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Investigative Reporter — Des Moines Register

Investigative reporter at The Des Moines Register

Mason unaware of coach, administrator's relationship, she says

desmoinesregister.com — As part of its investigation into field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, Iowa looked at whether her relationship with Jane Meyer, the university's senior women's athletics administrator, posed a professional conflict. The probe concluded the relationship was not prohibited. University President Sally Mason nonetheless told the Register she found it concerning and learned of it only recently.

Boarded up: Iowans wrestle with school closures

desmoinesregister.com — The three-story brick school here sits in shambles, overlooking a town whose population has dwindled by 60 percent since an Iowa Supreme Court ruling shut the building down in 1967. That ruling upheld a controversial state law passed in 1958 that required almost all Iowa schools to be a part of a K-12 district; a law that ultimately resulted in the closure of thousands of schools.

Does Iowa treat female coaches differently?

desmoinesregister.com — University of Iowa field hockey players ended up in therapy due to their coach's actions, which included forbidding them from eating white bread during the season and calling them stupid, an undisclosed number of players claimed. But the university's investigation failed to substantiate those anonymous students' statements against head coach Tracey Griesbaum, concluding on Aug.

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.

Iowan who stole from war veteran given probation

desmoinesregister.com — A Hardin County woman who pleaded guilty to theft of an elderly man she cared for has been sentenced to probation, a punishment one of his friends called "ridiculous." Court depositions as well as the forensic accountant's report show that in the four years before James Curtis Ruby's August 2012 death, Pamala Hammond on at least 34 occasions transferred money from his accounts to her own, totaling more than $630,000.

Lost Schools: Their school is closing; now what?

desmoinesregister.com — Corwith, Ia. - Residents here want to avoid Iowa's chronic shuttered school syndrome. Like footage from a horror film, they've watched the agonizing phenomena unfold in their own surrounding communities. School reorganizations or district dissolution in the last three decades have left buildings vacant in such places as nearby Klemme and Wesley communities.

Professor: UI improperly withholding public records

desmoinesregister.com — The University of Iowa is withholding from the public documents that do not identify students or pertain to student records, according to a former faculty athletics representative - a decision that could violate state law. The Des Moines Register in August requested public records related to the Aug.

Records complaint filed against UI in field hockey case

desmoinesregister.com — The University of Iowa has improperly withheld public documents related to the August firing of its field hockey coach, The Des Moines Register asserted in a complaint filed Thursday with the state's Public Information Board.

New record for Iowa absentee voter count: 455,656

desmoinesregister.com — At least 455,656 Iowans voted early this year, according to newly released information from the Iowa Secretary of State. That's the strongest midterm early election voting in Iowa's history. The previous record was four years ago when 349,216 voted early.

Did you really vote early? You better check

desmoinesregister.com — Iowans who believe they voted early via absentee ballot should check to make sure it arrived, election officials are advising. Several people using social media have alerted The Register that they discovered that their ballot hadn't arrived.
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