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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 IowaHousingSearch.org.

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.

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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.

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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.

Cory Weaver

 

Globetrotting wasn’t the goal. Suzanne Hendrix-Case pursued a travel-intensive opera career to gain credibility as a vocal coach. She always wanted to teach.

By a fortuitous turn of events, that desire led the classically-trained singer to perform with the San Francisco Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Oper Frankfurt in Germany, one of the leading opera houses in Europe.

The Sanford Center: Building and Sustaining Community

Apr 12, 2017
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Tonight the Sanford Center will hold an event at the Orpheum Theatre featuring Mitch and Emily Martin, Play It Forward, Kevin Keane, and more. The Center itself has served the Siouxland Community since the 1930’s, beginning as a settlement house for African Americans migrating north. Over time, its role in the community has expanded: setting up affordable, educational daycare; going into schools to help students and diminish gang presence; feeding families. Much of this growth happened under the directorship of George Boykin.

Check It Out: Buddha in the Attic

Apr 11, 2017

Today, I’m recommending, the beautifully poetic and award-winning book, Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otuska.

It is the story of a generation of Japanese war brides who leave behind everything they’ve ever known in the hopes of finding a better life in America by marrying men who they’ve only seen in photos and heard from in a handful of letters, promising them good jobs, large houses, and plentiful bounty.

Heavyweight Preaching

Apr 10, 2017

  

I'm thinking you have to be of a certain age, a certain vintage, to use a word like ungodly with any seriousness. For added bluster, sure, as in, "It was ungodly cold last night, wasn't it?" That was it as an adjective, an add-on. "Who on earth made this ungodly mess?" You know.

But the word ungodly lost currency as a noun long ago, a usage that was once theological and judgmental. Fifty years ago, it didn't matter if you were Protestant or Catholic, you knew very well who the "ungodly" were: they were them and not us.

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