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Jason Clayworth
12 hours ago - News

Axios’ Jason Clayworth is the first guy in the Iowa State Fair’s husband calling contest

A photo of Jason Clayworth
Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

I won sixth place at the Iowa State Fair’s husband calling contest on Friday.

  • There were about a dozen entries.

Iowa State Fair new food reviews 2022: What you need to know

A photo of a deep fried queso burger.
It’s OK to skip this new fair food. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Welcome to our special series this week, where we give you our honest fair food thoughts and let you know if it's "fair" for your money.

First up: The deep fried queso burger (pictured above) has beef chips mixed into what appears to be Cheese Whiz that is batter-dipped and fried.

Jason Clayworth
19 hours ago - News

Disappointment with Polk County monkeypox vaccine distribution prompts response

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

People ineligible for monkeypox vaccinations have increasingly expressed concern in recent weeks that they are being discriminated against, Polk County Department of Health spokesperson Nola Aigner Davis told Axios Thursday.

Why it matters: The county's distribution plan is part of a public health strategy to use the limited supply of vaccines to target those who are most vulnerable to get it first and stop the disease.

Marcia Miller: Des Moines' blue-ribbon neighbor

A photo of pies.
A few of Marcia Miller’s winning entries from this year. Photo courtesy of Miller

My neighbor Marcia Miller is one of the state fair's annual culinary champs.

  • She's been entering the competitions since 2000 and has, for years, labeled and given me samples after they've been judged.
Linh Ta
Aug 18, 2022 - News

Iowa expected to suffer heat as high as 125°F by 2053

Note: Shaded counties are those that will, on average, have 0.5 days or more at or above a 125F° heat index in 2053; Data: First Street Foundation; Map: Axios Visuals

A new study reveals the emergence of an "extreme heat belt" from Texas to Iowa, with days that feel like 125°F at least once a year by 2053, writes Axios' Andrew Freedman.

Why it matters: Most of Iowa falls under this belt, which could result in increased hardships, such as higher energy consumption and more health risks like heat stroke.

Linh Ta
Aug 18, 2022 - Politics

Political pulse: Axne and Nunn on Inflation Reduction Act

Axne and Nunn
U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne-D and Iowa Sen. Zach Nunn-R.

Welcome to our new political pulse column, where we take a look at timely issues leading up to November's Midterm election.

Today's topic: The Inflation Reduction Act, recently signed by President Joe Biden.

Jason Clayworth
Aug 18, 2022 - News

Meet the faces of a Des Moines summer youth employment program

A photo of job participants at Oakridge Neighborhood.
The 2022 Youth Summer Employment Program celebration at the Wakonda Club in DSM last week . Photo courtesy of Oakridge Neighborhood

Nearly 70 students from low-income families wrapped up paid internships last week through Oakridge neighborhood's Youth Summer Employment Program (YSEP).

Why it matters: Summer jobs provide young people with benefits that extend beyond a paycheck.

Polk County will vote to oppose Iowa pipeline project

A map of a proposed Iowa pipeline project.
The Heartland Greenway project's proposed Iowa route. Map courtesy of Navigator CO2 Ventures

Polk County Supervisors are drafting a letter to object to Navigator CO2 Venture's proposed 1,300-mile pipeline project, multiple supervisors tell Axios.

  • The route would cross 33 of Iowa's 99 counties, including the northeast portion of Polk.