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15 biggest events in Des Moines this year

80/35 Music Festival. Photo: Alyssa Leicht

New year, new dates to lock into the calendar.

  • Here's what to look forward to in Des Moines in 2023:
Linh Ta
6 hours ago - News

Study finds medical marijuana leads to lower insurance premiums

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Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

States with medical marijuana programs have lower insurance premiums than those that don't, according to a new University of Iowa study examining insurance premiums.

What they did: Cameron Ellis, a professor at the University of Iowa's College of Business, examined vehicle crash data between 2014 and 2019 by ZIP code.

Jason Clayworth
Feb 6, 2023 - News

Scoop: Iowa forfeits millions in federal emergency housing funds

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Polk County is getting nearly $28 million more in federal pandemic emergency rent assistance forfeited by the state, federal documents show.

  • Another almost $17 million of Iowa's money was redistributed in late January to other states.
Jason Clayworth
Feb 3, 2023 - News

Des Moines rebrands Father Daughter Dance

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Des Moines' Father-Daughter Dance is being replaced. Photo: City of DSM video

Des Moines' annual Father Daughter Dance is being rebranded as the "Snow Ball Dance" — an event where parents of all genders and their kids are welcome.

Why it matters: It's an effort to eliminate gender-based exclusivity, parks and recreation department spokesperson Peter Zemansky tells Axios.

Linh Ta
Feb 3, 2023 - Business

New bill would legalize medical marijuana bud in Iowa


Drying marijuana plants at the Bud & Mary's production facility. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

A new bill in the Iowa Senate would legalize the sale of dried cannabis within the state's medical marijuana program.

Driving the news: Senate Study Bill 1113 allows dispensaries to sell marijuana buds — the actual dried plant — as long as it's consumed through a vape.

Linh Ta
Feb 3, 2023 - Food and Drink

Crème offers late-night cupcakes, cocktails and ramen

Cupcakes from Crème. Photo courtesy of Sammy Mila

The new owner of Crème is bringing late night desserts back to the Ingersoll bakery — but with her own little twist.

Driving the news: Sammy Mila launched "Midnight Munchies" at the beginning of the year.

Axios Des Moines readers: Hold the tips

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Gratuities have increased in recent years, partly because more credit card transactions are prompting them, Axios' Nathan Bomey reports.

  • Sometimes the ask even comes before the service.
Jason Clayworth
Feb 2, 2023 - News

Report: Violence interruptor programs are growing, results elusive

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Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Violence interruption programs have become more common in the last year thanks to hundreds of millions of dollars of federal pandemic funding, according to a report published this week by ProPublica and The New Yorker.