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Linh Ta
2 hours ago - News

Roe v. Wade overturned: Iowa Republicans' new power to restrict abortions

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade could have a dramatic impact on abortion access in Iowa as Gov. Kim Reynolds and Republican lawmakers now have untethered freedom to pass restrictions in the state.

Linh Ta
2 hours ago - Food and Drink

A Korean BBQ restaurant is finally coming to Des Moines

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A patron cuts portions of galbi beef into smaller pieces. Photo by Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images.

It's finally happening — Des Moines is getting its own Korean BBQ restaurant.

Driving the news: DZÔ Korean BBQ is opening in August at 2611 Ingersoll Ave. in the same building as Sakari and the Yacht Club.

Linh Ta
11 hours ago - News

How Valley Junction is getting cool

Valley Junction

When you walk through Valley Junction's commercial district, you'll find a cat cafe on one side, a hipster record store on another and a pop culture-themed sausage shop.

  • Valley Junction, the oldest and original area of West Des Moines has always retained its own independent, eclectic vibe. But these days, it's less antique-shop and more young vibes.
Linh Ta
Jun 23, 2022 - Politics

Iowa Democrats fight for the state's caucus status in D.C.

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Iowa Democrats are making their pitch to the Democratic National Committee today on why the state's caucuses should remain first in the nation for the party's presidential nominee process.

Jason Clayworth
Jun 23, 2022 - News

A Facebook spoof takes on Des Moines

A spoof of the city of Des Moines' Facebook page.
Screenshot of a since-deleted satirical Facebook account that spoofed the city of Des Moines' page

A satire of the city of Des Moines' Facebook page that launched this month has been removed.

  • It had nearly 18,000 followers, slightly more than the real deal, as of late last week.
Linh Ta
Jun 22, 2022 - Politics

Iowa Supreme Court abortion ruling leads to confusion on waiting period

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Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Abortion advocates and state officials are at odds regarding the implementation of a 24-hour waiting period for abortions following an Iowa Supreme Court ruling on Friday.

  • The court ruled that abortion rights are not protected by the state constitution, but didn't specifically address the waiting period requirement that was a part of the appeal they were hearing.
Jason Clayworth
Jun 22, 2022 - News

A broken system is costing Des Moines $20k per day in gas revenue

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The Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority is again burning off — instead of collecting and selling — excess gas generated from water treatment following a recent mechanical malfunction. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

A biogas processing system that captures methane from the Des Moines metro's wastewater is broken.

Why it matters: It’s costing as much as $20,000 a day in lost revenue, not to mention the loss in environmental benefits.

Linh Ta
Jun 21, 2022 - News

Des Moines food bank sees spike in demand after SNAP benefits reduced

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) is seeing a spike in demand at its food pantries and there are no signs it will stop anytime soon, its CEO Matt Unger told Axios.

State of play: Reduced benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also referred to as food stamps, coupled with inflated fuel and grocery costs are resulting in droves of people seeking help from local food banks, Unger said.