Hungry to make your summer plans and decide which summer concerts to prioritize? Us too. Good news for your Monday: the line up for 80/35 2019 is being announced Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m.

Check back here to find out who's headlining and playing the smaller stages this summer over the weekend of July 12 and 13 in Des Moines at Western Gateway Park. 

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Saturday that President Trump has approved a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for more than half of Iowa's counties affected by major flooding.

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The Des Moines Water Works plans to do more testing for toxic chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS, after high levels were detected at a nearby military base. Groundwater contamination at the Iowa Air National Guard base in Des Moines is nearly 200 times the federal government’s health advisory, according to a recently published military analysis obtained by Iowa Public Radio.

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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 in the first year and $12 million each subsequent year.

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Spring is officially here, but this winter’s bitter cold and heavy snow may have caused damage to trees and shrubs. Desperate for food, deer, rabbits, and voles may have eaten plants they usually leave alone.

In this "horticulture day" edition of Talk of Iowa, guest host Amy Mayer talks with horticulture experts about types of damage from animals, the impact of deep snow and ice on your garden and lawn, and what to monitor as spring unfolds.

Our founding fathers gathered in taverns to enjoy lively political conversation over a local brew, and so do we.

This episode of River to River, Pints & Politics” presented by The Gazette and Iowa Public Radio, was recorded live on Thursday, March 21 at Theatre Cedar Rapids.

The conversation was co-hosted by River to River host Ben Kieffer and Gazette investigative reporter Erin Jordan. The panel featured Gazette columnists Lynda Waddington and Adam Sullivan, along with Gazette political reporter James Lynch.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is asking President Donald Trump for $1.6 billion in federal assistance to help Iowa recover from catastrophic flooding.

Iowa City's Mission Creek festival is coming up next week. This is a unique and annual spring event curated by a team of organizers and hosted in part by the 106-year-old Englert Theatre. The festival spans 6 days, and full festival passes are $250. Mission Creek also offers single show tickets. If you're making plans to attend or are thinking about it, here's who we wouldn't want to miss.

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Iowa officials suspect chemical contamination at a military base in Sioux City could be reaching other wells in the area, including the private drinking wells of local residents. Recently published test results show a class of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, were detected at the base at levels 100 times federal guidelines.

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Extreme damage to Missouri River levees from flooding has officials in southwest Iowa concerned that they won’t be fixed in time for more possible flooding this spring. These levees that are built to prevent rivers from overflowing are in disrepair.

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A bill that creates the framework for a children’s mental health system in Iowa passed the Iowa House of Representatives Thursday.

It directs the state’s mental health regions, which administer the adult mental health system, to develop and provide services for children. Gov. Kim Reynolds proposed the bill after receiving recommendations from an advisory board.

Rep. Joel Fry, R-Osceola, said it seeks to provide equal access to services across the state.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a total of 43 countywide disaster proclamations in response to flooding that began on March 13. 

The impact has been widespread, but communities in southwestern Iowa continue to experience the heaviest impact, with many community members finding themselves displaced and assessing the damages of homes, properties, and businesses.

On this episode of River to River, we hear stories from three communities who continue to feel the effects of last week's flooding. 

This program features conversations with: 

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On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer and guest Todd Pettys of the University of Iowa College of Law explore some of the biggest recent cases discussed in the U.S. Supreme Court term, and look ahead to some of the most anticipated cases slated for argument. 

Cases discussed include:

  • Timbs v. Indiana
  • The American Legion v. American Humanist Association
  • Gamble v. United States
  • Department of Commerce v. New York


More flooding is forecast for Iowa and much of the U.S. as spring arrives.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its spring outlook, predicting the majority of the country is favored to experience above average precipitation this spring.

The Midwest has already experienced historic flooding this month, and NOAA predicts continued snow melt and additional rain will prolong and expand the flooding. Nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states are at an elevated risk for flooding through May.

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This conversation originally aired on July 13, 2017.

The Civil War is the deadliest war in American history, with hundreds of thousands of casualties suffered by both the Union and Confederate sides.

In Some of Our Yesterdays, a memoir posthumously unearthed by the family of Charles Seton Lindsay, the Civil War experience is vividly told by Lindsay, who fought for the Union as a teenager after enlisting against his family's wishes. He recalls the horrors of battle he witnessed in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Water levels along the Missouri River in southwest Iowa are dropping and floodwaters are receding a bit. Officials remain concerned about possible new flooding in the near future as snow continues to melt farther north.

Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection was organized by  the Richard H. Driehaus Museum  and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.
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Davenport’s Figge Art Museum recently opened a new exhibit: Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Museum.

The show is a “lavish overview of Tiffany’s mastery of color and form in a wide range of materials and decorative styles.”

The Figge’s exhibit showcases 62 exemplary works of Tiffany’s, including small blown glass vases to stained-glass windows and a “spectacular selection of lamps.” The works are drawn from the collection of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum in Chicago. The exhibit is on view now until May 19, 2019.

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Former Texas Congressman and latest 2020 presidential contender Beto O'Rourke spent his first days on the campaign trail driving himself in a rented minivan across 13 Iowa counties.

In this “politics day” edition of River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with political analysts, Rachel Caufield of Drake University and Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College, about O’Rourke’s appeal.

Iowa College Games Could Be Dropped From Sports Betting Bill

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It appears a bill that would legalize and tax sports betting in Iowa may ban bets on games involving college and university teams from Iowa. Rep. Vicki Lensing, D-Iowa City, said there were concerns some athletes might be pressured to miss a free throw or drop a pass in order to secure certain outcome.

“I’m not assuming that young athletes would be swayed, but we want to take away that temptation,” Lensing said.

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This interview originally aired on July 5, 2017.

Olympic gold medalist Dan Gable has been a household name in Iowa for decades. After bringing home three state wrestling championships in high school, he went on to the 1972 Munich Olympics, where he successfully wrestled without losing a single point. He famously coached the University of Iowa team to win 15 NCAA titles before retiring after the 1997 season. Since then he has continued to coach and has been actively working to keep Olympic and collegiate wrestling alive and thriving.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand D-NY is laying out aggressive stances on a slate of progressive issues as she introduces herself to Iowans on her first swing through the state after officially announcing her candidacy this past weekend. 

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Republicans in the Iowa Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would require some Medicaid recipients to report they are working or volunteering at least 20 hours a week in order to receive the government-funded health benefits.

Sen. Jason Schultz, R-Schleswig, said it will give people a “better chance at life.”

“If there’s nothing holding you back except your own decision not to move forward, we’re going to bump you forward,” Schultz said.

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As the country prepares to celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which set the stage for women gaining the right to vote, scholar Sally Roesch Wagner is marking the anniversary by editing  "The Women's Suffragette Movement." The anthology highlights the work of women who led the national campaign for voting rights.

Wagner joins River to River host Ben Kieffer to discuss the collection of writings and the importance of the suffrage movement today. 

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Love is on the air for Symphonies of Iowa and the wcfsymphony’s “Valentine Attraction” concert.

Passionate music of star-crossed lovers is the theme.

Joachim Raff’s Orchestral Prelude to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet opens the concert with a “meltingly beautiful central "love" section.” Sibelius’ nine movement incidental music to Maeterlinck's Pelleas et Mélisande is one of his most popular concert works.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday “catastrophic” floodwaters in southwest Iowa have devastated communities and farms in recent days, and there is more to come.

“It’s hard to really describe the devastation that we witnessed,” Reynolds said. “It looked like an ocean. I saw the top of grain bins, we saw buildings flooding…it’s just unbelievable. And that’s people’s lives.”

Grassley Says Army Corps Actions Made Flooding Worse

Mar 19, 2019
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The Midwest has seen record-setting floods this month, and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley said it may have been worsened by U.S. Army Corps of Engineering actions.

Grassley says the corps released too much water too early from the Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border. Additionally, the corps several years ago ordered the removal of reinforcements to a levee in Hamburg, Ia, that protected the town from flooding in 2011.

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Residents were welcomed back to the western Iowa city of Hornick Monday morning, even as the city works to repair its sewer system.

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Flooding across western Iowa has damaged levees and forced some communities to evacuate. The floodwaters have even put water treatment systems at risk.

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This program originally aired on August 15, 2017.

There's been some new and alarming research about the increasing number of suicides and cases of depression among teens. Are cell phones and social media contributing to the problem? During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Jean Twenge, who is author of the forthcoming book IGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood. 

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Tuesday is the last day for current and former residents of Muscatine to file a claim in a class action pollution case. Lawyers expect to receive approximately 3,000 requests from potential beneficiaries by the deadline.