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News Quiz: Long Tradition of Thanksgiving Football

University of Iowa Football Game, 1900. Frederick W. Kent Collection, University of Iowa Library and Archives.

Thanksgiving weekend football has become as much a part of the holiday festivities as the turkey. When the Hawkeyes go up against the University of Nebraska and the Cyclones face West Virginia this weekend, they will participate in long-standing traditions. Just how long-standing? Find out in this IowaWatch news quiz. Continue Reading →

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IowaWatch Connection: Breaking the Cycle of Meth Addiction in the Heartland

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The number of methamphetamine labs reported in Iowa has decreased, but increased meth use and the higher potency of the drug available to users means meth is still impacting Iowa communities and children. Kids raised in a home with a parent addicted to the drug face higher risks for neglect and a number of health issues. Continue Reading →

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Des Moines and Iowa City ‘Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland’ Forums

Listen to former IowaWatch reporter Katie Kuntz and IowaWatch executive director-editor Lyle Muller talk on Michael Libbie's Nov. 19 KRNT radio program about "Breaking the Cycle: Addiction in the Heartland" and IowaWatch in this podcast:

A recent report shows methamphetamine usage and the potency of the drug available have increased, as have the number of children found to have illegal drugs in their systems. Children of meth users are at greater risk of adopting the drug themselves, raising concerns about future generations

Two IowaWatch forums based on the documentary "Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland" will seek solutions to Iowa's cycle of meth abuse. The forums, which will be held in Des Moines and in Iowa City on Nov. 19 and 20, will begin with a screening of the documentary followed by a panel discussion and question-and-answer session with the audience. Des Moines
Wednesday, November 19
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Register Media and UnityPoint Health of Des Moines

Des Moines Register Community Room
Capital Square lower level
400 Locust Street, Des Moines

Panel:
Katie Kuntz, documentary producer
Glennis Guerrero, recovering meth addict and recovery activist
Mike Edens, Powell Chemical Dependency Center certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor
Scott Nicholson, Jasper County Assistant Attorney

Co-moderators:
IowaWatch Executive Director-Editor Lyle Muller and Des Moines Register Executive Editor Amalie Nash

Iowa City
Thursday, November 20
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sponsored by MECCA Services and The Press-Citizen

Iowa City Public Library
Meeting Room A
123 S. Linn Street, Iowa City

Panel:
Katie Kuntz, documentary producer
Glennis Guerrero, recovering meth addict and recovery activist
Jessica Peckover, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office jail alternatives coordinator
Fonda Frazier, clinical director at MECCA Services (replaces previously announced Wendy Danicourt, MECCA Services vice president of clinical operations)

Co-moderators:
IowaWatch Executive Director-Editor Lyle Muller and Press-Citizen Community Content Editor Emily Nelson
MORE INFORMATION:
Press Release

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News Quiz: Test Your Knowledge On Meth Addiction In Iowa

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Although the number of methamphetamine labs found in the state of Iowa has decreased, a recent report shows usage rates and the potency of meth available in Iowa have increased. Find out how meth can effect Iowa children and communities with this news quiz. IowaWatch will host two forums on Nov. 19 and 20 in Des Moines and Iowa City to show the IowaWatch documentary "Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland" and host a panel of experts. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT METH ADDICTION IN IOWA:
Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland
By: Katie Kuntz
An IowaWatch documentary: "Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland" examines the impact methamphetamine has on Iowa children raised in a home with a parent addicted to the drug. Continue Reading →

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IowaWatch Connection: Farm Safety

Farm field after harvest in November 2014, near North Liberty, Iowa.

Another record harvest is almost complete. Agriculture is Iowa's top business, but it's also the state's most deadly. "There's a cultures out there that persists, and the culture is 'we gotta work and get this job done.' And that often times takes precedence over doing it in a way that may be safe because you are working against time and weather," said Kelley Donham, former director of Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, or I-CASH. Existing regulations under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration don't cover smaller farms, allowing dangerous practices to continue. Continue Reading →

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