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Jason Clayworth
Jan 14, 2022 - News

Iowa puts recycled plastic roads to the test

A photo of Iowa roads.
Sections of Northeast 22nd Street in Des Moines are being used to test the NewRoad recycled plastic mixture in asphalt. This is after five years. Photo courtesy of New Village Initiative Advanced Materials Group

Iowa is testing a new recycled plastic mixture in asphalt in several spots across the metro in hopes of extending the life of roadways.

Why it matters: Inclement Iowa weather, like today's Saskatchewan screamer, can take a serious toll on our roads.

  • Taxpayers could save tens of millions of dollars in future annual road expenses if the experiments work.
Linh Ta
Jan 14, 2022 - Things to Do

What to watch for in Des Moines music in 2022

Multiple musical notes merging into one
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

2021 was a strange year for music in Des Moines and 2022 seems like it'll continue that way as Omicron shakes up venues and festivals.

  • Sam Summers, owner of Wooly's and First Fleet Concerts, shared with Axios what to expect from the local scene.
Linh Ta
Jan 14, 2022 - Things to Do

What to do in Des Moines this weekend, including MLK Day events

Illustration of neon signs with the days of the week. Lights go out one by one and "weekend" flashes.
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Don't let the winter slump take ahold of your weekend plans. Here's what's going on in the Des Moines metro.

Saturday

πŸ› Find your favorite thrifted sweater at the Vintage & Sustainable Market at Art Terrarium, starting at 10am.

Linh Ta
Jan 13, 2022 - Real Estate

New report shows renting beats buying in Des Moines

Data:Β ATTOM; Map: Jared Whalen/Axios

It's cheaper to rent a three-bedroom property in the majority of the Des Moines metro than it is to buy a median-priced home, according to a new report by real estate database company ATTOM.

Why it matters: While home prices in Des Moines are more stable than many parts of the U.S., the metro's median price is continuing to rise.

Jason Clayworth
Jan 13, 2022 - News

Des Moines' new animal shelter to cost $10 million

A drawing of a proposed Des Moines animal shelter.
Drawing courtesy of Hartman Trapp Architecture Studio via the city of Des Moines

Replacing Des Moines' animal shelter is expected to cost nearly $10 million, according to a new estimate shared by city engineer Steve Naber.

Why it matters: Projected costs have gone up about 80% since the plan was announced in 2019.

  • The City Council rejected a $5.8 million bid last year and delayed construction to create a better design, invest in energy-efficient materials and seek federal assistance, Mayor Frank Cownie said.
Jason Clayworth
Jan 13, 2022 - News

Iowa sets new record in organ donations

Data: Iowa Donor Network; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Iowa's organ donations and transplants hit record highs last year, according to the Iowa Donor Network.

Driving the news: Medical advancements are the biggest factor, Heather Butterfield, a network spokesperson, told Axios this week.

Polk County Supervisor Matt McCoy stripped of appointments

A photo of Polk County Supervisor Matt McCoy.
Matt McCoy, back in 2014. Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP

Polk County Supervisor Matt McCoy was removed from almost all county-appointed boards, committees and commissions through a resolution approved by the other four supervisors Tuesday.

  • His remaining role is the last alternate β€” behind the other supervisors β€” to the Mid-Iowa Association of Local Governments.

Why it matters: The Democrat and former state senator is running for re-election this year.

  • And without the appointments, McCoy will no longer have a say in certain county business.
Linh Ta
Jan 12, 2022 - Politics

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds wants tax cuts and teacher bonuses

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds delivers her Condition of the State address before a joint session of the Iowa Legislature, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa.
Gov. Kim Reynolds delivers her Condition of the State address before a joint session of the Iowa Legislature on Jan. 11, 2022. Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Gov. Kim Reynolds gave her fourth annual Condition of the State address Tuesday night, prioritizing tax cuts and worker shortages in her speech.

Some of her proposals:

  • Gradually set income tax to a flat 4% rate over the next four years, as well as eliminate retirement income tax.
  • Reduce state unemployment benefit eligibility from six to four months.