DES MOINES | Iowa's public records law lists 67 exemptions when records may be withheld. The investigative file exemption has historically been viewed to be applicable to ongoing cases and specifically to the report itself, not public records that were gathered as part of the investigation.
Monica Speaks wants answers about her father's death 30 years ago. But like dozens of other Iowans this year, she was shut down by the Iowa Department of Public Safety. The reason is a controversial and relatively recent interpretation of a 45-year-old Iowa law in which the department claims any document created or collected as part of an investigation can be considered confidential forever.
The former director of Iowa State University's Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation improperly diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars to himself or his personal business, according to a special audit released Tuesday. The law center was created in 2006 by the Iowa Board of Regents to provide information and education to agribusiness about legal and taxation matters.
A: A legal act that allows law enforcement authorities to seize cash or property they believe has a substantial connection to criminal conduct. CONTEXT: The intent of the law is to help destroy the financial base necessary for ongoing illegal activities, particularly large drug rings.
Iowa law enforcement agencies confiscate cash, vehicles and real estate from at least 1,000 people each year as part of a state program in which no proof of crime is required before the government lays claim to personal belongings.
Some Iowa news organizations have been warned by state or local officials that they face criminal prosecution if they publish information obtained from vital records, which is generally information about births, deaths, marriages and divorces. The threat has created a public records battle and allegations that government is violating state law as well as Constitutional rights.
A Floyd County prosecutor said Thursday she has asked a judge to review the suspended 10-year prison sentence handed down to a teacher convicted of sexually abusing a student, one of at least seven such cases detailed in a recent Des Moines Register investigation.
Iowa will pay a state employee $125,000 to settle allegations of racial discrimination under an agreement approved Tuesday by the state's appeal board. Violet LeFlore, an adviser at Iowa Workforce Development, is one of 32 people who filed a lawsuit against the state following a 2006 Des Moines Register investigation.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
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World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Use parentheses to separate multiple
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A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".