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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa hospital patients get by with a little help from 'Furry Friends'

It’s 9 a.m. on a cold winter morning at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) main building. A patient named Darrell is sitting in a chair getting medicine that doesn’t require a co-pay. A rather large Labradoodle named Yuki is on his lap, slathering his face in doggie kisses.

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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa organization builds bridges to better futures

In the United States, we take our transportation infrastructure for granted. It’s not necessarily a big deal for us to travel, say, a hundred miles from where we live, no matter where that might be. But in many parts of the world, a trip of just a few miles is fraught with hazards, as roads and bridges are either in poor condition or non-existent.

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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa stirs artistic and cultural melting pot

The University of Iowa’s acclaimed Writers’ Workshop is associated with some of the biggest names in modern literature. Philip Roth, John Cheever and Robert Penn Warren served as faculty members here. And Pulitzer Prize winner and legendary African-American author James Alan McPherson, who’s been part of the faculty for decades, is practically an Iowa City institution in his own right.

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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa's I-Corps program to equip enterprising researchers with business savvy

A new program at the University of Iowa has put out a statewide call for thinkers, creatives, inventors and entrepreneurs who want to see their fields of dreams become realities. And backed by a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the school appears poised to unveil a fresh crop of innovative technologies for the consumer marketplace.

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