The data behind the IowaWatch story “Highest Iowa Lottery Ticket Sales In Lower Income Neighborhoods,” examines lottery proceed numbers at the zip code level, comparing sales with median household income and the racial and ethnic composition of that zip code.
Suicide prevention is getting attention in Iowa from several approaches. For example, the Legislature in 2014 directed the Iowa Department of Public Health and Department of Education to collaborate on advancing suicide prevention efforts. But some health care professionals worry that elderly suicide prevention does not get enough attention. The following graphics and charts, compiled at the end of 2014, provide illustrations and raw data for those interested in delving more into this public matter. Read an IowaWatch story that digs into this matter here.
These charts show where Iowa Lottery proceeds have been spent since the state adopted a lottery in 1985. Read the story: 30 Years In, Iowa Lottery Runs Contrary To States That Directly Fund Public Education
Iowa’s law banning texting while driving is failing to reduce road crashes, and officers seldom enforce it because of legal restrictions, an IowaWatch investigation shows. Crash history reports from the Iowa Department of Transportation show that since the Iowa Legislature enacted it in July 2011, the law has not decreased cell-phone related crashes.
IowaWatch survey of students at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa about college debt and concerns about getting a job after graduation. Scroll down the document to see the raw data. The overall survey’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points. Margins of error increase for questions that fewer than 671 participants answered. RETURN TO MAIN STORY
Farm deaths accounted for more than 30 percent of all occupational fatalities in Iowa between 2001 and 2011, an IowaWatch analysis of data from the Iowa Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program shows. Read more about farm fatalities and regulation in these reports:
Matter of Seconds: Farm Safety Regulation Hard to Come By In Iowa, by Sarah Hadley/IowaWatch
Matter of Seconds: OSHA Educates More Than It Enforces, by Robert Holly/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
Matter of Seconds: As Deaths Add Up, Farmers ‘Walk the Grain’ Unprotected, by Robert Holly/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
In analyzing the data, we focused on injuries that occurred while farmers, farm workers, farm family members and commercial grain bin workers were on-site. Fatalities that occurred during transportation were not included in the Farm-Related Fatalities category. The data includes farm-related fatality reports from 2001 through 2011 as well as charts illustrating trends in the data, such as the number of farm-related deaths as a percentage of the total occupational fatalities. Lauren Mills/IowaWatch