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Linh Ta
9 hours ago - News

Meet Des Moines' newest (and cutest) mascot

Illustration of a raccoon wearing a RAYGUN shirt and holding a corndog.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios. Photo: Courtesy of RAYGUN.

A few weeks ago, we asked you what Des Moines' mascot should be and promised our favorite answer would be brought to life.

Driving the news: There were a lot of strong contenders.

Jason Clayworth
15 hours ago - News

Food Bank of Iowa dispute results in crisis for families in need

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Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

An ongoing contract dispute between the Food Bank of Iowa and 11 Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) food pantries is a crisis, West Des Moines City Councilman Doug Loots warned during a public meeting Monday night.

  • He called on the public and elected officials to demand a resolution.
Linh Ta
15 hours ago - News

Iowa's quality of life ranks 18th in the U.S.

Illustration of the Iowa State Capitol building with lines radiating from it.

Photo illustration: Allie Carl/Axios. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

One of the top-selling tourism points from people in Iowa is the state's low cost-of-living in comparison to the quality of life.

Yes, but: A new analysis from the Washington Post shows the living standards in our state may not be as high as we like to think compared to our neighboring states.

Linh Ta
15 hours ago - Food and Drink

New Ankeny shop selling bubble tea, cheesy Korean corn dogs

Naughtea storefront

The storefront of Naughtea (left) and a variety of Korean corndogs (right). Photos courtesy of Valerie

Naughtea, a new bubble tea and Korean corn dog shop in Ankeny, is holding its soft opening on Thursday.

How it started: When Valerie Tongol moved to Pella from Los Angeles in 2013, one of the things she missed the most was bubble tea.

Linh Ta
Dec 6, 2022 - News

ACLU of Iowa urges removal of officers from schools

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The ACLU of Iowa is pushing for districts to get rid of school resource officers, citing data that shows Black Iowa public school students are arrested at higher rates than their white peers.

  • The group released a "toolkit" recently to advise community members on how to change district policies.

Iowa treasurer: Disorganization sunk Democrats

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Michael Fitzgerald at the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Dinner in 2015. Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP

The Iowa Democratic Party didn't do enough to help statewide candidates in last month's elections, outgoing state Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald told Axios Monday.

Why it matters: Democrats last month lost all of Iowa's congressional seats and all but one statewide office — making it harder to argue that Iowa is a "purple state."

Linh Ta
Dec 5, 2022 - Politics

What losing the Democratic caucus means for Iowa

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Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Iowa's Democratic caucuses will no longer be first in the nation — a delayed announcement we all saw coming this year.

Why it matters: Being first gave our state outsized power in narrowing the party's contenders for president.

Jason Clayworth
Dec 5, 2022 - News

Iowa sheriff injured in bathroom fall gets $40k settlement

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Polk County Sheriff Kevin Schneider posted photos of himself and noted his leg injury on Facebook in November 2019. Screenshot via Kevin Schneider for Sheriff

Polk County Sheriff Kevin Schneider received a $40,000 workers' compensation settlement approved by supervisors last month.

  • He was permanently injured after he fell in a bathroom while on a business trip, according to documents obtained last week by Axios.