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Access To Adequate Health Care Difficult For African American, Latino Iowans

Isaiah Newsome of Des Moines on another visit in December 2014 to Blank Children's Hospital for treatment of sickle cell anemia. Newsome, who has had the disease since birth, usually has made two visits monthly to the hospital but awaits bone marrow transplant in early 2015.

Isaiah Newsome likes to play sports and hang out with friends, like any 17-year-old. But most of the time these activities are cut short as his body, stricken with sickle cell anemia since birth, fills with pain. Getting health care for the disease has not been easy. Continue Reading →

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Des Moines Effort To Stop Urban Violence Has Health Mission


Ako Abdul-Samad saw a disconnect in Des Moines’ low-income, northwest Des Moines urban area in the mid-1990s. Gang violence was costing lives – a young woman one year, Abdul-Samad’s son the next. So he started Creative Visions. Continue Reading →

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Video Report: Iowa’s Texting-While-Driving Ban Hard To Enforce


Iowa’s law banning texting while driving is hard to enforce because of how it is written. This video report explains that Iowa convicted an average of only 2.5 drivers per county for texting in 2013, even as the number of texting-related crashes has started to rise in Iowa. Continue Reading →

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IowaWatch Connection: Farm Safety

Farm field after harvest in November 2014, near North Liberty, Iowa.

Another record harvest is almost complete. Agriculture is Iowa's top business, but it's also the state's most deadly. "There's a cultures out there that persists, and the culture is 'we gotta work and get this job done.' And that often times takes precedence over doing it in a way that may be safe because you are working against time and weather," said Kelley Donham, former director of Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, or I-CASH. Existing regulations under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration don't cover smaller farms, allowing dangerous practices to continue. Continue Reading →

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Gun Rights Groups Take Concealed Carry Political Fights To College Campuses

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NEWS21 REPORT: Idaho became the seventh state to allow "campus carry" in a movement gaining traction across the country, despite the often strenuous opposition of other students, faculty and campus administrators. Political battles are being fought in other states, too. Continue Reading →

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Gun Rights Supporters Rely On Individual States To Overcome Federal Controls


NEWS21 REPORT: Across the country, a thriving dissatisfaction with the U.S. government is prompting a growing spate of bills in state legislatures aimed at defying federal control over firearms - more than 200 during the last decade, a News21 investigation found. Continue Reading →

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News21 Report: New Gun Control Groups Are Entering The Gun Debates


Twenty months after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, some would say little has changed when it comes to guns in America. Others would say everything has. A special News21 report explains. Continue Reading →

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Life With Alopecia Means Enduring Taunts, Fighting Stereotypes, Finding Support

University of Iowa student Taylor Goggin, 21, of Lake Zurich, Ill., applies makeup and prepares to don a wig in May 2014 in Iowa City. Goggin has alopecia, which causes hair loss.

Trevor Goggin recognized the boy as soon as he approached the neighborhood street hockey rink. He was the kid who had made his little sister, Taylor, run home from the school bus bawling a few days earlier. So Trevor was not surprised when he heard the boy’s taunt: “Hey, isn’t your sister the bald one who wears a wig?” Continue Reading →

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