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U.S. officials say child labor legislation doesn't comply with federal law

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

U.S. officials say Iowa’s child labor legislationdoes not comply with federal law. Robin Opsahl of Iowa Capital Dispatch discusses the controversy.

Also this week, the Biden administration announced nearly $11 billion in grants and loansto help rural energy and utility providers bring affordable clean energy to their communities. Executive vice president and general manager of the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives discusses this funding, as well as new carbon restrictions announced by the EPA.

IPR’s Zachery Oren Smith joins the program to discuss how the community of Mt. Pleasant is bracing for the loss of Iowa Wesleyan University.

Reporter Kavahn Mansouri discusses a Midwest Newsroom investigation into uncovered neglect, aggressive evictions and rising rents where a Midwest property owner moves in — mostly in non-white neighborhoods.

IPR’s Grant Gerlock discusses the new era in funding for private education in Iowa.

And Studio One’s Tony Dehner plays some new tunes to groove into the weekend.


  • Robin Opsahl  Iowa Capital Dispatch reporter covering the state legislature and politics
  • Chuck Soderberg, executive vice president and general manager of Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives
  • Zach Smith, IPR Eastern Iowa reporter
  • Kavahn Mansouri Investigative reporter with the Midwest Newsroom
  • Grant Gerlock, IPR reporter
  • Tony Dehner, Studio One Host
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio