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News Quiz: Test Your Knowledge On Meth Addiction In Iowa

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Although the number of methamphetamine labs found in the state of Iowa has decreased, a recent report shows usage rates and the potency of meth available in Iowa have increased. Find out how meth can effect Iowa children and communities with this news quiz. IowaWatch will host two forums on Nov. 19 and 20 in Des Moines and Iowa City to show the IowaWatch documentary "Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland" and host a panel of experts. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT METH ADDICTION IN IOWA:
Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland
By: Katie Kuntz
An IowaWatch documentary: "Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland" examines the impact methamphetamine has on Iowa children raised in a home with a parent addicted to the drug. 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

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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

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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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