Clay Masters en Iowa Opens The Doors To Medicaid Coverage, On 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 21:50:00 +0000 Clay Masters 56655 at Iowa Opens The Doors To Medicaid Coverage, On Its Own Terms A Unique Digital Music Service, For Locals Only 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 48056 at A Unique Digital Music Service, For Locals Only William Tyler Speaks 'Truth' Through His Guitar <p></p> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 06:03:00 +0000 Clay Masters 47694 at William Tyler Speaks 'Truth' Through His Guitar Iowa Rebrands Medicaid Coverage Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The Republican governor of Iowa is one of the longest serving in U.S. history. And with a election campaign coming up next year, he's suddenly taken a keen interest in making one controversial part of Obamacare work. That's the expansion of Medicaid, something some states are still deciding whether or not to do. Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters has more.<p>CLAY MASTERS, BYLINE: For months now, Iowa Republican Governor Terry Branstad has come out adamantly against accepting federal dollars to expand Medicaid. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:23:00 +0000 Clay Masters 43077 at 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 32903 at King, Vilsack Take House Battle To The Fairground 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 24478 at King, Vilsack Take House Battle To The Fairground 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 22456 at Democrat Bob Kerrey Faces Uphill Race In 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 16366 at Democrat Bob Kerrey Faces Uphill Race In Nebraska