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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is being asked to explain her reasons for asking the head of the state department of human services to resign recently.  Reynolds refuses to discuss her reasons for asking former DHS Director Jerry Foxhoven to resign. 

Democratic Sen. Tony Bisignano pays a 2017 state law requires the state to explain the reason for demanding a state employee's resignation.  Foxhoven, who managed the state's largest agency that oversees the $5 billion Medicaid program, declined to comment.

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Democratic leaders in the Iowa Legislature called today for government oversight hearings on the reasons for the resignation of former Iowa DHS Director Jerry Foxhoven.   Gov. Kim Reynolds refuses to discuss her reasons for asking him to resign. Sen. Tony Bisignano said a 2017 state law requires the reason for demanding a state employee's resignation to be made public. Reynolds has declined to explain why Foxhoven was asked to resign last month. 

Foxhoven, who managed the state's largest agency that oversees the $5 billion Medicaid program, declined to comment.

Some Nebraska and Iowa businesses are still struggling to recover from flooding that damaged their properties or otherwise kept customers away from their doors.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency estimated that in Nebraska alone, more than 1,000 businesses were affected by March’s severe weather.

Flooding continued into May and June in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, especially along the Missouri River.

Mix Tape Dance Party Preview

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Tune in Wednesday at 9PM on HD1 & Saturday at 1PM on HD3

July 24th episode:

We may be in the dog days of summer but, this week,  Mix Tape Dance Party will be throwing the chilliest party of the season, We’ll getting dressed up in our finest party gear while dancing the night away. With a cool playlist that includes music from Sheila E., Dream State, Paolo Nutini  and the extraordinary Morgan James (covering Prince’s “Call My Name), can you blame us?   


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Antonio Saltini / History of Agricultural Sciences , Vol. II p. 673. The sun 24 hours Edagricole, Bologna 1987. ISBN: 8820624133

It’s gone now, but the recent Somalia exhibit at St. Paul's Minnesota History Center featured a Somali plow, a wooden contraption, the ox-drawn ancestor of, well, what we might see out here in Siouxland, some huge 21-bottom plow pulled along a Big Bud behemoth, 900 horsepower.

Imagine coming from a Somalian mud hut to the agri-world we live in. That massive tractor could open up more prairie in an hour than you could hope to see in a decade behind a sweaty team of oxen and that old wooden one-share doohickey.

Welcome to America.

Ten O'Clock Blues 7.20.19

Jul 21, 2019

Kenny Wayne Shepherd kindles our broadcast this time with the lead off from The Traveler, the band's latest album. Also we hear from the Taylor Scott Band, who will be performing the last Downtown Live event of the summer on Friday and a dynamic young piano player named Ben Levin favors us with a Big Bill Broonzy song.

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke today announced a new health care plan that would give relief to caregivers. He provided details of the plan today at AARP-Des Moines Register candidate forum at the Sioux City Convention Center. 

O’Rourke says his proposal would offer credit to caregivers who leave the labor force in order to care for a child or other family member. He says now, when you take time to care for a family member, you are effectively penalized by Social Security.

Four of the Democratic presidential candidates are appearing today at the Sioux City Convention Center, at one of a series of AARP Des Moines Register forums across the state.  Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, author Marianne Williamson and entrepreneur Andrew Yang are taking part today in today's forum. 

On The Exchange, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon, on July 20th, 1969.  We talk with Dr. Todd Young, Professor of Physics and Astronomy and the director of the Fred G. Dale Planetarium at Wayne State College about the importance of the moon landing, and why the space program is so important to our future. 

We talk with some older Siouxlanders who recall watching the moon landing live on television all those years ago.  

Food For Thought - Chef Brett McCarthy, Cheese Show

Jul 19, 2019

Everybody's been talking about the moon all week so we're focusing on the principal component of the moon....cheese. (It's made of green cheese, right?) Chef Brett McCarthy from the WITCC Culinary Department drops by to talk with guest host Steve Smith about cheddars, bries, stiltons it's so cheesy!