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Investigative Reporter — Des Moines Register

Investigative reporter at The Des Moines Register

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.)

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.

Iowa school dismisses classes forever

desmoinesregister.com — The final class of the Corwith-Wesley School District has dismissed. The school, the focus of a yearlong Des Moines Register documentary, is the 4,315th Iowa public school district to shutter since 1950. Emotions on Friday were high among both students and staff.

Corwith-Wesley says farewell, old friend

desmoinesregister.com — Hundreds of people gathered here earlier this week to say their final goodbyes to a school district that on Friday will hold its last class. And depending on what happens in the next two weeks, even the nearly 100-year-old building itself could face the wrecking ball.

Last hurrah: Corwith-Wesley students celebrate final graduation

desmoinesregister.com — Esden Carroll and his 12 peers did last week what nobody else will ever do again: They graduated from Corwith-Wesley-Lu Verne High School. The Corwith-Wesley district - like 4,314 Iowa school districts since 1950 - is closing for good. The last bell for its undergraduates is 12:30 p.m.

Lost Schools: A photo that launched a revolution

desmoinesregister.com — The iconic photo of Amish children fleeing into Iowa cornfields to escape school and law enforcement officers there to enforce compulsory public education laws turns 50 this fall. The image taken by Des Moines Register photographer Thomas DeFeo was picked up in Life magazine and other publications and historians credit it with rallying a national public outcry.

Could high-speed Internet save Iowa’s schools?

desmoinesregister.com — Administrators of a rural school in far northern Iowa believe technology can temper the pain rising from Iowa's lost schools crisis. And they took their message to the Capitol this month. "Everyone is mourning the loss of their schools when, instead, we should focus on the future of education and how to revolutionize education," said John Carver, superintendent of Howard-Winneshiek schools.
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Jun 17, 2015

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

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