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Jason Clayworth

Des Moines, Iowa
Investigative Reporter — Des Moines Register

Investigative reporter at The Des Moines Register

Every long-term facility in Iowa turns away severely ill patient

desmoinesregister.com — No nursing home or hospice facility in Iowa has been willing to accept Randy Sedrel as a patient. His family says the 60-year-old Oskaloosa man, who has a rare neurological disease, was a gentle and caring man before his diagnosis five years ago.

Iowa ends public bid secrecy

desmoinesregister.com — Iowa has ended a process that allowed private businesses instead of government record custodians to decide what documents should be kept confidential as part of the state's public bid process. Now companies must request confidentiality and cite provisions in the law to justify the redactions, a method similar to a process used by surrounding states.

Iowa pays $950,000 to family of 81-year-old stroke victim

desmoinesregister.com — IOWA CITY, Ia. - The family of an 81-year-old man who died following a stroke will be paid $950,000 as part of a settlement with the state.

Iowa will recheck fired forensic scientist’s work

desmoinesregister.com — The work of a forensic scientist for the state of Iowa fired this week after expressing her fears about black people on social media will be independently reviewed by another criminalist, state officials said Friday. Iowa Department of Public Safety spokesman Alex Murphy said such reviews are a common practice after the departure of any forensic scientist.

Iowa employee fired for 'offensive' Facebook posts

desmoinesregister.com — The employment of a longtime criminalist for the Iowa Department of Public Safety was terminated after she posted her personal fears about black people on social media.

Branstad appoints nonjournalist to information board

desmoinesregister.com — A Clive resident who has never worked as a journalist was recently appointed to one of three seats on the Iowa Public Information Board intended to be filled by media representatives. The board was created by the Legislature and began its work in 2013 to enforce Iowa's open meetings and public records laws.

Prairie Meadows sale? Some see windfall; others risk

desmoinesregister.com — Prairie Meadows' ongoing battle with the IRS has reignited discussions about whether Polk County taxpayers should exit the casino business. On one side are government watchdogs or financial experts who say it's possible that profits from a sale, at a price that some estimates suggest might approach $1 billion, could be reinvested in ways that continue to bring substantial financial benefit to taxpayers.

Nonprofits better off without Prairie Meadows?

desmoinesregister.com — State law mandates that Iowa casino operators allocate at least 3 percent of adjusted gross gaming revenues to local charitable groups. So, would local charities take a hit if Prairie Meadows were operated by a for-profit group? That answer: Maybe.

Climbing wall, bus lawsuits against UI settled

desmoinesregister.com — Two lawsuits against the University of Iowa were settled Tuesday in $125,000 settlement agreements. The first involved a man injured while using a climbing wall at the university. Spencer Bean, a former student, alleged the school failed to properly supervise or monitor the wall, causing him to fall off the nearly 53-foot wall in November 2012.

How far will Iowa doctors wade into 'death with dignity' debate?

desmoinesregister.com — Iowa's most influential medical groups stand at an ethical crossroads, quietly forming committees to review whether they will endorse doctor assistance for terminally ill patients who want to end their own life. "These endorsements matter, and the formation of these committees says there's movement on the issue," said Drake University political science professor Arthur Sanders.
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Aug 10, 2016

“One of the reasons for open bidding is to avoid public corruption or influence" Iowa ends public bid secrecy  http://dmreg.co/2bdwDbs 

Aug 09, 2016

RT @DMRegister: Companies seeking state contracts must now justify confidentiality under state law  http://dmreg.co/2aK9xIk  via @JasonClayworth

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