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Iowa Campaigns Focus On Voters Over Pocketbooks

It's not about the money but rather how much support presidential candidates can muster when they visit Iowa during the caucus campaign season. This photo is from a Hillary Clinton campaign rally at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls on Sept. 14, 2015.

Donors big and small alike are pulling out their wallets in Iowa to support their candidates for the 2016 presidential election, but their contributions amount to little more than a drop in the bucket. There is, however, a currency in the heartland far more valuable than federally minted greenbacks that candidates are vying for. Continue Reading →

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Federal Restrictions Put Clamp On Medicinal Marijuana Research: News21 report

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Research on marijuana’s potential for medicinal use has been hampered for years by federal restrictions, even though nearly half of the states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana in some form. News21 report. Continue Reading →

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Response To Refugees In Iowa Has Changed In 40 Years

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Iowa was the first state to offer resettlement assistance to refugees in 1975 and continued to do so in 1979. But refugee assistance in Iowa, which is dealing with an influx of Burmese refugees, is not the same as it was 40 years ago. Continue Reading →

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Iowa Mental Health Care Review Pending, But No Criteria Yet


No set criteria exist yet to gauge whether or not a redesign of how Iowa delivers mental health treatment, which included the controversial closing of two mental health institutes June 30, will be as beneficial to Iowans as hoped, Gov. Terry Branstad said in an IowaWatch interview. Continue Reading →

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Wind Energy Industry Spun Into 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


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


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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