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PHOTO: New research finds most temporary workers from Mexico who get work visas are no better off than those who are undocumented. Photo credit: Bread for the World/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Immigrants from Mexico can fill the gap where there's a need for agricultural or low-skilled work in Iowa and across the country. But a new study finds there is little benefit for those who legally obtain a temporary worker visa. Indiana University researcher Lauren Apgar found...Read More

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PHOTO: The future of farming and conservation is in the spotlight as the largest outdoor farm equipment show in the U.S. gets underway Tuesday in Boone. Photo credit: Josh Flint/Farm Progress Show.

BOONE, Iowa - As the nation's largest outdoor farm equipment show kicks off today in Boone, one issue in the spotlight is the nation's largest conservation program. More than 1,400 farms across Iowa and 20,000 farms across the nation are up for renewal for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)....Read More

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PHOTO: Iowa parents have one more item to add to that back-to-school checklist, getting the kids in for an eye exam. Photo credit: Logan Ingalls/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - With the start of the new school year, parents across the state are being reminded healthy eyes are critical to their child's educational success. Gary Ellis, executive director with the Iowa Optometric Association, says this is a great time of year to get students in for an exam,...Read More

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PHOTO: A legal complaint has been served over the odors emanating from a Minnesota pig farm with Iowa owners, with the plaintiffs claiming the stench is making their lives miserable. Photo credit: Mercy for Animals/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Neighbors of a central Minnesota hog facility that has Iowa owners are going to court, claiming the odors from the operation are not only pungent but a nuisance under state law. According to Amanda Hungerford, an equal justice works litigation fellow with the Humane Society of th...Read More

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PHOTO: More than half of teens surveyed for the Pew Research Internet Project said they'd observed instances of cyber-bullying. Photo courtesy

DES MOINES, Iowa - Bullying is no longer a behavior that happens mostly on the playground or the school bus. Social media is providing online channels for negative interactions between children, with more than half of teens reporting they have witnessed online bullying. Experts such as Peggy Caruso...Read More

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PHOTO: With families and kids busy with outdoor activities and vacations, blood donations tend to fall off in the summer, but according to the LifeServe Blood Center the need does not. Folks across Iowa are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and donate to help save a life. Photo credit: Heather/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - With the summer quickly winding down, the need for blood donors in Iowa is up. Nichole Hanger, public relations and marketing specialist with LifeServe Blood Center, said there are generally fewer people who donate over the busy summer months, even though demand generally increa...Read More

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PHOTO: Some simple changes in how a school lunch is packed can prevent tons of trash from ending up in Iowa landfills, so parents and students are being urged to go with reusable containers. Photo credit:

DES MOINES, Iowa - Students returning to school across Iowa this month won't just be forming friendships and making the team. They'll also generate a massive amount of trash - although proper planning can reduce that greatly. According to Leslie Holsapple, program and outreach manager for Metro Was...Read More

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PHOTO: A new poll shows economic security and support for caregivers are key issues for older Iowans as they decide which candidates to support in the November general election. Photo credit: Tax Credit/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The November general election is less than three months away, and a new poll shows older Iowans are seeking candidates who will focus on improving their economic security. Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president with AARP, says their survey questioned likely Iowa voters age 50 an...Read More

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