News Quiz: What Is An Opioid And What Makes It Dangerous?

Opioid abuse, in the form of prescription painkillers and heroin, has contributed to a growing number of Iowa emergency room visits and overdose deaths in the past decade. Although some efforts are underway to counteract the trend, IowaWatch recently examined one life-saving measure — bills providing expanded access to an overdose reversal drug called naloxone — that have failed to pass through the Iowa Legislature.

News Quiz: Test Your Knowledge Of Iowa Newspaper History

For as long as Iowa has existed newspapers have recorded the events and people shaping communities, informing current residents but also leaving a history for future generations. But you might not be aware of a few things found in the history of Iowa newspapers.

News Quiz: Why All The Fuss About The Iowa Caucuses?

Candidates spent this week trying to get in the last word before Iowans head to the caucuses on Monday — the first time voters get to weigh in on the nomination process. These three questions should help you understand Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses.

News Quiz: Long Tradition of Thanksgiving Football

Thanksgiving weekend football has become as much a part of the holiday festivities as the turkey. When the Hawkeyes go up against the University of Nebraska and the Cyclones face West Virginia on Thanksgiving weekend, they will participate in long-standing traditions. Just how long-standing? Find out in this IowaWatch news quiz.

News Quiz: Why Do Wind Turbines Pose Risk For Bats?

Although the fungal white-nose syndrome is a better-known killer, wind turbines are also a threat to bats. The recent designation of the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act triggered debates over how to best protect the bats. Test your knowledge on the impact of wind turbines on bats.

News Quiz: How is Iowa Lottery Money Spent?

The Iowa Lottery hit its 30th anniversary this year. During its three-decade existence gamblers have spent $6 billion on the lottery, with $1.3 billion going to the general fund that supports Iowa’s state government. How else has that $6 billion been spent? Take the news quiz and find out.

News Quiz: Marijuana in the 50 States

Twenty-three states, plus the District of Columbia, have loosened rules surrounding medical marijuana and four have legalized recreational use. With statehouses, including that in Iowa, facing debates over legalization, the legal situation surrounding marijuana use is constantly changing. Have you been able to keep up?