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Tuesday's Axios Des Moines stories

What Des Moines religious leaders have to say about QAnon's influence

Poll: 5,625 U.S. adults. Margin of error for full survey: ±1.5%. Graphic: PRRI

A recent poll suggests QAnon's bogus conspiracy theories are taking root in churches across the U.S., and some religious officials in Des Moines say they've seen an uptick in the number of people who believe the wildly inaccurate claims.

Why it matters: The spread of false narratives around the government, media and other institutions cultivates distrust, particularly at a flashpoint in our country as we try to recover from the pandemic.

Des Moines to consider new river rentals program

Canoes like these would be available for rent at Captain Roy's later this month under a plan that goes before the DSM City Council Monday. Photo courtesy of Quarry Springs Outfitters

You might soon be able to rent stand-up paddle boards, canoes, kayaks and bicycles at Captain Roy's under a plan that goes before the City Council next week.

Why it matters: Recreation is a big piece of the planned $117 million Central Iowa Water Trails project that's been in the works for years, and the rental program could pave the way for more water activities.

Des Moines Public Schools' free summer meal program begins

Photo by Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Des Moines Public Schools' free summer meals program, Grab-n-Go Meals, starts Monday for anyone under age 18, regardless of family income levels.

Why it matters: Thousands of children in central Iowa rely on free school programs for most of their weekday meals.

  • Summer break can leave kids without a stable food source, which can stunt their development and have long-term effects on their health.
Linh Ta, author of Des Moines
Jun 7, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Iowa's unemployment experiment: Will cutting benefits bring people back to work?

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

All eyes will be on Iowa and other Republican-led states these next few months to see if an early exit from federal unemployment benefits truly nudges people back to work.

Why it matters: Gov. Kim Reynolds decided to curtail the weekly $300 supplemental aid starting Saturday — making Iowa one of the earliest states to try and see if it moves the needle in labor participation.

  • "This is going to be one of the largest experiments in the U.S. labor market that I've ever heard of," Peter Orazem, an economics professor at ISU., told Axios.