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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.

Disciplinary records on Iowa nurses now harder to access

By: - May 20, 2022

Last October, the Iowa Board of Nursing approved set of disciplinary charges against an Iowa-licensed nurse, Allison Krawza. But today, seven months after the board approved those charges, four months after a hearing on the matter, and three months after a final order was signed in the case, the board has yet to publish even […]

Mired in bankruptcy and fines, Winterset care facility is fined another $85,000

By: - May 19, 2022

An Iowa nursing home that’s mired in bankruptcy and been hit with almost $40,000 in fines this year is now facing an additional $85,225 in fines for poor quality care. Last December, the QHC Facilities chain that operates the QHC Winterset-North nursing home, along with nine other skilled-nursing facilities or assisted-living centers in Iowa, filed […]

Reynolds campaign collects an additional $1.2 million in contributions

By: - May 19, 2022

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds raised more than $1.2 million in campaign contributions during 2022, bringing her total campaign fundraising to just over $6 million. The fundraising is detailed in the latest public-disclosure reports the Reynolds campaign filed on Thursday with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board. The reports show that the GOP governor’s campaign […]

Federal law mandates Iowans’ firing, while state law provides jobless benefits

By: - May 18, 2022

Two Iowa health care workers fired for violating a federal law requiring them to be vaccinated against COVID-19 have been awarded jobless benefits due to a state law that ensures such workers can still collect unemployment. In one case, a judge noted that while the worker could have kept her job by simply claiming a […]

Human-trafficking lawsuit against Iowa college survives legal challenge

By: - May 17, 2022

A human-trafficking lawsuit brought by 14 international students from Chile against Western Iowa Tech Community College has survived a round of legal challenges and is proceeding in federal court. The school and other defendants are accused of working in concert to entice impoverished students to leave their home in Chile and come to Iowa, where […]

Lawsuit: Swift Pork endangered workers with free steak lunch during pandemic

By: - May 16, 2022

The family of an Iowa meatpacking plant worker who died from COVID-19 is suing the company for allegedly failing to protect employees who were “crammed” into a dining hall for a free steak lunch in appreciation of their attendance during the pandemic. Jose Andrade-Garcia, the lawsuit alleges, was a 21-year employee of the company and […]

17 Iowa dog breeders are ranked among the worst in the nation

By: - May 16, 2022

An Iowa dog breeder who admitted killing some of his unwanted dogs with stomach injections and then leaving them alone in their cages to die is among the Iowans listed in the Humane Society of the United States’ annual list of the nation’s 100 worst dog breeders. As in years past, Iowa has the second-highest […]

Nurse sues Iowa hospital, alleging patient deaths, manipulation of data

By: - May 13, 2022

A nurse who alleges she was fired from an Iowa hospital after reporting questionable patient deaths, fraudulent billing, and the manipulation of patient-outcome statistics is now suing the hospital for retaliation. Cynthia Tener is suing MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center, Mercy Health Services-Iowa Corp. and Trinity Health Corp. in federal court for alleged retaliation in violation […]

Pella attorney’s license suspended for malicious prosecution, lying to judge

By: - May 13, 2022

The Iowa Supreme Court has suspended the law license of a central Iowa lawyer who lied to police and to a judge and was criminally convicted of malicious prosecution. Last year, the Iowa Supreme Court’s Attorney Disciplinary Board filed a complaint against Andrew Aeilts, an attorney from Pella, alleging three counts of professional misconduct. Specifically, […]

Dozens of models claim Iowa strip clubs stole their ‘attention-generating qualities’

By: - May 13, 2022

Dozens of professional models are suing nine Iowa strip clubs for the alleged unauthorized use of images of their faces and bodies in online advertisements. All of the plaintiffs are represented by the BMK Law Firm of Pella and the Aronowitz Law Firm of Royal Oak, Mich. The two firms have filed federal lawsuits against […]

Hotel owner cited for lack of license, code violations at two Iowa properties

By: - May 12, 2022

An out-of-state real estate investor who purchased two Iowa hotels last year failed to secure a license and has operated the establishments as apartment buildings in violation of state regulations, according to state inspectors. County records indicate Harvest Estates, a corporation based in Tupelo, Mississippi, purchased a New Hampton hotel in September of last year […]

Hospital administrator who violated COVID restrictions loses bid for jobless benefits

By: - May 11, 2022

A western Iowa hospital administrator who refused the COVID vaccine, refused to be screened for the virus, and refused to wear a mask is not entitled to collect jobless benefits after being fired, an Iowa judge has ruled. State records show Joshua Braunschweig was employed by Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake as […]