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More than 16 percent of Iowa’s children are obese, that’s the latest from a  new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

This is slightly above the national average of 15.3 percent.

Jamie Bussel is the senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She says the report recommends changes to federal nutrition programs like SNAP as well as changes at the local level.

Today, I’m recommending the sophomore work from critically acclaimed author Emma Hooper, called Our Homesick Songs. If Hooper’s name sounds just a little bit familiar to you, you might have heard about or read her heartfelt debut novel Etta and Otto and Russell and James. Like her debut novel, Emma Hooper has graced us readers once again with another beautifully moving story in Our Homesick Songs.

Hunters and Fishermen Could Pay More for a License

Mar 29, 2017

Hunters and fishermen would have to pay an additional $8.6 million dollars in licensing fees under a bill being considered in the Iowa Legislature.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.


House Bill 574 would raise the price of most hunting, fishing and trapping

 licenses to put more money toward conservation efforts. An annual fishing

 license and an annual hunting license increase from $17 to $25 for Iowa

 residents. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the bill is