In Ames, Iowa, a creek previously named after an offensive term for Native American women is now called Ioway Creek.
The name change of a local creek in central Iowa reflects broader national trends that are recognizing derogatory or racist connotations.
Democrats needed to net three seats to win control of the Senate.
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Were GOP incumbents able to rely on their rural supporters to fend off Democrats' growing strength in the suburbs?
An operation taking place in 1941 on South Side of Chicago.
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The US has a long history of forced sterilization campaigns that were driven by the bogus 'science' of eugenics, racism and sexism.
Seth Barnes, a staffer for Democratic presidential hopeful Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, makes calls to potential voters, Jan. 29, 2020.
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What will happen to campaign workers after the Feb. 3 caucuses? It's a question that's in the cold Iowa air, carrying with it a subtle message about the state of democratic politics.
Like the other Democratic candidates for president, Elizabeth Warren has spent months canvassing Iowa to meet voters while spending little time in other states.
Americans didn't always have primaries and caucuses to choose presidential candidates. The system was meant to be more democratic, but it places too much attention on largely white, small states.
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Food might seem like an easy way to appeal to the masses. But when politicians wade into local food customs, they do so at their own risk.
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders shake hands before the debate on Jan. 14.
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At the Jan. 14 debate, held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, six candidates clashed on jobs, Iran and more.
Strips of native prairie grasses planted on Larry and Margaret Stone’s Iowa farm protect soil, water and wildlife.
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Investing in farming methods that improve lands and water, and in rural infrastructure and markets, could bring new prosperity to agricultural communities.
Sunset over an Iowa farm.
Since the Great Recession, most of the nation's rural counties have struggled to recover lost jobs and retain their people.
Three-year-old Ailianie Hernandez waits with her mother, Julianna Ageljo, to apply for Puerto Rico’s nutritional assistance program.
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Trump has repeatedly misconstrued the territory as not being part of the United States. But it is.
A fan of fuel blends that contain as much as 85 percent ethanol.
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Vehicles made before 2001 could suffer fuel system or engine damage if they're run on E15.
Feeling forgotten: Iowa’s rural communities.
In Iowa, almost 40 percent of residents can't afford the basic cost of living. That was the setting for the 2018 midterm elections, where rural voters are suffering along with their communities.
A farm in LaSalle County, Illinois.
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Conservative skeptics of climate change may support projects focused on 'resilience' – for example, preparing a community for future major weather events.
Energy Secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry checks out a wind turbine.
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There are some good explanations for the mismatch between regional support for climate action and the areas where renewable energy is making the biggest inroads.
A barn that can hold up to 4,800 hogs outside Berwick, Pa. The state says the farm is in compliance with regulations, but residents have gone to court seeking relief from odors.
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Many people who live near large-scale livestock farms complain about noxious smells, air and water pollution and health risks. With little help from regulators, they are turning to lawsuits.
Students at an Atlanta elementary school prep for upcoming state standardized tests.
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Standardized test scores drive many of our decisions about students, teachers and school districts. But research shows that the results are highly predictable, in a bad way.
The share of fireworks being used for professional displays like this one at the Capitol last year is falling.
Every American shoots off almost a pound of fireworks a year, on average, and their growing personal use is causing injuries to climb.
Hillary Clinton takes a selfie with supporters in front of a US Secret Service agent.
Our global newsroom responds to the first results in the US presidential election. We hear from scholars in the UK, US, Australia and France.
Religious right winger Ted Cruz has won the Republican Iowa Caucuses with 27.7% of the votes, to 24.3% for Donald Trump and 23.1% for the establishment favourite Marco Rubio. Ben Carson was a distant fourth…
Bernie Sanders at his caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa.
Iowa has voted. Here's how things look heading into New Hampshire.