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Federal Wildlife Service Seeks Public Input on Habitat Plan

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking the public’s suggestions for writing an environmental impact statement for an eight-state Midwestern plan designed to help conserve the habitats of several species of animals, including three types of bats that are impacted by wind energy facilities. Continue Reading →

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Wind Energy Industry Spun Into In Bat Preservation Effort

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Iowa's wind industry must deal with unwanted bat deaths as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tries to stop the slaughter of one species – the northern long-eared bat. This, despite wind turbines not being the bats' main tormentor. Continue Reading →

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Inside The Reporter’s Notebook: Reporters Explain The Register’s Forfeiture Law Abuse Investigation

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In an IowaWatch interview, Des Moines Register reporter Jason Clayworth discusses the premise behind the newspaper's investigation into abuses of property forfeitures in Iowa. Part of a series of IowaWatch examinations of investigative reporting in Iowa. Continue Reading →

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Years Later, Little Change In Missing Student Policies

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In 2009, two Iowa college students went missing and the responses highlighted differences in the way universities handle missing persons cases and the challenges in dealing with adults who go missing. Polices haven’t changed much since then, officials said this week, although social media growth allows word to spread more quickly and updated requirements under the Clery Act lend more transparency to campus missing persons polices. Continue Reading →

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Agribusiness Companies Capitalize On Tax Breaks, Grants, Subsidies and Loans

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Each year, state agencies and the federal government together send tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to some of the largest corporations in America, several of which are major agribusinesses. The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting explains. Continue Reading →

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Video Interviews: Brain Drain In Iowa

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As part of the third annual IowaWatch college media project, 10 student journalists at seven Iowa campuses conducted interviews with graduating students to delve into the issue of brain drain in Iowa. The interviews reveal students' post-graduation plans and reasons for either leaving or staying in Iowa. Continue Reading →

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Newspapers Piling Up Since 2009 While State Historical Society Decides How To Preserve Them

Bundles of daily papers have overflowed onto the floor in the library of the State Historical Building in Des Moines on February 17, 2015. At last count, the State Historical Society of Iowa collected 299 weeklies and 35 daily papers. Following budget cuts in 2009, the historical society no longer has funds to microfilm the papers.

Bundled stacks of newspaper fill shelves and overflow onto the floor in the archives of the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines. How they will be archived is anybody's guess. And the piles grow. Continue Reading →

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