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Reynolds Will Not Appeal Court Ruling Striking Down Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Law

Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Monday she will not appeal a decision by a Polk County judge that struck down the fetal heartbeat abortion law and declared it unconstitutional. “This was an extremely difficult decision, however it is the right one for the pro-life movement and the state of Iowa,” said Reynolds, who signed the bill into law last May . It would have banned almost all abortions after a fetal heartbeat was detected, which could be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy,...

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The German-born designer helped define the looks of Chanel and Fendi behind the scenes, even as he cut a titanic figure center-stage in the fashion industry. Chanel confirmed Lagerfeld's death Tuesday.

Saxophonist and composer Greg Ward's latest album, Stomping Off From Greenwood, is a tribute to Chicago, the city where he came of age as a musician. It's also one of the year's first great jazz albums.

The first time I played Ward's new album, I was riveted by its sense of momentum and possibility, and the way its easy movement among styles made music feel like an open city.

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For many years, three buckets full of uranium sat in a museum building at Grand Canyon National Park. Tours often visited the museum collection building, with children on tours sitting next to the uranium-filled buckets for a half hour.

That's according to a report in the Arizona Republic, which was approached by the park's safety, health and wellness manager, Elston "Swede" Stephenson.

Reality television has been a major presence for more than 25 years. After the unprecedented success of MTV’s “The Real World,” this genre exploded.

During this Talk of Iowa interview, Charity Nebbe talks with Racquel Gates, who argues that reality TV is not simply “trashy,” but offers things like nuanced portrayals of women of color and progressive stances on queer identities.

Once a celebrated investigative reporter, the publisher of a small Alabama newspaper achieved notoriety this week by saying the Ku Klux Klan should "clean out D.C."

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Some cities and states have tried implementing universal pre-K. But the idea’s struggled to find a nationwide platform. Could that be changing?


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Courtesy of the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

It’s not every day that a premier symphony orchestra from China performs in Iowa.

On Friday, February 22, the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra will be performing in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. IPR will be broadcasting the concert live at 7 p.m.

Updated at 4:20 p.m. ET

The beleaguered USA Gymnastics has named a new president and CEO — its fourth in two years — as the sport's governing body battles criticism that it ignored and even enabled widespread sex abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar.

For years, Spain had avoided the rise of far-right populists, dodging a trend sweeping other parts of Europe.

But recently, that all changed.

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Featured Release This Week From Toro Y Moi + Tracks Top 30 Playlist

Chaz Bear (formerly Bundick) was born in Columbia, South Carolina. In the Bundick household, Chaz heard music from many different genres, and he was already playing and recording original compositions in his preteen years. He began forming bands in middle school. Chaz had already released over ten albums as Toro Y Moi on his own before signing with Carpark Records in 2009. His latest album for that label is Outer Peace , written and recorded in the Bay Area after Chaz's return from a one year...

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Under the Golden Dome: Legalize It?

Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, wants to expand marijuana access in Iowa. Bolkcom says marijuana should be regulated and taxed like alcohol. Other states have legalized marijuana use in some form but it is still illegal under federal law, and it is unlikely Iowa legislators will take action.
But legislators are considering bills that would legalize sports betting. In May 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that allows states to have this form of gambling. Eight states have...

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