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More Wet Spring Days In Iowa Put Farmers Behind

Heavy rainstorms have drenched the state over the last few weeks, and it’s not looking like Iowans' luck will change any time soon. On this “news buzz” edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by Elwynn Taylor, professor emeritus of meteorology at Iowa State University for a look at the impact of several unusually wet weeks, particularly as farmers continue to work to get crops in and out of the ground. Also on the program: Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller responds to Gov....

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law Friday that extends a statewide sales tax for school infrastructure improvements.

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Heavy rainstorms have drenched the state over the last few weeks, and it’s not looking like Iowans' luck will change any time soon.

On this “news buzz” edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by Elwynn Taylor, professor emeritus of meteorology at Iowa State University for a look at the impact of several unusually wet weeks, particularly as farmers continue to work to get crops in and out of the ground.

Also on the program:

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Iris is an easy-to-grow perennial flowering plant that has more than 200 species of beautiful flowers that come in many shades. Iris takes its name from the Greek Goddess of the rainbow because of its wide range of colors.

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A Planned Parenthood lawyer argued before an Iowa judge Friday that a new law banning the organization from participating in two federally-funded sex education programs should be put on hold.

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The floodwaters have largely receded in Davenport, weeks after the Mississippi River crested at its highest level on record and flooded parts of downtown. The city is known for its progressive approach to flooding, giving the river more room to ebb and flow while other communities build walls. But the recent flooding is testing this philosophy of resilience.

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New York commuters have reason to cheer: the Subway Brake Bandit apparently has been apprehended, authorities announced on Friday.

Brooklyn resident Isaiah Thompson, 23, allegedly spent months furtively yanking emergency brakes on city subway trains at least 40 times, prompting as many as 700 trains, along with their riders, to be delayed.

The federal Food and Drug Administration has approved a gene therapy for a rare childhood disorder that is now the most expensive drug on the market. It costs $2.125 million per patient.

But for those patients lucky enough to get it, it appears it can save their lives with a one-time treatment.

Three-year-old Donovan Weisgarber is one of those patients. When he was born he seemed perfectly healthy. But within weeks, it became clear something was terribly wrong.

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A judge in Wisconsin has ruled that 21-year-old Jake Patterson will spend the rest of his life behind bars by sentencing him to two life terms in prison without the possibility of release for kidnapping a teenager and murdering her parents last year.

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“To Kill a Mockingbird” is now a Broadway smash. Tony-nominee Jeff Daniels is in the studio.

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Jeff Daniels, Emmy Award-winning actor known for his roles in “Dumb and Dumber,” “The Newsroom,” “Terms of Endearment” and more.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she prays for the nation amid impeachment cries. A sixth migrant child dies in U.S. custody. Tornadoes, floods slam the Plains and Midwest. Activists rally for abortion rights. The roundtable is here.

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Janet Hook, national political reporter for the Los Angeles Times. (@hookjan)

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Festival Season Starts This Weekend: Serious Music People Rejoice!

With great live music happening every weekend, it can be hard to plan your summers accordingly. Luckily, we're here to guide you through it.

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Tacocat Says This Mess Is A Place + Tracks Top 30 Playlist

Tacocat is a quartet that makes fun music. With a band name that's a palindrome, how could they not? But making danceable punky pop music does not preclude them from delivering thoughtful lyrics that comment on our culture and world.

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