A federal judge unsealed body camera footage and...

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The women’s vote and the gender gap in voting have been the subject of intense analysis for decades.

In this River to River segment, host Ben Kieffer talks with Kelly Winfrey of Iowa State University about her new book, “Understanding How Women Vote: Gender Identity and Political Choices.”

With Jane Clayson

Postpartum depression can be life-threatening. We look at a new drug just approved by the FDA and other efforts to help new mothers in distress.


Want more from the show? You can get messages right from our hosts (and more opportunities to engage with the show) sent directly to your inbox with the On Point newsletter. Subscribe here.

Bump stocks — the gun add-ons that can dramatically increase their rate of fire — are now officially illegal in the U.S., after a Trump administration ban took effect Tuesday. Anyone selling or owning bump stocks could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000 for each violation.

Chief Justice John Roberts declined to hear an appeal from gun makers on the new ban Tuesday, allowing it to remain in place. A separate appeal that seeks a stay on enforcing the ban is before Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Updated at 3:20 p.m.

The first of more than 1,600 lawsuits pending against Purdue Pharma, the maker of the opioid OxyContin, has been settled.

The drugmaker has agreed to pay $270 million to fund addiction research and treatment in Oklahoma and pay legal fees.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed suit two years ago alleging Purdue helped ignite the opioid crisis with aggressive marketing of the blockbuster drug OxyContin and deceptive claims that downplayed the dangers of addiction.

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET

The House of Representatives failed to override President Trump's veto on a congressional resolution blocking his national emergency declaration. That executive proclamation paved the way for the administration to spend billions of dollars to construct a barrier along the Southwest border between the U.S. and Mexico after Congress refused to approve the full amount the White House demanded last year.

Updated at 1:40 p.m. ET

The assertion by Attorney General William Barr that special counsel Robert Mueller found the Trump campaign did not conspire with the Russian government in 2016 removes, for now, a major focus of Democrats' messaging.

But it has also given them an opening to turn to an issue they believe is more important to many voters anyway: health care.

Updated at 1:30 p.m. ET

In a significant shift, the Trump administration says the entirety of the Affordable Care Act should be struck down in the courts. Previously, the administration had pushed to remove the law's protections for people with pre-existing conditions but had not argued in court that the whole law should be struck down.

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56 Iowa counties have received a major emergency declaration due to significant flooding across the Midwest, with flood damage in the state estimated at $1.6 billion according to Governor Reynolds. How you can minimize the impact of flooding on your own home? 

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  • Bill McAnally, home improvement specialist

The smell of death hangs in the air – a mix of decomposing flesh and what I can only describe as the odor of pine-scented bleach.

Flies hover over sections of the long tall grass and clusters of fallen rock in Chimanimani, the town in the mountains of Zimbabwe's eastern border with Mozambique. Cyclone Idai made landfall here late on the night of March 14 into the 15th.

An unknown number of residents of the town still lie buried beneath those boulders and in nearby valleys, under rocks from the landslide triggered by the cyclone.

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Featured Release This Week From Better Oblivion Community Center + Tracks Top 30 Playlist

If you saw Conor Oberst joining Phoebe Bridgers on stage last July at 80/35, maybe you thought it would be cool if those two were in a band together. In that case, your wish has been granted in the form of Better Oblivion Community Center. It's an unwieldy band name to be sure, and serves as the title of their debut album as well. As a record, Better Oblivion Community Center loosely ties together ten songs having to do with a fictional dystopian wellness facility. Oberst and Bridgers kept...

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Under the Golden Dome: Work, Power and Health

There are around 650,000 people enrolled for Medicaid in Iowa. Around 170,000 are through the Iowa Health and Wellness plan. Under a bill in the Senate, 40 percent of those on the Iowa Health and Wellness plan will need have part time work or volunteer to say on the program. The work requirement has 11 exemptions. They include those who are pregnant, disabled, in rehab or enrolled in the Future Ready Iowa program. It’s estimated the implimenting the reporting requirement will cost $5 million...

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Iowa Arts Showcase

Through short interviews, your host, Jacqueline Halbloom highlights the efforts and activities of non-profit arts and culture organizations throughout Iowa.