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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.

Bill would end licensing-board penalties for controversial COVID-19 treatments

By: - January 25, 2022

An Iowa senator is backing legislation that seeks to prohibit state licensing officials from disciplining physicians who prescribe ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of COVID-19. The bill, Senate File 2031, was introduced by Sen. Jim Carlin, an attorney and a Republican from Sioux City. Carlin said he introduced the bill after hearing that doctors […]

Appeals court rules that some Iowa schools can impose mask mandates

By: - January 25, 2022

Some Iowa schools can require face masks to comply with federal protections for students with disabilities, according to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. However, not all schools can justify a mask mandate for all students, the appellate court said. The ruling softens a prohibition on enforcement of a 2021 Iowa law that forbid school districts […]

Iowa doctor goes national and stages hospital ‘jailbreaks’ for COVID-19 patients

By: - January 24, 2022

An Iowa-licensed physician who has questioned the use of vaccines and face masks in fighting COVID-19 says that each day she treats up to 40 patients from around the country and is staging “jailbreaks” that involve pulling patients out of hospitals against the medical advice of other doctors. Dr. Mollie James, who operates a clinic […]

Reynolds asserts attorney-client privilege in keeping records confidential

By: - January 24, 2022

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is asserting attorney-client privilege in keeping confidential records associated with an auction that she participated in to benefit a private, Christian school. The records, requested by the Iowa Capital Dispatch in April 2021, pertain to an auction that was staged last year to benefit Des Moines Christian School. One of the […]

COVID-19 infections in Iowa care facilities are up 117% in one week

By: - January 21, 2022

The number of COVID-19 infections in Iowa nursing homes more than doubled last week and now stands at 821. The Iowa Department of Public Health said this week that as of Jan. 18, there were 63 Iowa nursing homes – about 15% of all skilled nursing facilities in the state – that were in outbreak […]

Marion nursing home cited in wake of death, abuse and short-staffing allegations

By: - January 20, 2022

A Linn County nursing home has been cited for more than two dozen health care violations and is accused of being so short-staffed the residents have not received food or medicine as scheduled. One resident of the Silver Oak Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Marion allegedly died at the home after a fall last Thanksgiving. […]

Five Iowa dog breeders were issued formal warnings in 2021

By: - January 19, 2022

Five Iowa dog breeders were issued formal warnings for regulatory violations last year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The warnings typically carry no fines, penalties or licensing restrictions, but serve as an indication that a business is at risk of being penalized if additional regulatory violations are found in the future. One of the […]

Court: Waterloo landlord discriminated against tenant with service dog

By: - January 18, 2022

The Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled that a Waterloo landlord discriminated against a disabled tenant based on her need for a service animal. The case involves Vincent Kobliska, who owns several apartment buildings in in Waterloo. Court records indicate Kobliska specializes in “high-efficiency sleeping rooms” – a form of high-density housing in which individual […]

Board sanctions two nurses for issues related to alcohol use

By: - January 18, 2022

The Iowa Board of Nursing board has indefinitely suspended the license of a nurse accused of failing to comply with board orders related to her use of alcohol. In February of last year, Kari Riordan of Mason City agreed to have her nursing license placed on probation and agreed to refrain from using alcohol. The […]

State sued over ‘useless, onerous’ licensing requirements for threaders

By: - January 17, 2022

A Texas company has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the state of Iowa for requiring that hair-threading professionals undergo 600 hours of “useless” training to become licensed. Arsah Enterprise Inc., which does business in Iowa as The Perfect Brow Bar, operates a threading salon at Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines. The company […]

City-owned utilities fight new rules on late fees and rate-increase notices

By: - January 17, 2022

An association of city-owned utilities is suing the Iowa Utilities Board over new rules that ban certain late fees and require them to give customers advance notice of rate increases. The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, which represents 751 water, gas, electric and telecommunications utilities, is seeking judicial review of new rules approved by the […]

Another ‘Dr. John Doe’ sues licensing board while remaining anonymous

By: - January 17, 2022

Another Iowa physician is suing a state licensing board while identifying himself in court only as John Doe. It is the latest in a string of lawsuits filed by Iowa physicians who, without publicly identifying themselves, want the state-funded court system to address their grievances against the Iowa Board of Medicine, a public agency. In […]