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Investigative Reporter — Des Moines Register

Investigative reporter at The Des Moines Register

State board bans unfavorable Branstad pins

desmoinesregister.com — Pins worn by state prison employees that reflect unfavorably on Iowa's governor were again banned under a ruling made public late this afternoon. The primary reason: public safety. Two of the three members of the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board - a group appointed by Branstad - sided with the state in its argument that the pins represent "special circumstances" that interfere with Iowa prison decorum.

Potential NCAA violations cited for UI field hockey

hawkcentral.com — An investigation into the University of Iowa's field hockey program that led to the firing of coach Tracey Griesbaum cited potential NCAA rules violations and raised questions about the relationship between Griesbaum and Iowa's senior women's athletics administrator. Possible NCAA infractions are mentioned in an internal report, dated Aug.

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Audit: West Liberty overcharged electric customers $259k

desmoinesregister.com — The city of West Liberty overcharged residents at least $259,232 in electric bills in less than a year's time, an audit released this morning shows. The audit was requested by city officials last year following the termination of Maribel Pearson, an administrative secretary who had worked for the city for 15 years.

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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.

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