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IowaWatch interviews in three politically diverse counties in the state that hosts the first-in-the-nation presidential precinct caucuses revealed that, while residents there say civil conversation about politics is a common goal, polarization remains a powerful force that can halt any chance of some Iowans even wanting to talk about politics at all.
In an IowaWatch interview, Des Moines Register investigative reporter Clark Kauffman talks about uncovering an Iowa judge’s willingness to let attorneys write rulings in cases they tried before him, plus Kauffman’s process while writing this article and other stories he has uncovered in his career with The Register.
Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources sampled trash from 10 landfills and five transfer stations across Iowa for a study published in December 2017, looking to answer the question, “What are Iowans landfilling?” Tom Anderson, of the Iowa DNR’s Land Quality Bureau and the study’s project manager, has an answer to that question.
ByZoe Seiler, Jace Neugebauer, Lauren Wade and K. Rambo |
Dylan Miller spent $495 on college textbooks at the University of Northern Iowa – $167.50 for a linear algebra textbook – in the spring semester just ending, yet said he might have used the books, perhaps, once a month. The internet? Used it close to two hours each day, he said, raising the issue of why he still buys textbooks. “That’s a great question,” Miller, 20, a sophomore this spring semester from Homestead, Iowa, and studying for a major in actuarial science, said. “I will not be buying textbooks next semester.”
A lot of college students are avoiding textbooks costs that generally can range from around $20 for a book on writing grant proposals to $400 for a physics book, a spring IowaWatch/College Media Journalism Project revealed.
ByTemesha Derby, Britteny Johnson and Laura Wiersema |
Despite efforts by faculty and staff to educate students about sexual assault prevention and reporting, colleges and universities in Iowa struggle to measure how effective these initiatives are on their campuses.
Heightened concern about antibiotic resistance has put livestock antibiotic use into question. But while antibiotic sales reports are available publicly, robust data for making clear decisions about antibiotic regulation in animals do not exist.
A new Hechinger Report study shows many flagship universities across the country have low enrollment of African-American and Latino students, yet the University of Iowa shows a slight rise in first-time degree-seeking students from those minority populations. That doesn’t mean work still needs to be done for better diversity, students interviewed said.
Who lives in or near downtown in Iowa City, which houses students from across Iowa and other states, is out of balance, housing and urban planning experts in the city say. It’s that way because, paradoxically, more students can afford housing there because of the rents, squeezing out potential homebuyers and renters.