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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.

Former ISU professor alleges gender discrimination in pay

By: - January 16, 2022

A retired Iowa State University professor is suing the school for gender discrimination related to pay. Silvia R. Cianzio, a former professor in the Agronomy Department at ISU, claims in a newly filed lawsuit that for years she was paid less than her male colleagues at the school. The lawsuit, filed in Polk County District […]

COVID-19 infections in Iowa nursing homes double in two weeks

By: - January 15, 2022

The number of reported COVID-19 infections in Iowa nursing homes has doubled over the past two weeks, according to newly released data from state health officials. There were 41 outbreaks reported in Iowa care facilities last week, compared to 23 two weeks prior, and 16 outbreaks four weeks prior, the Iowa Department of Public Health […]

DHS: Emails potentially lost due to encryption snafu total 432,000

By: - January 14, 2022

The Iowa Department of Human Services says it lost as many as 432,000 emails that were encrypted and rendered unreadable after a change in software. As the Iowa Capital Dispatch reported last week, an attorney with the law office of Roxanne Conlin recently deposed an information technology worker for DHS in an effort to find […]

Iowa prison official was fired for disclosing inmate phone calls and emails

By: - January 8, 2022

An Iowa prison official who was fired for disclosing an inmate’s telephone calls and emails is entitled to collect unemployment benefits, a state judge has ruled. State records shows that David Hiedeman was employed by the Iowa Department of Corrections as a senior corrections officer from May 2007 until he was fired in August of […]

DHS can’t read thousands of its own emails, including those about child abuse

By: - January 7, 2022

Thousands of state records dealing with child abuse investigations and other matters have been rendered unreadable due to a change in computer software at the Iowa Department of Human Services. The records are emails that were encrypted to protect their confidentiality. When DHS changed computer software in 2018, it reportedly lost the ability to decrypt […]

Amid wrongful-death claims and unpaid fines, Iowa nursing home chain files for bankruptcy

By: - January 5, 2022

An Iowa nursing home chain repeatedly accused of providing substandard care for hundreds of seniors has filed for bankruptcy protection. QHC Facilities, based in Clive, operates eight skilled nursing facilities in Tama, Madison, Humboldt, Jackson, Linn, Webster and Polk counties, as well as two assisted living centers. Collectively, the facilities have a maximum capacity of more […]

Nonprofits battle for disability dollars, alleging theft, slander and espionage

By: - January 4, 2022

A long-simmering legal fight over the revenue tied to services for disabled Iowans has been settled out of court amid allegations of theft, slander and corporate espionage. The litigation sheds new light on the fierce competition for taxpayer dollars that can exist among nonprofit agencies set up to serve Iowans in need. It involves two […]

COVID-19 outbreaks in Iowa care facilities are up 50% in two weeks

By: - January 3, 2022

The number of COVID-19 outbreaks in Iowa nursing homes rose almost 50% over the past two weeks, according to newly released data from state health officials. There were 23 outbreaks in Iowa care facilities last week, compared to 16 two weeks ago, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported. The upward spike follows a more […]

‘Go Hawks!’ Funeral director licensing OK’d due to marching band experience

By: - January 3, 2022

An Iowan who initially didn’t appear to meet the educational requirements for a funeral director has been approved based in part on his participation in marching band. Andrew Merschman, who had been enrolled in Des Moines Area Community College’s mortuary science program, petitioned the Iowa Board of Mortuary Science recently for a waiver as to […]

Iowa nurse found unconscious while on duty in Florida hospital surrenders license

By: - January 2, 2022

An Iowa-licensed nurse has agreed to surrender her license after being found unconscious, with a suspected drug overdose, while working in a Florida hospital. According to the Iowa Board of Nursing, Jennifer Baeley of Center Point, provided the board with false information after the Tennessee Board of Nursing took action against her license in that […]

Struggling ambulance service faces fine while pleading for volunteers

By: - December 31, 2021

A struggling central Iowa ambulance service is facing a $600 fine after it failed to correct all of the regulatory violations uncovered by inspectors last summer. The Iowa Department of Public Health is proposing the Dayton Rescue Squad be issued the fine and a formal warning. According to the department, state officials performed an on-site […]

Restaurant inspection update: Complaints of mice, insects in kitchens and a Band-Aid in the food

By: - December 30, 2021

In the past four weeks, state and county food inspectors have cited Iowa restaurants and grocery stores for hundreds of food-safety violations, including spoiled celery, outdated ham, filthy kitchens with standing water on the floor, mouse droppings and insect-infested fruit. One restaurant patron complained of finding a Band-Aid in his meal. The findings are among […]