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Abortion investigations would be prohibited under Des Moines proposal

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Des Moines police would not be able to investigate complaints about health care providers that facilitate access to abortion under a resolution shared with Axios that was drafted by city councilperson Josh Mandelbaum.

  • It would also direct city staffers to draft an ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing or employment against someone who has had an abortion or accesses reproductive health services similar to those that protect sexual orientation and gender identity.
Linh Ta
18 hours ago - Food and Drink

Panka Peruvian opening second Iowa location near Drake

Mural with sign of "Panka: coming soon" on it
The outside of Panka’s second location. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

Mariela Maya, the owner of Panka Peruvian Restaurant along Ingersoll Ave., is opening her second location this October, "Panka Rotisserie Chicken."

Driving the news: Rotisserie chicken is so big in Peru, the country's signature dish, "pollo a la brasa," even has its own holiday.

  • Maya wants to bring the juicy, crisp-skinned dish to Des Moines in a casual restaurant setting.
Jason Clayworth
19 hours ago - News

Comedians campaign for the "right to bare arms" at Des Moines meeting

A photo of comedians Chad Kroeger and JT Parr.
Comedians Chad Kroeger and JT Parr before the Des Moines City Council. Screenshot via the City of Des Moines

Comedians "Chad Kroeger" and JT Parr spoke before the Des Moines City Council Monday night for their right to "bare arms."

Catch up fast: The duo is from "SoCal."

  • Kroeger's real name is Tom Allen. His stage name is the same as the lead singer of Nickelback, a band that is often the subject of mockery, VICE Magazine reports.
Jason Clayworth
Aug 9, 2022 - News

Polk County makes monkeypox vaccine available to certain residents

Illustration of a small syringe casting a large shadow.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

A limited number of monkeypox vaccines are being made available this week to gay or bisexual men and transgender adults in Polk County. They are considered the highest risk for contracting the virus.

Why it matters: Vaccines have been in short supply and, until now, there was no public sign up option to get one.

Jason Clayworth
Aug 9, 2022 - News

Iowa makes roads out of soybeans and recycled asphalt

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Check out this soy-based road test site later this month at the Farm Progress Show in Boone. Photo courtesy of SoyLei Innovations

A soy-based asphalt technology discovered by accident last year at Iowa State University will be nationally available for commercial use next year.

Why it matters: It could save consumers and governments big money.

Linh Ta
Aug 8, 2022 - News

Struggles continue in Des Moines' redlined district

Des Moines redlining district
Des Moines' redlining map. Photo via Polk County Housing Trust Fund

Households in Des Moines' historic redlining district are some of the most likely to face insecurity and seek help from a food pantry, according to a new report by the Des Moines Area Religious Council.

Jason Clayworth
Aug 8, 2022 - News

Let your grass go brown as most of Iowa deals with a drought

A photo of the Polk County Courthouse
These grasses near Polk County's Courthouse are dry but they aren't dead. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Lawn watering is often unnecessary and maybe even harmful for the grass, according to turf specialists at Iowa State University.

State of play: Most of Iowa is in a drought and a lot of the state's turfs are designed to go dormant, Adam Thoms, an assistant professor in horticulture at ISU told the Des Moines Register last year.