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Jason Clayworth
15 hours ago - News

Polk County makes monkeypox vaccine available to certain residents

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

A limited number of monkeypox vaccines are being made available this week to gay or bisexual men and transgender adults in Polk County. They are considered the highest risk for contracting the virus.

Why it matters: Vaccines have been in short supply and, until now, there was no public sign up option to get one.

Jason Clayworth
15 hours ago - News

Iowa makes roads out of soybeans and recycled asphalt

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Check out this soy-based road test site later this month at the Farm Progress Show in Boone. Photo courtesy of SoyLei Innovations

A soy-based asphalt technology discovered by accident last year at Iowa State University will be nationally available for commercial use next year.

Why it matters: It could save consumers and governments big money.

Linh Ta
Aug 8, 2022 - News

Struggles continue in Des Moines' redlined district

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Des Moines' redlining map. Photo via Polk County Housing Trust Fund

Households in Des Moines' historic redlining district are some of the most likely to face insecurity and seek help from a food pantry, according to a new report by the Des Moines Area Religious Council.

Jason Clayworth
Aug 8, 2022 - News

Let your grass go brown as most of Iowa deals with a drought

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These grasses near Polk County's Courthouse are dry but they aren't dead. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Lawn watering is often unnecessary and maybe even harmful for the grass, according to turf specialists at Iowa State University.

State of play: Most of Iowa is in a drought and a lot of the state's turfs are designed to go dormant, Adam Thoms, an assistant professor in horticulture at ISU told the Des Moines Register last year.

Jason Clayworth
Aug 8, 2022 - News

Iowa allocates $1 million for Choice Charter School's launch

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Iowa Board of Education allocated $1 million last week to help Choice Charter School pay startup costs.

Driving the news: Choice is the first charter school that will run independently of a public school district under a 2021 state law

Jason Clayworth
Aug 5, 2022 - News

Des Moines to relocate, build new fire station

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Redevelopment plans for the current site of Des Moines’ Fire Station #4 have not been determined. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Des Moines would close one of its central city fire stations and relocate it about a mile away in a project that goes before the city council Monday.

  • Fire Station # 4, 917 University Ave., would move to 19th and Clark Streets under the proposal.
Jason Clayworth
Aug 5, 2022 - News

How Iowans like to keep their thermostats vs. how they should

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

It has been hot as hell this week and we've all been sweatin' like a, well, you know…pig.

Driving the news: We asked readers Tuesday for their ideal home temps.