Austin Cannon, The Des Moines Register

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The Des Moines Register

Omaha, NE, United States

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Past articles by Austin:

Des Moines civil rights department needs to expand, commission chair says

At a time when issues it deals with are at the forefront, the department's funding represents less than 1% of Des Moines' general fund. → Read More

What you need to know: Des Moines takes first step toward racial profiling ordinance

The Des Moines City Council will take up the ordinance again June 22, and pledges to make revisions. → Read More

With barriers to protect drivers, DART to resume fare collection in July

DART said it's working in June to add a plastic barrier between drivers and the fare box. → Read More

Des Moines City Council will consider racial profiling ordinance at Monday meeting

Under the proposed code, the Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards will handle racial profiling complaints submitted by the public. → Read More

Des Moines to resume parking meter enforcement next week

Parking meters are active from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. → Read More

Prairie Meadows to reopen track facility, taking next step to restarting casino

The track's "backside" facilities will reopen June 1 after a vote from the casino board. → Read More

Facebook makes $350,000 donation to Polk County relief fund

The deadline to submit applications is June 1. → Read More

Disruption of Des Moines government meeting shows vulnerability of conferencing software to trolls

“They can’t run a closed meeting," said Doug Jacobson, a computer engineering professor at Iowa State University. "The citizenry has to be able to join these meetings.” → Read More

Des Moines council, civil rights commission meeting called off after being 'Zoom-bombed' with slurs

Someone invaded the online meeting and used several racial and sexual slurs. → Read More

With COVID-19 still spreading, Des Moines metro leaders urge residents to be careful as businesses reopen

"I don't think now is the time for us to let up," Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie said at a Thursday news conference. → Read More

Garbage getaway: Metro Waste offering drive-through landfill tour to ease quarantine boredom

Head to the landfill on Saturday for a tour and visual scavenger hunt. → Read More

Loving aunt, longtime Valley Junction neighbor dies of COVID-19

Antonia Leon, 94, is remembered for caring for her dozens of nieces and nephews. → Read More

Des Moines freezes issuance of street permits until July, pushing back farmers' market opening, downtown art festival

The moratorium will force the delay or cancellation of the annual Des Moines Art Festival. → Read More

Des Moines police pull body from river at Prospect Park

Officers were dispatched to the river around 3:10 p.m. → Read More

Nick Kotz, former Register Pulitzer winner, dies at 87

Kotz won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1968. → Read More

Kids and dogs could be banned from Des Moines' Downtown Farmers' Market reopening, mayor says

Mayor Frank Cownie posed the restrictions as part of multiple ideas being considered in light of the coronavirus pandemic → Read More

'It's a nightmare': First denied testing, twice denied ER admittance, Iowa man dies of COVID-19

After Kyle Brown's last shift at TPI Composites, it took two trips to health providers to be tested for COVID-19, three trips to ERs to be admitted. → Read More

Hulk Out: 3-year-old pup wins virtual Beautiful Bulldog Contest

Users cast 84,000 votes for 32 bulldogs featured in the bracket-style tournament. → Read More

Des Moines gives preliminary approval to wedding venue, homeless shelter

Both projects still need to gain final approval from the Des Moines City Council. → Read More

COVID-19 cuts traffic, forcing Des Moines to delay Euclid Avenue lane reduction

Traffic on Iowa's city streets last week was down 46% from when social distancing began in mid-March, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation. → Read More