Investigative reporter at The Des Moines Register

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.

No agreement on whether personnel files should be made public

desmoinesregister.com — Whether Iowa's public records law should be amended to make public the reasons that government employees are fired sparked debate in a roundtable discussion Thursday at The Des Moines Register. Advocates like Gov. Terry Branstad say citizens have a right to learn of a government worker's wrongdoing as a matter of public safety.

Register editor posthumously given First Amendment honor

desmoinesregister.com — Randy Brubaker, a longtime editor of The Des Moines Register who died in May, will be remembered tonight as a "Friend of the First Amendment." The posthumous honor awarded by the Iowa Freedom of Information Council will be formally announced during the "Celebrating a Free Press and Open Government Banquet" in the Hall of Cities at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown.
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Oct 19, 2014

ACLU study: Taser policies inadequate at many Iowa police agencies dmreg.co/1tCpWDx via @DMRegister #ialegis

Oct 17, 2014

#LostSchools reader pic of the day: Frozen Hill School in Linn County. #http://bitly.com/1zaiD8y pic.twitter.com/jerydOAusZ

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