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Iowa won’t comment on executive’s sudden departure

desmoinesregister.com — One of the top executives of Iowa Workforce Development retired unexpectedly Friday, less than three months after a major shakeup at the agency that landed him a promotion. State officials declined to discuss the matter. Chief Operations Officer Michael Wilkinson retired from the department on Friday.

Iowa agency misspent another $1.2 million, audit finds

desmoinesregister.com — An Iowa correctional district whose management is provided more vacation time than is allotted to other state employees was again cited in another state audit Tuesday, this one showing an additional $1.2 million in misspending.

Hospital secrecy case to go before Iowa board

desmoinesregister.com — A public hospital's effort to keep a volunteer list secret must be reviewed by the Iowa Public Information Board, a judge ordered this week. The case involves a records request filed by Richard "Rich" Knowles, of Denison, who is seeking volunteer driver records from the Crawford County Memorial Hospital.

Drunken city employee totals city truck, keeps job

desmoinesregister.com — The street superintendent for the city of Anita crashed a city vehicle earlier this year and kept his job despite later pleading guilty of driving drunk during the incident, records obtained Monday by The Des Moines Register show. Anita Street Superintendent David Winther, 53, was arrested Feb.

Audit: West Des Moines principal abused credit card

desmoinesregister.com — A West Des Moines elementary principal used a school credit card to purchase personal items that ranged from renting a grill at Honey Creek Resort in southern Iowa to hotel room service and airline tickets for family members, a state audit released Tuesday shows.
Jun 30, 2015

Audit: West Des Moines principal abused credit card, buying personal airline tickets, reptile supplies & a shag rug. dmreg.co/1IqaHmP

Ban on unflattering Terry Branstad pin upheld

desmoinesregister.com — A ban on pins worn by state prison employees that reflect unfavorably on Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has been upheld by a Polk County District Court judge. The pin shows an unflattering black-and-white photograph of Branstad's face bisected by a red diagonal slash with the words "NOTHING HAS CHANGED."

Lost Schools: Iowa school to be demolished despite objections

desmoinesregister.com — It's official: This town's school building will be leveled. The decision was made during a nearly 2 ½-hour meeting late Tuesday. Residents - including some who supported the decision - voiced concern and grief about losing a structure has been the community's social hub for nearly a century.

Salween Thai: Delicious; undeservingly overlooked

desmoinesregister.com — Salween Thai's food is delicious but seems to be a bit ignored by the Des Moines restaurant crowd. I was there on a Friday between 6:30 and 7:35 p.m. and my table of two contained the only sit-down customers during that time. (I counted three take outs.)
Jun 17, 2015

RT @DMRegister: Need dinner plans? Try Salween Thai. It's delicious and undeservingly overlooked. dmreg.co/1dL8cPt via @JasonClayworth

Trooper's act of kindness goes viral

desmoinesregister.com — An act of kindness by an Iowa State Trooper is going viral. Last summer, Breanna Faith Gauthier was driving cross country after a bad break up when her car tire blew and she found herself stranded on an Iowa highway at night, she recounted on Facebook. Then, Trooper Todd Granner arrived on the scene.

Labor Department: Iowa judge complaint resolved

desmoinesregister.com — A federal complaint alleging Gov. Terry Branstad's administration unethically influenced administrative law judges has been resolved, records obtained Friday by The Des Moines Register show. The controversy began more than a year ago following a complaint to the U.S. Department of Labor filed by Sen.
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Oct 08, 2015

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Oct 08, 2015

“Wow, I think that seems like an odd way of doing business" #Iowa Medicaid savings under question dmreg.co/1RuuHa8 via @DMRegister

Oct 07, 2015

RT @IPRTalk: Did you go to a consolidated school? We're talking about #iowa's shuttered today #TalkofIowa. Tweet us @IPRTalk @JasonClayworth

Oct 07, 2015

RT @CharityNebbe: Rural school consolidation today on #talkofiowa with the makers of the documentary Lost Schools. @JasonClayworth @iprtalk

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