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The Exchange

Wednesdays at noon

The Exchange brings the news, culture, and art of Siouxland to the fore. Hosted by Mary Hartnett, it is an ongoing conversation about our home, made for our home. 

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.

The Exchange: Water

Mar 15, 2017

This week we will talk about all things water. Water quality, water management, and the apparently rising waters of the earth. First though, we talk with a man who is fighting an effort by the state legislature to do away with the Des Moines Water Works. Lawmakers have been debating a bill that would essentially dismantle the organization.  Bill Stowe is the CEO of the Des Moines Water Works.

Jessica Wheeler

It was a busy week at the state capitol in Des Moines. Four hearings were held on issues including minimum wage and worker’s compensation, as well as a voter ID bill and a plan to do away with a local water authority in Des Moines.  Hundreds of constituents showed up the hearings, mostly to voice their opposition.

House File 516 would require Iowa voters to present ID’s at the polls. It would also change some of the voter registration requirements.

Alex Waters

The state legislature has been in session seven weeks and a lot has happened.  Lawmakers passed the controversial Chapter 20 measure that largely ended collective bargaining for public employees in Iowa, changing the way their healthcare will be managed and might eventually affect their pension system.

The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees union is suing  the state in reaction to passage last week of House File 291.  The bill basically ended most collective bargaining for teachers and other public employees in Iowa.  Lawmakers debated the bill all through the night, with some emotional pleas from house and senate Democrats.

We talked with state rep.s Chris Hall and John Wills. 

Coming up on this edition of The Exchange . . .. legislation at the statehouse has been moving fast, cutting budgets, cutting ties and possibly dismantling state workers collective bargaining system.  House and Senate Democrats are raising concerns about the bill. We’ll also take a look at the opposition to Republican efforts to standardize the minimum wage statewide.  Opponents say that could hurt workers in counties where the wage has already been raised.

The executive order barring immigrants from seven countries has directly impacted people in our community.

The Exchange: 2.1.17

Feb 1, 2017

Impending budget cuts in the tri-state area threaten to deplete resources that our justice system is already short on. We talk with Iowa District Court Judge Duane Hoffmeyer and South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson about this crunch as well as about ways to improve our system of courts.

The Exchange

Jan 25, 2017

  This episode of "The Exchange" features a discussion on the issue of human trafficking in Iowa and Siouxland with Briar Cliff University Assistant Professor of Social Work Sister Shirley Fineran and Sioux City Police Department Detective Bruce Hokel.  Also, Mark Munger talks with the Sioux Center band, "The Ruralists" who will be performing at the Hardrock's Battle of the Bands on February 2nd.  

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