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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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Governor Says Medicaid Funding Decision For Abortions Would Be Tough, But He Could Make It

The fountain entrance to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics shown on July 10, 2014.

One decision that state law says Iowa's governor has to make has eluded Gov. Terry Branstad: whether or not to reimburse University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for Medicaid-funded abortions. It would be a tough decision, and he could make it, Branstad said in an IowaWatch interview, but he would not speculate on what he'd decide. Continue Reading →

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Panel: Fight Against Meth Abuse Is A Shared Effort

Fifty people attended a July 1 forum on fighting meth abuse, co-hosted by IowaWatch and the Council Bluffs Nonpareil.

Several organizations working together can fight the spread of methamphetamine use and create hope for those addicted to the drug, speakers said at a forum that IowaWatch helped co-host on July 1. Continue Reading →

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Iowa’s Texting-While-Driving Ban Not Reducing Crashes, Hard To Enforce


Iowa’s law banning texting while driving is failing to reduce road crashes, and officers seldom enforce it because of legal restrictions, an IowaWatch investigation shows. Crash history reports from the Iowa Department of Transportation show that since the Iowa Legislature enacted it in July 2011, the law has not decreased cell-phone related crashes. Continue Reading →

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