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Judge: Child abuse video won’t be made public

desmoinesregister.com — Video footage showing what Iowa officials say is a former state worker physically abusing a 17-year-old girl is a confidential record and need not be disclosed by the state, a Polk County judge ruled this week.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @DMRegister: Judge dismisses Register lawsuit; video showing abuse at juvenile home won't be made public. dmreg.co/1tk15Pf

Nov 26, 2014

Irked by decision, but proud to work for Co. that takes the fight for #openrecords seriously via @JasonClayworth desmoinesregister.com/story/news/inv…

Peggy’s Tavern to be sold

desmoinesregister.com — A sale is pending for Peggy's Tavern, a Drake neighborhood pub owned by pharmacist Mark Graziano. The future of the bar, which opened more than 80 years ago, has been in question since Graziano's conviction for the illegal distribution of millions of dollars' worth of painkillers.

Analyst: NewLink deal a 'boost' for Ebola vaccine

desmoinesregister.com — Pharmaceutical giant Merck's decision to license an Ebola vaccine from Ames-based NewLink Genetics is a good sign for the vaccine, which is currently going through clinical trials, one industry analyst said. "Merck wouldn't have done this if there wasn't very good preliminary results from the clinical trials," said Dr. John Leavitt, a senior biotech analyst with the research firm Nerac.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @JoelAschbrenner: A pharmaceutical giant's $50M purchase of an Ebola vaccine means the trials are probably going well, analyst says desmoinesregister.com/story/money/bu…

Nov 26, 2014

RT @JoelAschbrenner: A pharmaceutical giant's $50M purchase of an Ebola vaccine means the trials are probably going well, analyst says desmoinesregister.com/story/money/bu…

The real Iowa favorite: Green Bean Casserole

Downtown convention hotel could be scaled back

desmoinesregister.com — Plans for Des Moines' proposed convention hotel are coming together, but it might end up a little smaller than originally planned. City and county officials are considering scaling back the hotel from 450 rooms to about 330 rooms - or some number in between - and reducing the height of the hotel to help bridge a funding shortfall.

Finney 5: Things to keep in mind this Thanksgiving

desmoinesregister.com — Thanksgiving is upon us and what's a holiday without a bunch of warnings in the news about how you might die while traveling or all the food will make you sick? Here are a few more warnings just to get you good and terrified for the season. 1.
Nov 26, 2014

Rules for family football, wafer-thin mints and other 5 things to keep in mind this Thanksgiving via @DMRegister ow.ly/EWs6v

Nov 26, 2014

Finney 5: Things to keep in mind this Thanksgiving ow.ly/EWnzK

Court access important to domestic violence victims

desmoinesregister.com — The Des Moines Register recently published several articles on domestic abuse, including one about Tiffany Allison, who was abused by a man who spent only 10 months in prison for his offense. Allison is working to require habitual offenders to serve at least 80 percent of their sentences, as opposed to the mere one-third that her abuser served for a felony domestic violence offense.

How Brian Mills has caught eyes, ears of ISU coaches

desmoinesregister.com — There's a unique sound Wally Burnham hears when one of his linebackers delivers a good tackle. The Iowa State defensive coordinator heard it with Jake Knott and A.J. Klein before they began their NFL careers. Burnham is hearing it again. Redshirt freshman linebacker Brian Mills is turning heads and making noise.
Nov 26, 2014

How Brian Mills has caught the eyes and ears of Iowa State coaches. My story at @DMRCyclones. dmreg.co/1tjsxg7 #Cyclones

Shoppers sharpen strategies for Thanksgiving spending

desmoinesregister.com — The coupons are clipped, the stores mapped out and the end goal is in sight. Strategy for the Super Bowl of shopping: Find the best deals while the sales time clock is running. Some of the biggest Black Friday crowds are expected to be out this year, fueled by a growing consumer confidence, declining unemployment, low fuel prices and heavy discounts from retailers.

Principal names Dan Houston president, COO

desmoinesregister.com — Principal Financial Group has named Daniel Houston as its new president and chief operating officer. Houston is a long-time Principal employee, joining the Des Moines-based company in 1984. He has served in a number of leadership roles and is currently the president of Principal's retirement, insurance and financial services division.

Finney: After Ferguson, we need to take hard look at our country

desmoinesregister.com — Please God, just let there be peace. I'm rarely given to prayer, but that was my thought Monday night as I watched officials in Ferguson, Mo., announce the grand jury decision that there would be no charges against the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @mamikgibar: Daniel Finney (@newsmanone), from the heart : After Ferguson, we need to take hard look at our country buff.ly/15qTN7f

Nov 25, 2014

RT @andrewPeters88: Oh hey, a rational and reasonable article about Ferguson. desmoinesregister.com/story/news/loc… As an STL native, thanks for this one @newsmanone.

Nov 25, 2014

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Snow may cause slick morning commute, delays

desmoinesregister.com — A storm system will move through the Midwest on Tuesday night into Wednesday, and could lead to travel issues ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Snow will move into central Iowa early Wednesday morning with the heaviest snow falling during the morning commute, said WHO-HD Meteorologist Brett McIntyre.

Peterson: Cyclones largely off-kilter in Maryland loss

desmoinesregister.com — This wasn't Iowa State's game from the start, Tuesday night's 72-63 loss against Maryland in the championship game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at the Sprint Center. From the moment Monte Morris got his first foul 24 seconds after the tip, you could just tell something was off-kilter.

Sales lure shoppers - and shoplifters

desmoinesregister.com — As shoppers finalize plans for a big weekend of holiday gift buying, retailers and law enforcement officers are making preparations to ensure merchandise is paid for before it leaves stores. "It's the Super Bowl of our year," said John Leatherman, loss prevention leader at Scheels in West Des Moines' Jordan Creek Town Center.

A tale of two Christmas trees

desmoinesregister.com — Learn about the theme and reasons for participating behind two volunteer group's trees at the Festival of Trees and Lights, a fundraiser for the Blank Children's Hospital.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @RegisterVisuals: Get a sneak peek of 2 trees on display at The Festival of Trees and Lights starting tomorrow. desmoinesregister.com/media/cinemati… pic.twitter.com/5OlMevRQyq

Peterson: Thomas plays starring role in gutty ISU win

desmoinesregister.com — Matt Thomas told us he was nervous before Monday night's game against Alabama in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Yeah, right. Whatever. A bundle of nerves before the game, maybe. A star during the 14th-ranked Cyclones' 84-74 victory? Definitely.
Nov 25, 2014

Will @Theiceman_21, MattThomas, b a star in CBEHOF title gm vs. Terps, or will it B @MonteMorris11 or @georgesNiang20 ow.ly/EThGv

What does your local food bank actually need?

desmoinesregister.com — In the spirit of giving, local food pantries are receiving donations from residents hoping to help others who may not be as fortunate as them. But not all donations are the same.

Millionaire's mission for Centerville shifts after death

desmoinesregister.com — Over the past 25 years, Morgan Cline was in real life to this struggling town what Mr. Henry F. Potter was to Bedford Falls in "It's a Wonderful Life." The self-made millionaire -- who got his start in Exline, a sliver-sized coal town next door - bought up building after derelict building, house after run-down house, and mansion after neglected mansion - whenever he saw a need.

Iowa State QB quietly moves closer to record

desmoinesregister.com — Todd Bandhauer etched his name in Iowa State history when he heaved a school-record 20 touchdown passes during the 1997 season. Nearly two decades later, the record has gone untouched, which comes as a surprise to Bandhauer. "I just assumed that I didn't have it (anymore)," Bandhauer said.
Nov 25, 2014

Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson inches closer and closer to record. My story at @DMRCyclones. dmreg.co/1CbOfvW #Cyclones