Many Iowans may not know what is in their water because their wells’ water quality is unregulated. Moreover, many well owners IowaWatch spoke with during an investigation this past year in counties across southwest Iowa said they largely were unconcerned about their wells, even though tests revealed high levels of nitrates and bacteria in some of their wells.
Iowa’s organic farms, vineyards, apiaries and other non-conventional farms surrounded by row crops treated with pesticides are at risk of being hit with drifting spray that can leave their farms’ futures uncertain.
ByRobert Holly and Claire Everett/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
Ricardo Arismendez left his home in Temple, Texas, in the autumn of 2014 to work 12-hour days for $9.50 an hour at a corn processing facility in central Illinois. As part of the deal that included overtime pay, a job recruiter promised the then 21-year-old that the work in Farmer City would come with free temporary housing. See related: “Blighted Housing: A look inside eight migrant farmworker camps”
“I’m used to traveling a lot,” said Arismendez, who was starting his third season as a migrant agricultural worker. “I never settle in one spot, so for me it’s normal.”
But when Arismendez arrived at the housing, known as Nightingale Camp, he quickly learned the former hospital building in Rantoul had many problems — though it was inspected and licensed by the state of Illinois. The housing conditions were so poor, Arismendez said, that some workers refused to stay there, including one of the five friends he traveled with.
ByAnnie Brown/Center from Investigative Reporting |
Women are losing ground when it comes to coaching jobs at U.S. colleges and universities, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting shows in a new report. And the University of Iowa, Athletic Director Gary Barta and fired field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum are in the middle of the controversy. Read the report here.
ByHaley Henschel/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and Bridgit Bowden/Wisconsin Public Radio |
A controversial frac sand mining company that recently opened a site in Wisconsin is facing opposition to plans that would greatly expand its mine in Clayton County, Iowa. Pattison Sand Co. has requested re-zoning of 746 acres of land from agricultural to heavy industrial to expand its underground mine.
News reports have told how the number of Chinese students has skyrocketed in the University of Iowa and the students’ struggles to fit into American society are of concern to the university. However, few people realize that some students from Iowa go through similar difficulties when studying in China.
Johnson & Johnson has suffered a major courtroom defeat in the first in a wave of lawsuits claiming that talc products marketed by the company for feminine hygiene use caused ovarian cancer, this Fairwarning.org report says.