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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.

Iowa infections top 50,000 as questions persist over the state’s COVID-19 data

By: - August 13, 2020

As new questions were raised over the reliability of the state’s COVID-19 data, the number of Iowans infected with the virus topped 50,000. On Wednesday, another 452 Iowans were reported to be infected with coronavirus, and seven additional Iowans were reported as having died of the virus. In the past seven days, the number of […]

Unemployment claims and benefits continue to drop in Iowa

By: - August 13, 2020

The number of newly filed claims for unemployment benefits dropped again in Iowa last week, from 6,765 to 5,282. Both numbers reflect the totals prior to adjustments made by the U.S. Department of Labor. The previous week’s adjusted total of new claims is 6,317. The number of ongoing, weekly unemployment claims for the week ending […]

COVID-19 infections in Iowa nursing homes are up 66% in three weeks

By: - August 12, 2020

The number of COVID-19 infections associated with active Iowa nursing home outbreaks has increased 66% in the past three weeks, newly released state data shows. The infections tied to active outbreaks increased from 502 on July 22 to 835 on Wednesday. During that same time period, the number of Iowa nursing homes with active outbreaks […]

Infections grow at a state-run school while districts struggle with Reynolds’ mandate

By: - August 11, 2020

As Iowa school districts struggle to meet state demands for in-person classroom instruction, the state-run school in Eldora is continuing to see a spread of COVID-19. At the Boys State Training School in Eldora, where students attend classes and reside on campus in cottages, the number of students and workers who have tested positive for […]

Disaster assistance made available as Iowans brace for ‘several days’ without power

By: - August 11, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for 13 Iowa counties on Tuesday in response to a severe storm that blew through Iowa on Monday causing widespread damage. The storm left more than half a million Iowa household without power Monday, and by Tuesday morning there still were 450,000 households without power. “The severity of the […]

Paul Pate’s personal absentee ballot requests marked by errors

By: - August 7, 2020

Under a controversial and contested new state law, county election officials are barred from using internal data to correct mistakes on absentee-ballot request forms. Backers say the new law will help thwart election fraud, while opponents say it will make it harder for people to vote if they have made obvious, honest errors in filling […]

Nursing home outbreaks and infections continue to rise in Iowa

By: - August 6, 2020

Another 605 Iowans were reported to be infected with coronavirus on Wednesday, and 12 Iowans were reported as having died of the virus. The number of nursing home outbreaks rose this week from 22 to 25, with 92 additional nursing home infections reported since Monday. As of Thursday afternoon, there have been at least 47,141 […]

Unemployment claims continue downward trend in Iowa

By: - August 6, 2020

The number of newly filed claims for unemployment benefits dropped again in Iowa last week, from 7,441 to 6,765. Both numbers reflect the totals prior to adjustments made by the U.S. Department of Labor. The previous week’s adjusted total of new claims is 6,970. The number of ongoing, weekly unemployment claims for the week ending […]

Unnamed doctor may pose a ‘significant danger to the public’

By: - August 6, 2020

An Iowa physician accused of sexual misconduct with a 19-year-old patient is allegedly putting the public at risk by continuing to practice while refusing to undergo a state-ordered psychosexual evaluation. The doctor’s refusal to undergo the assessment has stalled for several months the Iowa Board of Medicine’s investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against the […]

Grassley voices support for mail-in balloting and additional nursing home funding

By: - August 4, 2020

U.S. Sen Chuck Grassley said Tuesday Iowans who choose to mail in their ballots for the November election need not worry about fraud. In a teleconference conversation with AARP of Iowa members, Grassley expressed his continuing support for states like Iowa that encourage voters to cast their ballots by mail. During the call, and in […]

Faith leaders ask Reynolds to require face masks for Iowans

By: - August 3, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds is facing additional pressure to issue an order that would require Iowans to wear face masks in public when they’re not social distancing. Reynolds has repeatedly said she “trusts” Iowans to do the right thing and wear a mask when appropriate to inhibit the spread of COVID-19, and has resisted calls for […]

430 more Iowans infected with COVID-19, with hospitalizations inching upward

By: - August 3, 2020

Another 430 Iowans were reported to be infected with coronavirus on Sunday, and four Iowans were reported as having died of the virus. As of Monday morning, there have been at least 45,781 cases and 878 deaths in Iowa since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a New York Times database. Over the past […]