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Clark Kauffman

Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.

Lawsuit: Clovis repeatedly texted doctor before losing use of his legs

By: - September 29, 2022

In the weeks before he permanently lost the use of his legs, former Iowa candidate for the U.S. Senate Sam Clovis allegedly texted his physician and questioned his course of treatment. “I’m not a doctor but this smacks of nerve damage,” Clovis reportedly texted the doctor, assessing his predicament four weeks before physicians reached that […]

Iowa nurses sanctioned for stolen drugs, social-media posts, falsified records

By: - September 27, 2022

The state of Iowa has suspended the license of a nurse who allegedly stole medication from elderly nursing home residents. State records indicate that in August 2019, a Fort Dodge man was mowing his yard when he found a purse that had been tossed into the bushes alongside his property. When he and his wife […]

Judge says Iowa’s third ag-gag law is unconstitutional, like previous versions

By: - September 26, 2022

For the third time in five years, a judge has struck down the Iowa Legislature’s efforts to criminalize the use of cameras in agriculture facilities and other businesses. “The United States Constitution does not allow such a singling out of the exercise of a constitutional right,” U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose ruled on Monday. She […]

Murder charge in assisted-living case sparks questions from advocates

By: - September 26, 2022

Advocates for Iowa seniors and caregivers are questioning a prosecutor’s decision to charge an assisted-living worker with murder in the death of an elderly resident. Catherine Forkpa, 31, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 77-year-old Lynne Stewart at the Courtyard Estates at Hawthorne Crossing, an assisted living center in Bondurant. The charge […]

Two Iowa care-facility residents freeze to death; one worker faces a murder charge

By: - September 23, 2022

Two Iowa caregivers accused of failing to protect elderly Iowans who froze to death on their watch are now facing very different consequences. One of the workers has been criminally charged with second-degree murder and faces up to 50 years of imprisonment if convicted, while the other is facing no criminal charges and has been […]

After buying fraudulent diploma, Iowa man worked for years as a nurse

By: - September 22, 2022

A central Iowa man worked as a state-licensed nurse for four years after purchasing a fraudulent nursing degree from an alleged diploma mill, according to state regulators. In January 2018, Enome Massango of West Des Moines filed an application with the Iowa Board of Nursing, seeking a license as an LPN, or licensed practical nurse. […]

Bank tells judge that Iowa nursing home residents are in a ‘precarious position’

By: - September 21, 2022

A central Iowa bank has told a federal judge that the proposed new owner of an Iowa nursing home chain has left the elderly residents of those facilities in a “precarious position.” Lincoln Savings Bank of Clive is asking the judge for the authority to subpoena records tied to the planned sale of Iowa’s QHC […]

Fired worker claims state employees shopped online, watched videos at desks

By: - September 21, 2022

A former state employee says she was unfairly fired by the Iowa Department of Correctional Services, where workers routinely shopped, watched videos and livestreamed sporting events at their desks. The fired worker also alleges a supervisor pressured her employees to use their state computers to shop the supervisor’s online boutique during the workday. Kristen Johnson […]

Iowa man fined for harassing TV weatherman over climate change

By: - September 20, 2022

An Iowa man has been fined $150 for sending a string of harassing emails to a television meteorologist concerning climate change. Police and court records indicate that on June 21, Danny H. Hancock, 63, of Lenox, began sending emails to Chris Gloninger, the chief meteorologist for KCCI, Channel 8 News, in Des Moines. At 5:35 […]

Two Mason City doctors sue feds over eight-year wait for green card

By: - September 20, 2022

Two Mason City physicians and their daughter are suing the federal government over an eight-year wait for their green card. Dr. Pranav Singh, his wife, Dr. Harpreet Kaur, and their daughter, Ishnoor Kaur, are suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the U.S. District Court for the Northern […]

Iowa consumer challenges Beyond Meat’s protein claims in federal court

By: - September 19, 2022

An Iowa woman is among three consumers suing the makers of Beyond Meat for what they allege are false claims about the protein content of the meat substitute. It’s the third such lawsuit filed against the company in recent months. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, seeks […]

Feds take home-care company to court over unpaid employee wages

By: - September 17, 2022

One of western Iowa’s in-home health care providers, accused of failing to pay its workers overtime wages, has agreed to a settlement with federal labor officials. The U.S. Department of Labor has taken Embrace Iowa to court so that the settlement has the effect of an enforceable court order. The deal calls for the company […]