County News and Expanding the Franchise

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 10/14/2020
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Today's show started with Leanne Harter, Story County Outreach Coordinator, reporting on the status of county offices opening, FEMA assistance from the derecheo, and the burning effect.  Then the focus shifted to voting with excerpts from the Ames League of Women Voters forum/presentation by ISU history professor Brian Behnken entitled "Disenfranchisement, Voting Rights, and the Suffrage." Veronica Lorsen Fowler, communications director for the ACLU of Iowa, spoke to us about  that organization's efforts to restore voting rights to those convicted of felonies. We discussed why Executive Order 7, recently signed by Governor Reynolds is only a temporary and partial solution. 

Story County Board of Supervisors Candidate Steve O'Rourke, FEMA Disaster Assistance, Indian Summer

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 10/12/2020
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Denis Hart gives a summary of News around the state of Iowa from the past week.

Steve O'Rourke, Republican candidate for Story County Board of Supervisors, speaks about his vision for leadership in Story County, including his plan for incentives for homeowners to repurpose vacant houses in Ames. 

Pat Schlarbaum offers a description of Indian Summer. 

Holly Stephens,  FEMA spokeswoman, provides information about how to register with FEMA, and other relevant information for Story and neighboring counties.

Registration for Individual Assistance has been extended to Nov 2. For information or to register go here or call 800-621-3362. Primary applicants are people who have damage to their homes (not garages or other buildings on property) that is not covered by their insurance. 

Anna Banana provides Heart to Heart messages of love and inspiration. 

Unity Theme, Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 10/09/2020
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Today's Local Talk included a unity theme from Community Leader Mario Cothen. Susan Gwiasda Public Relations Officer with Merry Rankin, and Kayley Barrios Lain discussed the Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Climate Vulnerability Assessment, and Renewable Energy Potentials Study.  Anna Bananna Magnusson rounded out the program with another heartfelt installment of KHOI Heart to Heart messages. 

Central Iowa Action: Rotary International, Justice Summit, Job Training

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 10/07/2020
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Glen Rippke from the Ames Rotary Club started our program today by telling us about two programs the local Rotary Action Group for Community DevelopmentBoth are in collaboration with Rotary clubs in Tanzania.  One is bringing water to villages, and the current one is for milk production.  Then Betty Andrews, chair of the Iowa Nebraska NAACP, told us about the Iowa Justice Summita virtual conference on October 29, in response to the fact that Iowa is #3 (down from #1) in the proportion of African-Americans in the criminal justice system.  Our final guests were Brenda Dryer of the Ames Chamber of Commerce and Jean Cresse of United Way announcing a new program partnering with DMAAC (Des Moines Area Community College) for retraining people who have lost jobs during COVID19. 

Lisa Heddens, Candidate for Story County Supervisors, Mason Zastrow on ISU and Community Spread

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 10/5/2020
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Dennis Hart gives a roundup of Iowa news from last week.

An interview with Lisa Heddens (Democrat), candidate for Story County Board of Supervisors.

Mason Zastrow, a junior at Iowa State university, gained local and national attention to the problem of  community spread in Story County when he wrote an open letter in August to the administration of Iowa State University. He was calling for the closing of in-person classes and for ISU to share testing resources to the residents of Ames. Zastrow, who is an off-campus senator in the ISU student government, introduced a bill addressing ISU safety and community responsibility. He was quarantined in September due to student infection in his own household and believes he himself was infected, although he tested negative. Zastrow describes his concerns about false-negative testing and describes the pivotal issues discussed through which the a bill was passed by the student government with recommendations for ISU to address community spread. 

Frances Bartlett Kinne, Macbeth

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 09/30/2020
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Kolleen Taylor, Library Director of the Bertha Bartlett Public Library; Kate Feil, director of the Story City Historical Society; and Mike Jensen, mayor of Story City gathered to honor one of the most beloved and best traveled natives of Story City.  Anna "Banana" Magnuson stopped by to publicize the KHOI Auction House and Christopher Levi, director of the Boone Community Theatre production of Macbeth, adapted by Drew Zahn. 


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