Clay Masters http://news.iowapublicradio.org en Remembering Jason Molina, A Musician Who Refused To Look Back http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/remembering-jason-molina-musician-who-refused-look-back <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Musician Jason Molina influenced many of his peers and sold tens of thousands of records for a small independent label from Indiana. Molina died at age 39 a little more than a year ago from organ failure due to alcohol abuse. But now two new releases are paying tribute to the musician. Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters has more.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Clay Masters 39503 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Remembering Jason Molina, A Musician Who Refused To Look Back Bill on Greyhound Racing Being Drafted at Statehouse http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/bill-greyhound-racing-being-drafted-statehouse-0 <p>A bill is being drafted at the Iowa Statehouse to separate greyhound racing from the two casinos that no longer want to support it.&nbsp; Host Clay Masters spoke with Senator Jeff Danielson of Cedar Falls, who says the agreement provides both a "soft landing" and a "second chance" for the greyhound industry.&nbsp; That means breeders who want to quit breeding dogs for racing can receive a payout, and the Iowa Greyhound Association will get a chance to manage a track for themselves.&nbsp; Currently casino revenues in Dubuque and Council Bluffs have been supplementing the purses paid at the t Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:58:39 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Clay Masters 39469 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Bill on Greyhound Racing Being Drafted at Statehouse Lawmakers Hold Out Hope for Texting Bill and Gas Tax http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-hold-out-hope-texting-bill-and-gas-tax <p>The Chairs of the Iowa Senate and House Transportation Committees say they're still hopeful two key proposals can win approval in the final days of the legislative session.&nbsp; A bill approved by the Iowa Senate would've made texting while driving a primary offense.&nbsp; In other words, an officer could stop and ticket a driver for texting while driving, without the driver committing another moving violation.&nbsp; That bill failed to win approval before a funnel deadline in the House, but Senator Tod Bowman, a Maquoketa Democrat, says the bill will likely come up again in future session Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:21:38 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 39116 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Lawmakers Hold Out Hope for Texting Bill and Gas Tax The Week Ahead at the Statehouse http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/week-ahead-statehouse <p>Calls for further hearings regarding secret settlements, funding for Iowa's three Regent universities and an uncertain future for anti-bullying legislation.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Statehouse correspondent Joyce Russell speaks with </span>IPR’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Morning Edition Host Clay Masters.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:30:56 +0000 Clay Masters & Joyce Russell 39094 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org The Week Ahead at the Statehouse Medical Marijuana Bill Gains Momentum in Statehouse http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/medical-marijuana-bill-gains-momentum-statehouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A bill allowing Iowans to use medical marijuana in the form of cannabis oil is still alive at the statehouse. The Iowa Senate will move a medical marijuana bill before the end of the session. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:50:17 +0000 Clay Masters 38953 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Medical Marijuana Bill Gains Momentum in Statehouse Branstad on Settlements, Medical Marijuana http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/branstad-settlements-medical-marijuana <p>Despite predictions for a speedy session in which nothing of substance was accomplished, the 2014 legislative session has had plenty of controversy.&nbsp; <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/branstad-medical-cannabis-juvenile-home-and-secret-settlements">Governor Terry Branstad was a guest on IPR’s River to River on Monday.</a></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:35:04 +0000 Clay Masters 38774 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Branstad on Settlements, Medical Marijuana Iowa Children Stuck on Mental Health Waiting List http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-children-stuck-mental-health-waiting-list <p>Children with serious mental health issues are waiting as long as two years to receive services in their communities.&nbsp; Host Clay Masters talks with Tammy from Iowa City whose son has been diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome and Oppositional Defiance Disorder.&nbsp; She says services like respite care are essential for families exhausted from caring for a suicidal or angry child.&nbsp; But such services aren't covered by insurance.&nbsp; A children's mental health waiver is designed to cover the gap between what insurance covers and what services ar Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:53:20 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 38748 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Iowa Children Stuck on Mental Health Waiting List Branstad 'Working With Legislators' Towards Medical Marijuana Bill This Session http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/branstad-working-legislators-towards-medical-marijuana-bill-session <p>Governor Terry Branstad said Monday he would consider signing a bill with limited allowances for medical cannabis to be prescribed in Iowa. During an appearance on Iowa Public Radio’s River to River, Branstad said he did not want to create more problems or unintended consequences by signing marijuana legislation.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:35:10 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren, Clay Masters & Dean Borg 38736 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Branstad 'Working With Legislators' Towards Medical Marijuana Bill This Session Branstad on Medical Cannabis, Juvenile Home, and Secret Settlements http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/branstad-medical-cannabis-juvenile-home-and-secret-settlements <p>Iowa Governor Terry&nbsp;Branstad would support a bill with limited medical uses for cannabis if it looks similar to legislation passed in Utah. &nbsp;Host Clay Masters talks with Branstad&nbsp;about medical marijuana, the juvenile home, secret settlements, and more on this Legislative Day edition of River to River from the Law Library at the Iowa state capitol building.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:30:12 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 38737 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Branstad on Medical Cannabis, Juvenile Home, and Secret Settlements Debate over Confidential Settlements to State Workers Continues http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/debate-over-confidential-settlements-state-workers-continues <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:12:20 +0000 Clay Masters & Joyce Russell 38724 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Debate over Confidential Settlements to State Workers Continues After the Wedding: Five Years After Varnum http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/after-wedding-five-years-after-varnum <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>It’s been 5 years since the Iowa Supreme Court decision of Varnum versus Brien that paved the way for same sex marriage in the state and Iowa’s public opinion is changing.</p><p>In 1996, Rob Gilmer and his husband Rene Orduna opened the restaurant Dixie Quick's in Omaha. They were running out of space in their Nebraska restaurant and after the Iowa Supreme Court decision they decided to move the restaurant to Council Bluffs.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Clay Masters 38530 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org After the Wedding: Five Years After Varnum New Iowa GOP Chairman on Uniting Party http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/new-iowa-gop-chairman-uniting-party <p></p><p>The Iowa Republican party has a new chairman. Former chair A.J. Spiker announced his resignation last month, he left to join Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s political action committee. Over the weekend the Iowa GOP Board elected former state legislator and lobbyist for social conservative organization The Family&nbsp;Leader, Danny Carroll. He shares his thoughts on several issues with IPR's Clay Masters.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:35:57 +0000 Clay Masters 38494 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org New Iowa GOP Chairman on Uniting Party Shifting Views on Medical Cannabis in the Iowa Legislature http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/shifting-views-medical-cannabis-iowa-legislature <p>Views on medical marijuana appear to be shifting in the Iowa Senate and among the GOP.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em> - what this may mean for cannabis in Iowa moving forward.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:48:23 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 38376 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Shifting Views on Medical Cannabis in the Iowa Legislature Confidential Settlements Still Front and Center at Iowa Statehouse http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/confidential-settlements-still-front-and-center-iowa-statehouse <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The issue of the Branstad&nbsp;administration's confidential settlements with laid-off state workers still seems to be front and center at the capitol. As much as $400,000 &nbsp;was given out to fired workers. That doesn't show up on any budgets or balance sheets. The governor for his part has outlawed such settlements. IPR's Clay Masters checks in with Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell to discuss where things stand with the settlements and other issues up for discussion in the legislature this week.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:53:11 +0000 Clay Masters & Joyce Russell 38372 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Confidential Settlements Still Front and Center at Iowa Statehouse Sen. John Culver Reflects on Bipartisanship of Congress http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/sen-john-culver-reflects-bipartisanship-congress <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Democratic U.S. Senator John Culver served 16 years in Congress. He now lives in Washington D.C., but he’ll be back in Iowa later this week to visit the Culver Public Policy Center at Simpson College in&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Indianola</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:56:18 +0000 Clay Masters 38079 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Sen. John Culver Reflects on Bipartisanship of Congress Future Regulation of Drones in Iowa http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/future-regulation-drones-iowa <p>"Since the beginning of 2013, there has been a huge increase in the sale of really simple UAV systems," says Rory Paul, CEO of Volt Aerial Robotics, based in Chesterfield, Missouri.</p><p>With their ability to take high definition photo and video footage, UAVs (known as "unmanned aerial vehicles" or drones) bring up a number of security concerns, and they also have the potential to be put to good use. The Iowa legislature is currently considering ways to regulate these vehicles; so today on <em>River to River</em>, we analyze this legislation.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:36:10 +0000 Clay Masters & Emily Woodbury 38043 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Future Regulation of Drones in Iowa Iowa Statehouse Considers Legalizing Fireworks http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-statehouse-considers-legalizing-fireworks <p>On the Fourth of July, Iowans may hear fireworks going off in their neighborhoods, but it is still illegal to buy and light large aerial fireworks in the state.</p><p>This legislative session, lawmakers at the Iowa Statehouse are considering whether to lift the ban on the sale and use of fireworks. State Representative Matt Windschitl and Al Esch, of the Iowa Firefighters Association, sound off with their opinions on the matter, along with <em>River to River</em> listeners.</p><p>------</p><p><strong>Do you feel strongly about whether fireworks should be legal in Iowa?</strong></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:14:21 +0000 Clay Masters & Emily Woodbury 38035 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Iowa Statehouse Considers Legalizing Fireworks Anti-Bullying and Rural Broadband Bills on Rocky Ground http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/anti-bullying-and-rural-broadband-bills-rocky-ground <p></p><p>There are a number of signs that things are wrapping up much earlier this year at the Iowa statehouse. Republican and Democratic Leaders in the House and Senate say they are well ahead of schedule and there’s a few issues shaking out that will likely be fodder in 2014 campaigns.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:50:14 +0000 Clay Masters & Joyce Russell 38014 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Anti-Bullying and Rural Broadband Bills on Rocky Ground Investigating Iowa's Secret Settlements http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/investigating-iowas-secret-settlements <p></p><p>A recent investigative report by the Des Moines Register uncovered secret settlements made by the state to fired state workers. Those ex-staffers say they were let go because of their ties to Democrats.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:25:58 +0000 Clay Masters 37892 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Investigating Iowa's Secret Settlements Iowa House and Senate Consider Changes to HIV Law http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-house-and-senate-consider-changes-hiv-law <p>In the last decade, society's understanding of HIV transmission has increased and medical technology has advanced; but in the 1990s, HIV was still a scary concept, and an Iowa law reflects that fear.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:52:49 +0000 Clay Masters & Emily Woodbury 37700 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Iowa House and Senate Consider Changes to HIV Law Lawmakers Funnel More Bills Forward with Primary Election Looming http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-funnel-more-bills-forward-primary-election-looming <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Last week was another deadline at the Iowa statehouse for lawmakers to get more laws through committee so they can be debated on the floor.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:37:57 +0000 Clay Masters & Joyce Russell 37669 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Lawmakers Funnel More Bills Forward with Primary Election Looming Rural Iowa Cancer Care Challenges Highlighted in New Report http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/rural-iowa-cancer-care-challenges-highlighted-new-report <p>The Affordable Care Act or Obamacare is expected to provide millions more Americans with health insurance coverage. But a new report says the ACA alone may not solve disparities in <em>cancer care.</em> The University of Iowa partnered with the American Society of Clinical Oncology recently and released the <a href="http://www.asco.org/practice-research/cancer-care-america">State of Cancer Care in America: 2014.&nbsp;</a></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:49:26 +0000 Clay Masters 37438 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Rural Iowa Cancer Care Challenges Highlighted in New Report Bullying Bill Moving Forward, Funding and Cyber-bullying are Sticking Points http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/bullying-bill-moving-forward-funding-and-cyber-bullying-are-sticking-points <p>Republican Governor Terry Branstad identified legislation to combat bullying as one of his top priorities for this legislative session.&nbsp; However, a bill has stalled in the Iowa House, bogged down by 17 amendments.&nbsp; Concerns have arisen in the Republican-controlled chamber over whether schools should be responsible for bullying that occurs online or off school grounds.&nbsp; In his weekly news conference Monday, Governor Branstad said he plans to talk with Iowa House members about moving the legislation forward.&nbsp; In the meantime, a bill is advancing in the Democratically-contr Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:26:11 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 37343 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Bullying Bill Moving Forward, Funding and Cyber-bullying are Sticking Points Lawmakers talk Bullying, Budgets, Minimum Wage http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-talk-bullying-budgets-minimum-wage <p></p><p>Many were anticipating budget targets last week, Democrats who control the Senate and Republicans who control the House, have come to some kind of an agreement or a launching point. IPR's Clay Masters checks in with Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell to preview the week ahead at the capitol. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:27:35 +0000 Clay Masters & Joyce Russell 37312 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Lawmakers talk Bullying, Budgets, Minimum Wage Learning English in Iowa http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/learning-english-iowa <p>Iowa schools are becoming more diverse, and English Language Learning services are in greater need. &nbsp;Districts are trying to adapt, and the Iowa legislature has&nbsp;some ideas for addressing the issue. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:13:31 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 37018 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Learning English in Iowa Schools Adapt to Rapidly Diversifying State http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/schools-adapt-rapidly-diversifying-state <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At Meredith Middle School on Des Moines’ northwest side there are more than 30 ways students say hello. The number of languages can change week to week. This school year the Des Moines school district will&nbsp;receive&nbsp;more than 6 million dollars from federal and state funds for ELL services, and will also spend&nbsp;more than a million dollars of its own money.&nbsp;Next year the district plans to have more than 6,000 ELL students.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Clay Masters 36983 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Schools Adapt to Rapidly Diversifying State Iowa Lawmakers Expect Early Legislative Adjournment http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-lawmakers-expect-early-legislative-adjournment <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Iowa legislative calendar has the last day of the 2014 session falling late next month. Last week Senate Majority Leader Mike&nbsp;</span>Gronstal<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a Democrat from Council Bluffs, said Iowa Republicans and Democrats have gotten better working together.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:25:18 +0000 Clay Masters & Joyce Russell 36994 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Iowa Lawmakers Expect Early Legislative Adjournment Which Bills Survived Funnel Week? http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/which-bills-survived-funnel-week <p>Last week was "funnel week" at the statehouse.&nbsp; Now bills that couldn't make it through committee stand little chance of becoming law this session as lawmakers shift their focus to legislation that has more momentum to pass this year.&nbsp; However many of these issues might be revived in future legislative sessions.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:13:58 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 36713 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Which Bills Survived Funnel Week? Iowa Lawmakers Push Forward At Least 100 Bills http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-lawmakers-push-forward-least-100-bills <p></p><p>Last week was funnel week at the Iowa Capitol, a time when lawmakers need to get their priority bills out of committee and into either the Iowa House or Senate. IPR's Clay Masters checks in with Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell to talk about the week ahead in the legislature. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:41:32 +0000 Clay Masters & Joyce Russell 36698 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Iowa Lawmakers Push Forward At Least 100 Bills Compromise Sought on Juvenile Home http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/compromise-sought-juvenile-home <p>As the legal battle over whether Governor Terry Branstad had the authority to close the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo plays out in court, lawmakers are coming to agreement over what changes are needed to establish a place for the state's female juvenile delinquents.&nbsp; A bill in the Iowa Senate provides for a state run facility for girls, much like the one in Eldora that serves boys.&nbsp; But changes to state law are needed to ensure that girls will not again be held indefinitely in isolation cells, without access to education and services.&nbsp; Host Clay Masters talks with Jerry Foxhov Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:18:16 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 36413 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Compromise Sought on Juvenile Home