Lauren Mills

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News Quiz: What Is An Opioid And What Makes It Dangerous?

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Opioid abuse, in the form of prescription painkillers and heroin, has contributed to a growing number of Iowa emergency room visits and overdose deaths in the past decade. Although some efforts are underway to counteract the trend, IowaWatch recently examined one life-saving measure — bills providing expanded access to an overdose reversal drug called naloxone — that have failed to pass through the Iowa Legislature. Continue Reading →

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ADM, Monsanto campaign dollars fuel congress, not presidents

Local Democrat party headquarters in Champaign on Friday, January 29, 2016.

Although agriculture is a $31 billion industry in Iowa, it’s a topic absent from this election season’s share of presidential stump speeches. That’s not all too surprising, though. Instead of getting involved in presidential elections, major agribusinesses have historically chosen to pump their money into congressional races. Continue Reading →

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IowaWatch Connection Podcast: Iowa Caucuses A Privilege, But Also Exhausting

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on stage with Tamara Scott, a Republican National Committeewoman for Iowa, during a town hall at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa on Dec. 11.

Several Iowa voters had varying views about life after Feb. 1 in Iowa in interviews conducted for an IowaWatch/College Media Voices of the Caucus project. Many said they will be glad when presidential candidates move on to New Hampshire Tuesday morning.
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IowaWatch Connection Podcast: Issues That Plagued Last Year’s Legislative Session Return In 2016

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The Iowa legislature is back in session. We'll talk with lawmakers from both parties, from around the state, about their priorities for this year's session, and hear from analysts about what they expect. Continue Reading →

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IowaWatch Connection Podcast: The Fight Against Opioid Addiction

Opioid abuse, in the form of prescription painkillers and heroin, has contributed to a growing number of Iowa emergency room visits and overdose deaths in the past decade. The emergency entrance of St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids is shown January 8.

Iowa is one of seven states that have not expanded access to a life-saving drug that can reverse overdoses of heroin and certain pain medications. Previous attempts failed in part due to concerns about consequences to law enforcement.
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