A sign for van-accessible handicapped parking is shown outside a Cedar Rapids school on May 12, 2016. In an IowaWatch review of Iowa school districts' annual equity reviews, the category with the most ADA non-compliance citations was parking, including passenger loading zones. The reviews are conducted by the Iowa Department of Education in a handful of districts each year.

Most Iowa School Districts Don’t Comply With Americans With Disabilities Act

When Cael Rudkin was in first grade at West Marshall Elementary School he got stuck outside one day because none of the school’s doors had handicap accessible push buttons. Fact is, the majority of Iowa school districts reviewed by the Iowa Department of Education do not meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards, an IowaWatch investigation revealed.

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Bacon Remains Popular Despite Health Concerns

Despite links to health problems, including a World Health Organization report confirming that processed meats cause colorectal cancer, bacon has been popular enough in the last few years for pork industry workers to start referring to a “bacon tsunami.” The trend is good economic news for Iowa, the top pork-producing state in the US.

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Hidden Illnesses At Iowa Colleges: Your Portal to IowaWatch/Simpson College Journalism Project

Challenging for the students, but also to colleges and universities, hidden illnesses that students cope with with getting college degrees drastically impact how they deal with their studies, an IowaWatch/Simpson College journalism report in late spring revealed. These stories, by Simpson College students before they graduated in spring 2015 and took full-time work in journalism, explain the problem and possible solutions.