Jason Clayworth
6 hours ago - News

Ask Axios: What's Hoyt Sherman's noise print?

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Hoyt Sherman Place unveiled plans last month for a permanent $500K outdoor stage for concerts and community events.

Linh Ta
Feb 7, 2023 - 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" β€” 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.

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.

Jason Clayworth
Feb 2, 2023 - News

Spike in synthetic narcotic deaths driving tougher Iowa drug laws

Data: Iowa Health and Human Services; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Iowa Health and Human Services; Chart: Axios Visuals

Iowa registered at least 178 synthetic narcotic deaths in 2022, according to provisional data from the state's Health and Human Services department.

  • That's down by as much as 35 from a 2021 peak but still at least 125% higher than five years ago.
Linh Ta
Feb 2, 2023 - News

Des Moines' pickup truck obsession

Data: Data: S&P Global Mobility; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Data: S&P Global Mobility; Chart: Axios Visuals

Trucks are the king of the streets in central Iowa with pickups ranking as the most popular vehicles last year.

Driving the news: Four of Des Moines' 10 best-selling vehicles in 2022 were are pickup trucks, according to vehicle registration data from January through November 2022 by S&P Global Mobility.

Jason Clayworth
Feb 1, 2023 - News

Des Moines vows to set better violence interruption benchmarks

A photo of a man being assisted after a shooting.

Creative Visions CEO Ako Abdul-Samad responded to a shooting last summer involving this 15-year-old who survived. Photo courtesy of The Violence Interruption Project via the city of DSM

Benchmarks for a violence reduction program launched last year were overly ambiguous, according to a recently-published annual report.

Why it matters: DSM homicides increased in 2022 from 2021 and police confiscated a record number of guns.

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