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Linh Ta
Jan 21, 2022 - News

Bald eagles are everywhere in Iowa. Here's how to see one

A bald eagle
Bald eagle seen in downtown Des Moines. Photo courtesy of Tom Alex

Step aside, Midwest neighbors — Iowa is the belle of the ball when it comes to attracting bald eagles this winter.

Driving the news: Not only are these large raptors actively out and about right now — you'll likely find groups of them hanging around together.

Jason Clayworth
Jan 21, 2022 - News

Polk County lands up to $60M more in rent assistance

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Polk County will receive up to $60 million more in federal emergency rent assistance that had previously been allocated to the state, according to county administrator John Norris' memo to supervisors last week.

Why it matters: Polk County families need the help and federal officials have threatened to reclaim a state grant if the money goes unused.

Jason Clayworth
Jan 21, 2022 - News

Des Moines addiction treatment facility plans to expand

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

An outpatient addiction and gambling treatment facility on Des Moines' east side is slated to expand its operations.

Driving the news: The City Council approved Prelude Behavioral Services' rezoning request for its property at 3451 Easton Blvd. last week.

Why it matters: Alcohol and substance abuse has increased in Iowa, and across the country, since the pandemic began.

Jason Clayworth
Jan 21, 2022 - News

Ankeny parents call for special school board election

An illustration of a map of Iowa as a voting box.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Parents and community members are kicking off a petition drive Friday to call for a special election to fill a contested Ankeny school board seat.

Driving the news: Board member Deshara Bohanna resigned earlier this month with about two years left on her term.

  • The remaining members could have called for a special election but instead appointed Aaron Johnson, a former member.
Linh Ta
Updated Jan 20, 2022 - News

Des Moines refugees struggle getting dental help

A tooth with a crack shaped like a dollar sign.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Many Afghan refugees resettling in Des Moines are struggling to find oral surgeons who are willing to take Medicaid — resulting in long drives to find care.

What's happening: Some of the refugees arrived with severe oral needs, like root canals and extractions, because they were unable to get care in Afghanistan and at the U.S. base camps, said Kerri True-Funk of USCRI-Des Moines.

  • One Afghan refugee got off the plane in Des Moines with a wadded-up napkin containing several of her teeth.
  • She lost them while chewing gum that someone gave her to keep her ears from popping, said Emily Mendez, of local nonprofit Dental Connections.
Linh Ta
Jan 20, 2022 - News

The day Ozzy Osbourne bit off a bat's head in Des Moines

Ozzy Osbourne in 1985
British rock star Ozzy Osbourne, left, performs on Jan. 17, 1985 at the Rock in Rio music festival in Brazil. Photo: AP Photo

Thursday marks a rather, er — batty day in Des Moines history.

Driving the news: Forty years ago, Ozzy Osbourne bit off a bat's head while he was performing his "Diary of a Madman" tour at Veterans Memorial Auditorium on Jan. 20, 1982.

Jason Clayworth
Jan 19, 2022 - News

Iowa's carbon pipeline race meets growing opposition

Illustration of two hands passing off a pipe instead of a baton in a relay race.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Resistance is growing to proposals for multi-billion-dollar networks of underground pipelines that would cross Iowa and capture carbon dioxide from ethanol or fertilizer plants.

Why it matters: While the proposals claim the projects would greatly reduce greenhouse emissions, they're raising controversy among environmentalists and community leaders.

  • Groups like the Sierra Club claim the Iowa proposals are “false climate solutions” that “take us farther away from climate goals.”
  • And others argue the projects don’t benefit their communities.
Jason Clayworth
Jan 19, 2022 - News

New refugee donation center opens in Des Moines

Illustration of refugees
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A refugee donation warehouse has opened in downtown Des Moines, Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa (RACI) director Stephanie Moris told Axios.

Why it matters: Hundreds of Afghan refugees have resettled in Iowa in recent months and donations are important in helping them get established.

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