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Art supports climate justice at the Iowa Environmental Council’s inaugural Green Gala

The Iowa Environmental Council’s (IEC) Green Gala & Art Auction filled Mainframe Studio’s Big Room on Friday, Nov. 10, with guests dressed in shades of green to support a greener future. As people sipped their wine over tunes from DJ […]

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Mazahir Salih is stepping down as executive director of the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa

Mazahir Salih announced on Monday that she is stepping down as executive director of the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa (CWJ). “It has been an honor to serve in this role, and it has also taken a toll […]

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‘I am my sister’s keeper’: Trans femmes in Central Iowa share home and resources through the Trans Housing Project

Zoie Taylor has owned two houses, across the street from one another in her Des Moines neighborhood, for a while now. They’re hers outright, mortgages paid off. And for a while, she rented them out in the typical fashion. Until […]

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Iowa City roller derby athletes show new batch of beginners how to roll (and fall)

It’s the second day of 101 Bootcamp. There are seven new recruits for the Old Capitol City Roller Derby (OCCRD) team. Tart of Darkness #323, Cara Delaney, straps on her knee pads and elbow pads, her wrist guards and mouth […]

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Des Moines-based BLK & Bold coffee collabs with Marvel Studios, Target on ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ packaging

Black coffee just got Blacker with a promotional partnership alongside one of the biggest movie releases of the year. Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever product collection features Des Moines’ own BLK & Bold coffee, founded by Rod Johnson and […]

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Protesters disrupt carbon capture conference in Des Moines, face close call with SUV

About 100 people marched from Cowles Commons through the streets of Des Moines to the Iowa Events Center on Wednesday to protest the National Carbon Capture Conference and Expo. The expo featured speakers from Summit Carbon Solutions, Wolf Carbon Solutions, […]

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Iowa will not receive $30 million in federal aid for child care

The state of Iowa is losing $30 million in federal money that would have helped families access basic child care services. The governor’s office says the loss of that money is the result of a deliberate decision to avoid having […]

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CCAN asks for donations to repair damaged RV so they can continue distributing winter clothes

A year after hitting the road for the first time, the Corridor Community Action Network’s (CCAN) free mobile clothing closet has run into a problem. The CCAN-Clothes Cruise’s RV was being stocked with warm clothes donated by the community Thursday […]

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Happy bonobos make great research subjects at Des Moines’ world-renowned Ape Initiative

Des Moines is known for a few things: the Traveler’s Insurance sign, Slipknot and, I suppose, the Iowa state government. But in zoologist circles globally, Des Moines is famously the home of the only facility dedicated to the research and […]

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Eat Greater Des Moines’ food rescue app has attracted hundreds of volunteers — now it needs more food to move

Eat Greater Des Moines partnered with grocery stores, gas stations and the community to make sure unwanted food in Central Iowa doesn’t have to go to waste. Their food rescue app launched back in June, and in its first four […]

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Iowans overwhelmingly approve constitutional amendment that ‘prohibits current and future common-sense gun laws’

Public Measure 1, which amends the Iowa Constitution to make it harder to pass new gun safety laws and easier to eliminate existing ones, was overwhelmingly approved by voters on Tuesday. Just over 64 percent of voters statewide voted yes, […]

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Election 2022: Johnson County remains a Democratic stronghold, as Republicans sweep to victories statewide

Johnson County remained a bright spot for Iowa Democrats on Tuesday, even as Republicans dominated Election Day statewide. Every Democrat in a statewide race carried the county by a large margin, even as they were defeated by Republicans. The only […]

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