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Jason Clayworth
7 hours ago - News

At least 8 Iowans banned from traveling to Russia

Seven headshots. Top: Rich Eychaner, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Leon Spies. Bottom: Rep. Ashley Hinson, Rep. Cindy Axne, Sen. Joni Ernst, Rep. Randy Feenstra.
(Left to right) Top: Rich Eychaner; Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks; Leon Spies. Bottom: Rep. Ashley Hinson; Rep. Cindy Axne; Sen. Joni Ernst; Rep. Randy Feenstra. Not pictured: Retired Iowa judge Patrick Grady. Photos courtesy of Congress.gov, Iowa Legislative Services Agency, Rich Eychaner and Leon Spies

At least eight Iowans are among the nearly 1,000 Americans permanently banned from entering Russia, according to a list released Saturday by the country's Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Why it matters: The travel bans are largely symbolic, but they still highlight the downward spiral of Russia-U.S. relations following the Russian invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, Reuters reports.

Jason Clayworth
7 hours ago - News

Iowa's planned $125M water trail project could get a reboot

A photo of the Des Moines River.
The confluence of the Raccoon River and Des Moines rivers in December, 2020. Photo: Brian Powers and Kelsey Kremer/The Register via Imagn Content Services

Organizers of a $125 million Iowa water recreation trail project are seeking formal permission to downsize the scope of work required under a federal grant.

Why it matters: The Iowa Confluence Water Trails (ICON) proposal — one of the largest pending public projects in the area — will add amenities like boat launches and whitewater runs throughout central Iowa rivers or creeks.

Linh Ta
May 20, 2022 - News

It's No Mow May in Des Moines

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The sun is out, the birds are chirping and for some Des Moines families, the lawn mowers ain't singin'.

Driving the news: No Mow May is a viral movement that's encouraging homeowners to ditch the blades and let their lawns go wild for the month.

Jason Clayworth
May 20, 2022 - News

Des Moines mobile home park demolished after years of struggles

A photo of a mobile home.
This is one of the structures at Oak Hill Mobile Home Park that Des Moines City Council determined in 2015 was unfit for human habitation, ordering it to be demolished. Photo courtesy of the City of Des Moines

A mobile home park on Des Moines' south side is being demolished to make way for a new housing development, according to the Neighborhood Development Corporation (NDC).

Why it matters: Oak Hill Mobile Home Park, at 3140 Indianola Ave., underscores the complexity that persists with redevelopment, homeowners' rights and efforts to protect low-income families from unsafe conditions.

Jason Clayworth
May 20, 2022 - COVID

Nearly 3,000 of Iowa's COVID deaths were preventable, analysis finds

Data: Brown School of Public Health; Map: Thomas Oide/Axios

Vaccines could have prevented nearly 3,000 COVID-related deaths in Iowa between January 2021 and last month, according to a new analysis by Brown University's School of Public Health.

The big picture: The analysis suggests that roughly half of the more than 641,000 deaths nationwide since 2021 could have been prevented, Axios' Tina Reed reports.

Jason Clayworth
May 19, 2022 - News

Iowa Native American boarding schools part of "heartbreaking" report

A photo of a Native American boarding school in Iowa.
The Industrial School in Toledo was built "to educate students in the ways of the white," according to a historic account from the State Historical Society of Iowa. Photo courtesy of the State Historical Society of Iowa

A federal report released this month found Native American children were removed from homes, severely mistreated and, in some cases, died at more than 400 boarding schools across the U.S. between 1819 and 1969.

Meet Des Moines' Red Bull speed demons

A photo of a Red Bull Soapbox team.
The Cream Team: These are employees of the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department with a vehicle inspired by the Iowa State Fair Butter Cow and Anderson Erickson Dairy. Photos courtesy of Red Bull Soapbox Race

The Red Bull Soapbox Race this week published the list and concept drawings of the teams that will compete in the June 18 race at the Iowa Capitol.

Why it matters: Team Axios is in the lineup and we're sizing up our competition.

Jason Clayworth
May 19, 2022 - News

Des Moines outsources its mosquito control

A photo of a mosquito.
Photo: BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Des Moines' municipal mosquito control has been outsourced to a private company under a contract approved by the City Council last week.

Why it matters: Less itch.