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Database: Iowa Farm Fatalities

Farm deaths accounted for more than 30 percent of all occupational fatalities in Iowa between 2001 and 2011, an IowaWatch analysis of data from the Iowa Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program shows. Read more about farm fatalities and regulation in these reports:

Matter of Seconds: Farm Safety Regulation Hard to Come By In Iowa, by Sarah Hadley/IowaWatch
Matter of Seconds: OSHA Educates More Than It Enforces, by Robert Holly/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
Matter of Seconds: As Deaths Add Up, Farmers 'Walk the Grain' Unprotected, by Robert Holly/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

In analyzing the data, we focused on injuries that occurred while farmers, farm workers, farm family members and commercial grain bin workers were on-site. Fatalities that occurred during transportation were not included in the Farm-Related Fatalities category. The data includes farm-related fatality reports from 2001 through 2011 as well as charts illustrating trends in the data, such as the number of farm-related deaths as a percentage of the total occupational fatalities. Lauren Mills/IowaWatch

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Database: Iowa’s Opportunity Gap

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U.S. Census data show where black and Latino Iowans have fallen behind white Iowans when it comes to income, jobs, home ownership and high school and college degrees. IowaWatch obtained an analysis of 50 years of U.S. Census data from the Colorado-based public service journalism organization I-News, a member of the Investigative News Network to which IowaWatch belongs. Continue Reading →

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Databases: Drugs and Iowa Children — Updated

Click to watch a video by Katie Kuntz, an IowaWatch reporter, about mothers in Council Bluffs who abused methamphetamine.

Between 2003 and 2011, more than 11,150 children were found to have illicit drugs in their system, information from the Department of Human Services shows. An interactive IowaWatch map shows you how bad the problem is in your Iowa county. Continue Reading →

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Guns on Campus: A poll of University of Iowa Students

A survey by a University of Iowa journalism class found UI students generally feel safe on campus and support the current campus weapons ban. The survey also looked into how students felt about proposed federal bans on high-capacity ammunition clips and semi-automatic rifles. The poll was conducted by the Advanced Reporting and Writing: Polling Literacy and Public Affairs Journalism class taught by Stephen Berry, an associate professor of Journalism and Mass Communication and co-founder of IowaWatch.org. David W. Moore, former vice president of the Gallup Organization and a senior editor with the Gallup Poll for 13 years, assisted with the study. Read more about the findings in an article by IowaWatch's Robert Maharry. Continue Reading →

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