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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.

Court tosses out breath test, but upholds Iowa woman’s OWI conviction

By: - September 6, 2021

After finding that blood-alcohol tests shouldn’t have been admitted in the drunken-driving trial of an Oskaloosa woman, the Iowa Court of Appeals upheld the woman’s conviction based in part on incriminating statements she made before being advised of her rights. According to court records, Dawn Loryne Chambers’ car was found in a Mahaska County ditch […]

Court upholds Iowa man’s conviction for killing his grandmother with a bayonet

By: - September 3, 2021

The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a Muscatine man who killed his grandmother with a bayonet. According to police and prosecutors, 19-year-old Darian Lensgraf entered the Muscatine home of his grandmother, Diana Lensgraf, early on the morning of Dec. 12, 2018, her 66th birthday. Darian stabbed his grandmother multiple […]

14 Iowa nursing homes now in outbreak status, state says

By: - September 3, 2021

There are at least 14 Iowa nursing homes with COVID-19 outbreaks this week, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the total number of infections associated with those outbreaks stands at 98. Just three weeks ago, there were only two Iowa nursing homes in outbreak status. Although state officials do not provide separate […]

Vaccine clinics planned for Iowans with disabilities

By: - September 2, 2021

Disability Rights Iowa is staging two vaccine clinics geared specifically to people with disabilities. People with disabilities face higher risks related to COVID-19 than the general population. A study published in March by researchers at Thomas Jefferson University looked at more than 64 million patients and found that having an intellectual disability was the single […]

Convicted domestic abuser loses one appeal, wins another

By: - September 2, 2021

The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld the domestic-abuse conviction of a Polk County man, despite the fact that his accuser failed to appear at trial. The court, however, sided with the defendant in tossing out his conviction for suborning perjury. In June 2019, Gary Charles Wood of Polk County was arrested and charged with […]

Company takes state to court over arcade-style game

By: - September 1, 2021

At what point does an arcade game become a gambling device that is subject to state regulation? That’s the question raised in a new lawsuit brought by the Trestle Corp. against the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. The company wants a judge to review and reverse a departmental finding that its arcade-style “Game of […]

State waives training requirements for nursing home staff

By: - September 1, 2021

The state of Iowa has agreed to temporarily waive training requirements for nurse aides who deliver much of the hands-on care in nursing homes. The waivers were issued by the director of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals two weeks ago in response to a request from industry lobbyists. They will be in effect […]

Former Marshalltown doctor faces new medical-board charges

By: - August 31, 2021

The Iowa Board of Medicine is accusing a former Marshalltown physician of violating a board order. The board says Dr. Richard L. Dowell, a 55-year-old Iowa licensed physician who now practices obstetrics and gynecology in Kansas City, Mo., “violated a lawful order of the board” and that a disciplinary hearing shall be scheduled in the […]

‘No idea what I was doing:’ Altoona home added to federal list of worst nursing homes

By: - August 31, 2021

An Iowa nursing home where workers weren’t trained in CPR and where a nurse allegedly refused to perform CPR on a resident who later died has been added to the list of the nation’s worst nursing homes. The Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was cited for 12 regulatory violations in June and was found to […]

Grassley raises questions about VA oversight of veterans’ homes

By: - August 30, 2021

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to answer questions about its oversight of nursing homes for veterans. Care facilities for veterans are federally supported, but are owned and managed by the states, with inspections and oversight handled by the states and by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. […]

Iowa hospitalizations due to COVID-19 up 32% in two weeks

By: - August 30, 2021

The spread of COVID-19 continues to accelerate in Iowa, with more than 2,600 new cases recorded on Saturday. Hospitalizations are also on the rise, increasing by 32% over the past 14 days, according to the New York Times. Only seven other states saw a bigger percentage increase in hospitalizations over the past week, according to […]

Facing charges of incompetence, Iowa doctor gives up license

By: - August 30, 2021

An eastern Iowa physician who has faced disciplinary charges on five occasions and has been hit with an $18 million malpractice verdict has surrendered her license. Dr. Lynette Iles, a 57-year-old physician from Washington County who has practiced family medicine in Iowa for decades, agreed to surrender her license earlier this month after the Iowa […]