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Jason Clayworth
8 hours ago - News

Changes to Iowa's bottle redemption program prompts a recycling revolution

Illustration of a nickel with a beer bottle on the back instead of Monticello.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Iowa's bottle and can redemption program is being revolutionized by technology that could eliminate the need for consumers to sort cans, multiple beverage and redemption officials tell Axios.

  • At one Des Moines test site, users simply put a QR sticker on bags for redemption funds to be automatically deposited into their bank account.
Linh Ta
8 hours ago - News

Des Moines schools stocking Naloxone to fight opioid overdoses

Narcan nasal spray
Narcan nasal spray. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

The Des Moines School District will stock at least two doses of Naloxone spray in every building. The drug is used to reverse opioid overdoses.

Driving the news: The school board approved a new program Tuesday night that requires the district to annually stock Naloxone.

Jason Clayworth
8 hours ago - News

Des Moines' follow-up on crimes against women results in hundreds arrested

Illustrated collage of a person’s silhouette with an ambulance and caution tape.
Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Des Moines police arrested an average of 48 people a year in a program that started in 2016 and focuses on crimes against women, according to information provided this week to the city council.

Why it matters: Women in the U.S. are far more likely to be victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Linh Ta
8 hours ago - Things to Do

Bread & Puppet brings touring political show to Des Moines

Bread and Puppet
Puppets from Bread & Puppet. Photos courtesy of Bread & Puppet

Bread & Puppet — a political, non-profit theater company — is bringing its touring show of colorful puppets, brass music and pointed current events to Des Moines.

Driving the news: The Vermont-based puppeteering group is performing at Water Works Park at the Lauridsen Amphitheater Wednesday at 6pm.

Linh Ta
Oct 4, 2022 - News

Iowa's brain drain continues to cost state college educated adults

Data: National Bureau of Economic Research; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Iowa is one of the worst states at retaining its new college graduates, according to a new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Why it matters: The state spends millions of dollars funding Iowa's public universities with the hope of training and educating new graduates to fuel the workforce.

Jason Clayworth
Oct 4, 2022 - News

Polk County to pay $25K to man charged in George Floyd protest

Illustration of money falling out of a wallet with a police badge
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

A man charged with riot-related crimes linked with a 2020 Des Moines protest will receive a $25,000 settlement under a proposal that goes before the Polk County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

State of play: Jacob Sahr, 25, was one of dozens of people arrested during protests surrounding the murder of George Floyd.

Jason Clayworth
Oct 3, 2022 - News

Des Moines to launch vacant property registry

A photo of a home demolition.
Des Moines has about 25 other homes ready to be demolished like this one in its Blitz on Blight program. Photo courtesy of the city of DSM

Vacant Des Moines building owners would be required to register their properties with the city and comply with maintenance requirements under an ordinance being considered Monday night by the city council.

  • Failing to comply could result in a fine of up to $750 for a first offense.
Linh Ta
Oct 3, 2022 - News

Des Moines bike trail provides new path between West Des Moines

A google map showing the bike trail
The location of the new, 10-foot wide bike trail from Des Moines to West Des Moines. Map via Google Maps

Trail users will have another way to get from Des Moines to West Des Moines via a new, 10-foot wide path alongside 63th Street.

Driving the news: The City of Des Moines approved the $109,000 trail project last month, which starts north of Raccoon River by the Levee Trail and goes to SW McKinley Avenue.