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News Quiz: The History of Flight in the Hawkeye State


On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright took to the air in the famous Kitty Hawk flight, the first successful flight in a man-powered airplane. Over the next decades, the adventure of conquering the air captivated the world, including many Iowans. Test your knowledge about the roots of aviation in Iowa. Continue Reading →

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News Quiz: Myths And Truths About The Iowa Caucuses


Yes, the presidential precinct caucuses will not be held until 2016 but candidates eyeing the White House are lining up in both the Republican and Democratic parties. That means they have been lining up already to visit Iowa, where the nation’s first precinct caucuses start the presidential nomination season. At times, it seems as though the caucuses have taken on mythical status. See if you know which is myth, and which is the truth. Continue Reading →

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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


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

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

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

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)

IowaWatch Executive Director-Editor Lyle Muller and Press-Citizen Community Content Editor Emily Nelson
Press Release

Des Moines Flyer

Iowa City Flyer Continue Reading →

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