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Investigative Reporter — Des Moines Register

Investigative reporter at The Des Moines Register

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.

A few ballot counters down in Ames; votes still taken

desmoinesregister.com — Voters have reported a few hiccups in Ames but the county auditor describes them as minor and ones that have not turned voters away from the polls. "There are a few that are experiencing machine problems but we experience that every election despite all of our best efforts," said Story County Auditor Lucy Martin.

Polls open; Hatch seen walking dogs

desmoinesregister.com — Ruby Skarin at 6:45 a.m. waited for her polling site to open this morning, less than a block away from Sen. Jack Hatch, who walked his dogs before officially launching his last day on the 2014 campaign trail. Skarin's wait began before the automatic light sensors had turned off some of the streetlights.

New database: Iowa government salaries up $69.7 million

desmoinesregister.com — Iowans spent $69.7 million more on salaries in the past fiscal year with the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy employees making the greatest average salary: $92,258, newly released records show. The overall increase in the amount spent on salaries as compared with the previous fiscal year is less than 2.3 percent, roughly the same level as inflation.
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Nov 04, 2014

@KyleMunson Have I lost my paparazzi license for NOT shooting that photo???

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