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The top finishers at Quarter Horse races this weekend will have to give up a hair or two to show they were racing clean. The new protocol at Prairie Meadows in Altoona is an attempt to rid the industry of performance enhancing drugs.

Workers at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, take the first bets at the casino's new sportsbook.
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Iowa is officially open for business for sports betting. Several casinos across the state took their first wagers Thursday, making Iowa the 11th state in the U.S. to officially legalize gambling on sports.

The entrance to Lakeside Casino near Osceola, Iowa.
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Classic hits play over the speakers on the casino floor at Lakeside Casino near Osceola, in southern Iowa. Players sit at slot machines with names like Buffalo Grand, Lightning Link and Wild Cougar. The games erupt with lights and alarms.

Down an escalator and beyond the bar (and more slot machines) is the corner of the casino being renovated into a sportsbook, a betting parlor dedicated to wagering on sports.

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On this "news buzz" edition of River to River, Donnelle Eller of the Des Moines Register offers an update on the impact of the China trade war on agriculture and farmers, Peggy Huppert of NAMI Iowa speaks about the stigma surrounding mass shootings and mental illness and IPR's Western Iowa Reporter Katie Peikes speaks about JD Scholten's announcement to run for Iowa's 4th congressional district seat.

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The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission recently approved the final rules for betting on professional, college and fantasy sports contests.  On Aug. 15 at noon, legal sports wagering will be allowed in-person and through a moblie app.

Iowa Racing and Gaming commissioner Julie Andres moves to approve a casino's sports betting license at a meeting in West Des Moines.
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Iowa casinos are making preparations to take their first wagers on sporting events starting at noon on Aug. 15. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved the final rules for sports gambling at its meeting Tuesday. The commission also gave initial approval to 18 casinos that had applied for sports gambling licenses.

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The city of Toronto and the nation of Canada have reason for celebration with the Raptors winning their first NBA championship this year, and so does Iowa. Raptors head coach Nick Nurse is a Carroll native who worked his way to the top of the game, and now he has a ring to show for it.

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At the age of 50, Jeff Schmid wasn't looking for a breakthrough as a professional golfer, but he recently earned his way into two major PGA tournaments.

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Wright Thompson has profiled some of the greatest athletes of all time as a senior writer for  ESPN, studying what drives them, their complicated relationships, and the sacrifices made to achieve their dreams. On this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Thompson about his latest book, "The Cost of These Dreams: Sports Stories and other Serious Business" .

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Updated Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 10:50 a.m.

Iowans 21 and over could soon legally place bets on professional and college sports under a bill that lawmakers sent to the governor Monday evening.

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This conversation originally aired on June 28, 2017.

Author Terry McDermott grew up in Cascade, Iowa with a passion for baseball instilled by his father. Inspired by Seattle Mariners’ Felix Hernandez’s perfectly pitched game in 2012, McDermott wrote his latest book Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching and the Art of Deception. 

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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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Figure skating pair Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc turned heads with their gold medal-winning routine at the U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Detroit earlier this year, marking their formal comeback after a terrifying fall left Cain hospitalized with a concussion, and the team's skating future in jeopardy. 

On this Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Cain and LeDuc about their comback, goals, and passions.

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In May, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that allows states to legalize, tax and regulate sports betting. Until then, Nevada was the only state where fans could legally put bets on games and point spreads. Eight states have now legalized sports betting.

Several proposals that would legalize sports betting in Iowa are set to get a first hearing at the statehouse Wednesday, and lawmakers will hear from numerous competing interests.

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A baseball league for players with autism or other special needs is recruiting a team in Cedar Rapids. After organizing players across the country, the nationwide organization Alternative Baseball is establishing its first team in the state of Iowa.  

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The annual University of Okoboji Winter Games kicks off Thursday.

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High schoolers from across the state will compete in this weekend’s girls only wrestling state championship, which is being called the first of its kind. State athletic officials say the competition is a step towards ultimately getting the sport officially recognized.

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Last winter the AAU hosted a girls wrestling tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. It was the first ever hosted in Iowa. This year, the AAU is hosting another all girls tournament on February 24. The Iowa Coaches and Officials Association is also hosting a girls state tournament on Janury 19 in Waverly. 

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One of the great secrets of Iowa sports history is that the Hawkeye State had a professional basketball team at one time.  It didn't last long (just one season) and the new NBA had a hard time attracting fans, but Iowa fans were thrilled to have the Waterloo Hawks as part of the league.

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In many ways, our culture has become more accepting of members of the LGBTQ community, but some spaces and fields, including athletics, lag behind. Homophobia still exists in locker rooms, on playing fields, and in the stands.

The fear of homophobia and possible career-ending discrimination keeps many athletes in the closet. 

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A lawyer for at least one victim of an Iowa youth basketball coach who sexually exploited hundreds of players said Monday he wants a new class-action lawsuit to be a wake-up call for youth sports organizations.

The lawsuit alleges Barnstormers Basketball of Iowa and the overarching Amateur Athletic Union of the United States failed to protect young athletes. Former coach Greg Stephen recently pleaded guilty in federal court to sexually exploiting 400 boys over 12 years.

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Casey Gerald has written a memoir, "There Will Be No Miracles Here." (Riverhead Books)  Gerald was the final speaker in this year's Green Room series, a community-wide educational experiment at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City and a University of Iowa Honors Course taught by Dave Gould.

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Bowling is the fastet growing high school sport in Iowa, and it's also growing rapidly at the collegaite level. 

During this hour of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with Andy Diercks, head coach of the bowling team at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, and Charla Green, Iowa State’s USBC Bowling Association Manager, about the culture surrounding this sport, as well as the scholarship and social benefits for students.

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In Story County District Court today, District Judge Bethany Currie set a January 15th trial date for 22-year old Collin Richards.

Richards was living in a homeless camp in Ames on September 17th when he is alleged to have attacked 22 year old ISU student Celia Barquin Arozamena as she was playing a round of golf at Clearwater Links near the university campus.

The champion Big 12 golfer and engineering student from Spain was stabbed to death.  Her body was found in a pond nearby.

Red Earth Running Company

 

Red Earth Running Company is an athletic outfitter, local race sponsor, and Iowa-based company. But more than that, Red Earth Running Company may very well be the first business of its kind geared at supporting indigenous runners.

Dirk Whitebreast, a member of the Meskwaki Nation, created Red Earth Running Company after noticing a distinct lack of representation for indigenous identity in the national running community and in the outfitting and advertising materials that support the sport.

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A civil engineering student from Spain and Big 12 women’s golf champion could fill a room with her smile. That’s how one professor remembered Celia Barquín Arozamena at a vigil on the Iowa State University campus Wednesday.

“I think about how hard she worked in her classes,” said Jim Alleman, an ISU professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering. Even in his difficult classes that didn’t often generate happy expressions among students, Alleman said he would look out at their faces and see Barquín Arozamena smiling.  

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Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to kneel during the national anthem in protest of social inquality and police brutality. Because of this controversial move, he hasn't been signed by a team since he went out as a free agent last year, but he has maintained his spot in the political sports conversation, and continues to spark dialogue through a new Nike ad campaign. 

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There aren't as many high school football and volleyball players as there were ten years ago. 

That's according to Iowa High School Athletic Association Communications Director Chris Cuellar. He says the number of high school football players dropped from 22,000 to 16,000 during the 10 year period from 2007 to 2017. 

"According to our data which is 9th through 12th graders, boys participating in 11 player football has dropped 25% since 2007," he says. "Buoying it is slow growth in cross country and soccer." 

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Long-time Iowa City resident and retired teacher Mark D. Wilson never expected to write a book about his hero Nile Kinnick, but when someone mentioned to him that this year is the 100th anniversary of the renowned football player's birth, he felt he had to do it. The result is the newly published The Way of Nile C. Kinnick, Jr: Insights, Images, and Stories of Iowa's 1939 Heisman Trophy Winner

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A girls empowerment organization in Eastern Iowa is offering sports hijabs to help Muslim girls stay active. 

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