Iowa Senate Passes Sanctuary Bill

Apr 13, 2017

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The Iowa senate has passed a bill that would prohibit Iowa cities and counties from enacting "sanctuary" policies to provide safe havens for undocumented immigrants.

Most Democrats opposed the bill saying it would burden taxpayers and encourage racial profiling.  Local government would be barred from receiving state funds if they violate the law. Iowa law enforcement agencies would have to comply with federal immigration detainer requests. 

The bill’s floor manager, Republican Julian Garrett, of Indianola

Rent A Chick Program

Apr 12, 2017

As Easter approaches, a lot of parents are faced with children who want a baby chick.  But what to do when the chick becomes a full grown bird?  An Omaha farm has come up with a solution.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has details.

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Iowa Golden Dome Under Repair

Apr 12, 2017

A $10 million repair project has begun on the Iowa Capitol's golden dome.  Siouxland Public Media has more.

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Governor Branstad on New Gun Rights Measure

Apr 12, 2017

Republican Governor Terry Branstad says he believes the gun rights bill passed by the Iowa House and Senate is fair and balanced. It would allow children to use handguns under adult supervision, enhance stand your rules, allow Iowans to sue cities or counties that enact gun-free zones, legalize short-barreled rifles and shotguns and allow permit-holders to carry handguns in the Capitol.  Speaking at his weekly news conference in Des Moines yesterday. the governor didn’t go as far as saying he would sign the bill.



Affordable Housing in Iowa

Apr 12, 2017

April is affordable housing month. Iowa leaders are getting the word out about an online resource to help Iowans find housing. It’s at

Executive Director of the Iowa Finance Authority Dave Jamison featured the site yesterday at the governor’s weekly news conference.

The Jamison said the site aims to help all Iowans locate rental housing and help landlords find renters.



This month is the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War One.  At that time, the country was largely divided on whether to join the battle.  Russ Gifford is local historian known for his lively presentations at Western Iowa Tech Community College.  In an interview with Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett, Gifford talks about the status of the United States before and after the war, and how that conflict shaped the rest of the 20th Century.

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In: “you know, we were not . . .”

Out: “ . . . in American history.”

Iowa's Graduation Rate is Up, As Is Siouxland's

Apr 12, 2017

Iowa’s high school graduation rate has increased for the fifth year

in a row.  Sioux City schools’ graduation rates also improved. However, dropout rates were slightly higher across the state.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

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Nebraska Internet Sales Tax

Apr 12, 2017

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The Nebraska Legislature approved a measure yesterday that would require remote sellers or online retailers without a physical presence to collect and remit sales tax.  Retailers would have to comply if their gross revenue in Nebraska exceeds $100 thousand dollars.  Senator Rick Kowalski of Douglas County said people in Nebraska already owe this tax.



Coming up next on The Exchange, we take a look back at an historical event that still shapes our lives today.

We talk to a Morningside alumnus who took part in the civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery Alabama more than 50 years ago.

Also we catch up with some of news from the Iowa legislature.  That and more after this news.