Clay Masters http://kcur.org en Iowa Opens The Doors To Medicaid Coverage, On Its Own Terms http://kcur.org/post/iowa-opens-doors-medicaid-coverage-its-own-terms At the Central Iowa Shelter and Services in Des Moines, Iowa, health insurance navigator Andrea Pearce stood in a crowded dining hall on a recent day, shouting instructions on how residents can sign up for Medicaid.<p>"If you do not have insurance and you want to enroll and you have an e-mail address where you know the password," she said, "come to the computer lab we will guide you through the application."<p>Jerry Gross enthusiastically darted to the front of the line. This tall 56-year-old carries just a duffle bag and his winter coat. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:21:00 +0000 Clay Masters 48906 at http://kcur.org Iowa Opens The Doors To Medicaid Coverage, On Its Own Terms Organic Food Producers Struggle To Find Grains http://kcur.org/post/organic-food-producers-struggle-find-grains <p>Organic food is a hot market in the U.S.—the Organic Trade Association says that sales over the past five years have grown 35 percent. But there’s a problem in the supply chain – not enough organic grain.</p><p>Many producers in the farm belt aren’t willing to take on organic production despite a hefty price premium. That has left organic food companies scrambling to find enough raw ingredients for the products that hit grocery store shelves. Just as corn and soybeans dominate conventional processed food and meat, these same grains are often key ingredients for organic foods.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:04:34 +0000 Clay Masters 47069 at http://kcur.org Organic Food Producers Struggle To Find Grains In Iowa, Government Asks Farmers To Control Runoff http://kcur.org/post/iowa-government-asks-farmers-control-runoff <p>This summer, officials in Iowa have been asking farmers to voluntarily reduce the amount of fertilizer they use. That’s because the fertilizer contains nitrates that are being washed into state waterways and creating environmental concerns locally and nationally. The runoff has been particularly bad this year, and the outcry over typical crop practices is growing.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:47:25 +0000 Clay Masters 43063 at http://kcur.org In Iowa, Government Asks Farmers To Control Runoff A Unique Digital Music Service, For Locals Only http://kcur.org/post/library-turns-local-scene Iowa City librarian Jason Paulios pulls out his smartphone, enters his library-card number and begins downloading an album by local metal band Blizzard at Sea.<p>"So it's extracting now," he says, eyes on the screen. "It's at about 90 percent."<p>The download takes about five minutes to complete. Paulios says it's a great way to check out local music: You could be waiting for a concert to start, download an album by the band you're about to see and then listen to it on the way home.<p>This is the Iowa City Library Local Music Project. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:11:00 +0000 Clay Masters 42406 at http://kcur.org A Unique Digital Music Service, For Locals Only William Tyler Speaks 'Truth' Through His Guitar http://kcur.org/post/william-tyler-speaks-truth-through-his-guitar <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v74m9xomCys</p> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 06:03:00 +0000 Clay Masters 42123 at http://kcur.org William Tyler Speaks 'Truth' Through His Guitar Mississippi River Level Disrupts Supply Chain http://kcur.org/post/mississippi-river-level-disrupts-supply-chain Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. Good morning.<p>The drought is hurting farming operations in much of the Midwest and Southwest, and its next possible victim: barge traffic on the Mississippi River. There were fears that shipping on this crucial cargo route could come to a halt as early as this week, when water levels reach historic lows. But the Army Corps of Engineers says the river will likely stay open for shipping at least until the end of the month. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 09:46:00 +0000 Clay Masters 30134 at http://kcur.org King, Vilsack Take House Battle To The Fairground http://kcur.org/post/king-vilsack-take-house-battle-iowa-state-fair One of the country's toughest congressional races is in Iowa between Republican Rep. Steve King and the state's former first lady, Christie Vilsack.<p>Iowa is losing a seat in the House after the election, due to redistricting. Now ultra-conservative King is facing a more moderate electorate as he runs in the newly redrawn 4<sup>th</sup> Congressional District against a political newcomer.<p>This week, King and Vilsack took their messages to the Iowa State Fair, a magnet for political candidates. Sat, 18 Aug 2012 10:31:00 +0000 Clay Masters 23053 at http://kcur.org King, Vilsack Take House Battle To The Fairground What If Congress Doesn't Pass A Farm Bill? http://kcur.org/post/what-if-congress-doesnt-pass-farm-bill <p>Roy Pralle is an 85-year-old retired farmer from Latimer, Iowa. He spends most afternoons playing cribbage with other retired farmers at Dudley's Corner, a diner attached to a gas station in north-central Iowa.</p><p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 20:03:22 +0000 Clay Masters 22876 at http://kcur.org What If Congress Doesn't Pass A Farm Bill? Drought Hits Farmers And Residential Landscapers http://kcur.org/post/drought-hits-farmers-and-residential-landscapers The drought is beginning to really sink its teeth into the Midwest. More than three-quarters of the nation's corn acres are in a drought zone. In Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, corn crops are burning up and its causing commodity prices to shoot up. Suburban residents are paying to water their lawns, but it isn't doing much good. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:01:00 +0000 Clay Masters 21281 at http://kcur.org Control Of Missouri River Divides Communities http://kcur.org/post/control-missouri-river-divides-communities <p>Along a vast stretch of the Missouri River, the floodwaters that ravished homes, businesses and farms last year are not a distant memory.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:26:03 +0000 Clay Masters 19942 at http://kcur.org Control Of Missouri River Divides Communities Democrat Bob Kerrey Faces Uphill Race In Nebraska http://kcur.org/post/democrat-bob-kerrey-faces-uphill-race-nebraska Former Nebraska Gov. and two-term Sen. Bob Kerrey, who faces long odds in reclaiming the seat left open by retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson, is in his home state trying to get his old job back.<p>After a full of morning of shaking hands, smiling and trying to win over voters, Kerrey settles on lunch at the Taqueria Tijuana in south Omaha.<p>After lunch, he takes off walking down 24th Street, telling his staffers to catch up with him. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 06:53:00 +0000 Clay Masters 16074 at http://kcur.org Democrat Bob Kerrey Faces Uphill Race In Nebraska Liberal Arts Degrees Grow Jobs At ConAgra http://kcur.org/post/liberal-arts-degrees-grow-jobs-conagra <p style="font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.1em; margin-left: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-auto; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">You might think employees in ConAgra&rsquo;s Information Technology department are a Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:06:06 +0000 Clay Masters 11002 at http://kcur.org Liberal Arts Degrees Grow Jobs At ConAgra School Lunch Changes Still In The Works http://kcur.org/post/school-lunch-changes-still-works <p style="font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; margin: 0px 0px 1.1em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia,'Times New Roman',serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">From <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/">Harvest Public Media</a>: With more families depending on the National School Lunch Program to feed their children, school districts are gearing up to implement new nutrition guideline Mon, 12 Dec 2011 21:13:07 +0000 Clay Masters 8850 at http://kcur.org School Lunch Changes Still In The Works