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Three Democratic Candidates Excluded From This Month's Debate Lineup

Some Democratic presidential candidates are knocking the party for excluding them from debates later this month . The events pose a prime opportunity for lesser-known contenders to build a national profile, standing on the same stage as candidates currently leading in the polls.

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Backtracks June 15

21 hours ago

Some vintage segments, some new segments. It's all about cars and the driving experience

VARIOUS ARTISTS-OPENING COLLAGE OF SONGS

THE BEATLES-DRIVE MY CAR

CHUCK BERRY-NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO

THE BEACH BOYS-LITTLE DEUCE COUPE

THE CONTOURS-PA, I NEED A CAR

THE DEL VIKINGS-FLAT TIRE

BOBBY FULLER FOUR-THE KING OF THE WHEELS

THE COLLINS KIDS-HOT ROD

BO DIDDLEY-ROAD RUNNER

JAN & ARNIE-GAS MONEY

JIM CARROLL-BIG GREEN CAR

THE DUALS-STICK SHIFT (EXCERPT)

SAMMY MASTERS-PINK CADILLAC

Former Iowa governor and current ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, gives testimony at the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines.
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Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad testified Friday that he did not discriminate against Christopher Godfrey when he asked him to resign as Iowa’s Workers’ Compensation Commissioner before his six-year term was up.

Godfrey is suing Branstad, claiming he was asked to leave the position in 2011 because he is gay and that, after he declined, Branstad retaliated by slashing his salary.

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Some Democratic presidential candidates are knocking the party for excluding them from debates later this month. The events pose a prime opportunity for lesser-known contenders to build a national profile, standing on the same stage as candidates currently leading in the polls.

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Rep. Lisa Heddens, D-Ames, is leaving the Iowa Legislature during her ninth term to serve on the Story County Board of Supervisors.

Heddens said she has been interested in the position for “quite some time,” and said several people encouraged her to apply for the supervisor vacancy.

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This year, the Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone is forecast to be near record size. 

In this edition of River to River, we look at the role of nutrient pollution along the Mississippi River in creating this large, low-oxygenated area. Host Ben Kieffer sits down with Katie Peikes, Iowa Public Radio’s western Iowa reporter, and Chris Jones, a research engineer at the University of Iowa’s IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering to discuss Iowa’s influence on the issue.

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Sotheby's has accepted a merger offer from entrepreneur Patrick Drahi, who will purchase the auction house for $3.7 billion. The deal puts Sotheby's, which was founded in 1744, on a path to becoming a private company again.

Two key Asian leaders — both of whom President Trump has been trying to negotiate deals with — will meet Thursday, when Chinese President Xi Jinping will travel to North Korea for the first time as president, Chinese and North Korean state media report.

The two-day visit was prompted by an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to China's Xinhua News Agency.

The meeting comes just days before Trump and Xi are supposed to meet at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has died, Egyptian state television reported Monday, after fainting in a Cairo court session.

The state broadcaster said that the deposed leader requested permission to speak in court, which the judge granted. He reportedly fainted and died during a break in the session.

Updated on Jun. 17 at 11:41 a.m.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) musicians, carrying signs reading "Fair Play for World Class Musicians," have begun picketing in front of their artistic home, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, as the orchestra's management has locked out its players.

Legislative districts in Virginia that the Supreme Court previously said were racially gerrymandered have to remain in their redrawn form, the court said Monday, giving Democrats in the state a victory.

The majority decision was written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who noted that because the entirety of state government wasn't suing to keep the fight going — the case was brought by the state's GOP-controlled House — then it is throwing the case out.

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Octopus College Hill Is Making A Record

As a Serious Music Person, you know that vinyl is a superior way to listen to music unless you’re tuned into Iowa Public Radio’s Studio One. Heady conversation about warmth of sound aside, if you are into collecting limited edition vinyl presses, Octopus College Hill is brewing up a plan that you should know about.

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Is This The End Of Foxygen? + Tracks Top 30 Playlist

Upon hearing the latest Foxygen record, "Seeing Other People," my first impression was that this was a full-length farewell from the duo. From the record's title on down to the often vitriolic lyrics of the songs, it seemed like maybe two guys who started their band in high school fourteen years ago had finally had enough.

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