Investigative reporter at The Des Moines Register

Group: Iowa records are not trade secrets

desmoinesregister.com — Gov. Terry Branstad's administration should be forced to immediately release dozens of documents that have been wrongly classified as having trade secrets, a motion filed Friday in Polk County District Court argues. The issue focuses on the administration's recent notification to developer Randy Danniel, informing him the group Progress Iowa had made a public records request with the state seeking information about a Lee County project.

taser autopsy Thomas Martinez Jr. coralville noodles case open records

desmoinesregister.com — Thomas Martinez Jr. was having convulsions from an apparent drug overdose - with his face, chest and abdomen pinned to the ground - when Coralville police officers shocked him with a Taser, an autopsy report obtained by The Des Moines Register shows.

Tasers ACLU study ineffective policies study deaths shock

desmoinesregister.com — Policies on Taser use by Iowa law enforcement agencies are inadequate and alarmingly varied, with only a handful of the state's 99 sheriff's departments specifically prohibiting using electric shocks on pregnant women, the elderly, children or people who are already restrained, the first statewide review of the weapons shows.

County attorney fined $1,000 for open records violation

desmoinesregister.com — An Iowa county attorney who earlier this year testified he was too busy to follow Iowa's public records law was today formally fined $1,000. Washington County Attorney Larry Brock's fine is the first assessed to a government employee since the July 2013 formation of the Iowa Public Information Board.

Interactive: Iowa's Lost Schools

Lost schools: A new life via homecoming

desmoinesregister.com — CORWITH, Ia. - Esden Carroll's reign as Corwith-Wesley's homecoming king is bittersweet. It's fun to have the crown and enjoy some relatively harmless mischief that teenage royalty partake in. (He spent $80 on toilet paper, mostly used to decorate the trees in the front of the school.)

Audit: Iowa County auditor embezzled via credit card

desmoinesregister.com — Monona County's former auditor embezzled by using a credit card, initially costing taxpayers $8,217, a state audit released this morning shows. The state investigation shows that Brooke Kuhlmann, 29, used the card to purchase $1,000 worth of Wal-Mart debit cards, $2,809 in purchases at convenience stores, $258 in online music purchases and $752 at Winnavegas Casino in Sloan.

Wrongly fired state employee will get $263K

desmoinesregister.com — Taxpayers will reimburse a wrongly fired Iowa government employee whose coworkers lied under oath to oust him at least $263,400, a decision made public today shows. . Included in the reimbursements to Ken Morrow is $8,000 for the loss he had to sell his home at in June because he could no longer make mortgage payments.

Iowa pays $740,000 to settle accident, other claims

desmoinesregister.com — Iowa agreed to pay more than $740,000 Monday to settle claims of racial discrimination, exposing someone to toxic materials and a traffic accident that seriously injured a Spencer man. The largest payout was $450,000 to settle future claims from a 2012 crash that occurred following a state transportation department snowplow driver's failure to yield.

Iowa pays $740k to settle discrimination, auto claims

desmoinesregister.com — Iowa agreed to pay more than $740,000 Monday to settle claims of racial discrimination, exposing someone to toxic materials and a traffic accident that seriously injured a Spencer man. The largest payout was $450,000 to settle future claims from a 2012 crash that occurred following a state snowplow driver's failure to yield.
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Oct 24, 2014

@chuckoburger :) great memory, Chuck. You should click on the link and add that detail to our interactive database!

Oct 24, 2014

@chuckoburger ya? That's interesting! Did u attend school there, Chuck?

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