Des Moines Register: EXCLUSIVE: ‘This is wrong’: Iowa’s flawed felon list is disqualifying legitimate voters for years. “Jessica Bensley can legally carry a pistol in public — in part because she has never been convicted of a felony. But last year, Bensley somehow ended up on Iowa’s felon list. Because Iowa law doesn’t allow felons to vote, the Polk County Auditor’s Office, in turn, rejected the ballot she cast in November. Iowa’s mistake cost Bensley her constitutional right to vote. And she wasn’t the only one.”
Little Village: Hard-cider, tetanus deaths and poisoned ice cream: ICPL launches an online archive of historic Iowa City newspapers . “On Tuesday, decades of Iowa City history suddenly became much more accessible, when the Iowa City Public Library launched an online archive of newspapers covering the years 1841 to 1925. The searchable archive features editions from seven different Iowa City newspapers previously available only on microfilm at the library.”
AP: Iowa justice blocks newspaper from reporting court records. “An Iowa Supreme Court justice has taken the unusual step of temporarily ordering the state’s largest newspaper not to publish the contents of court records legally obtained by one of its reporters. Press freedom advocates protested the order against the Des Moines Register and investigative reporter Clark Kauffman, and called on the full court Friday to immediately lift the stay.”
Iowa Public Radio: Iowa Labor Collection To Digitize 1,200 Oral Histories. “More than 1,200 interviews documenting Iowa’s labor history are set to be digitized and will be available online sometime next year, making the Iowa Labor Collection one of the most comprehensive labor oral history achieves in the nation.”
Iowa: New Online Resource Brings Iowa History to Teachers/Students. “A video of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s 1959 visit to Coon Rapids at the height of the Cold War. The neatly typed script President Herbert Hoover used during his 1929 inaugural address, slightly wrinkled by the rain that doused the ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. Sheet music and an audio recording of a 1915 song called ‘Don’t Bite the Hand That’s Feeding You,’ which urged immigrants to stay loyal to the United States during World War I. These eye-opening documents – and dozens more – from the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Library of Congress are now available to teachers, students and lifelong learners thanks to a new free online resource that was unveiled today…”
The Gazette (Iowa): Gazette archives now available in digital, searchable format thanks to partnership. “Millions of pages from past issues of The Gazette, dating back to 1883, are being made available to the public in a digital, searchable format thanks to a partnership between the newspaper, Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation, State Historical Society of Iowa and a local company that specializes in digitization.” The article made me think that this might be for Cedar Rapids residents / library card holders only, but I was able to access archival content with no problem.
Iowa State University: Easy Access to Wildlife Experts Available with Online Tool. “Wildlife is everywhere in Iowa. As farmers and landowners across the state encounter this wildlife, questions of how to manage and care for animals bubble to the surface. The wildlife program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has created a new application to help Iowans find local contacts to help provide answers. The online application consolidates contact information for natural resource professionals in all corners of the state.” Quickly reviewing the “Wildlife Conflict Resolution” category, it looks like this site provides both government and non-government resources. Hall’s Critter Gitters! Big Papa’s Nuisance Wildlife Control!