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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.

Iowa woman sues her father over sexual abuse, but faces legal hurdles

By: - June 10, 2022

An Iowa woman who is suing her father for sexually abusing her as a child is facing legal challenges tied to the Iowa Legislature’s inaction on a bill that would have removed the statute of limitations in such cases. The woman, identified by her attorneys only as Jane Doe, is suing Joshua Lee Kniesly, her […]

Iowa board revokes nurse’s license for $5 million Medicare-fraud scheme

By: - June 10, 2022

The state of Iowa has revoked the license of a nurse convicted of conspiring to steal $5 million from the taxpayer-funded Medicare program. According to state records, Mark Hill, 55, who currently lives in Laurel, Mississippi, was first licensed to practice nursing in Iowa in July 2017. In September 2020, Hill was indicted in Montana […]

DM Water Works forced to use nitrate-removal system for first time since 2017

By: - June 9, 2022

Elevated nitrate concentrations in its water supply has forced the Des Moines Water Works to begin operating its nitrate-removal system for the first time in five years. Des Moines Water Works utilizes various filtration procedures to manage issues, including nitrates, with its source water in order to provide safe drinking water to 600,000 central Iowans. […]

Nurse admits stealing patient’s drugs, citing stress from COVID-19 deaths

By: - June 9, 2022

An Iowa nursing home worker who admitted stealing a resident’s painkillers says the stress of watching more than a dozen COVID-19 patients die alone contributed to her use of cocaine and other drugs. The Iowa Board of Nursing recently suspended the license of nurse Kelsey Baxter of Waterloo, in part for the theft of a […]

High-profile celebrity lawyer sanctioned by Iowa judge for ‘lack of candor’

By: - June 8, 2022

An Iowa judge has taken the unusual step of sanctioning and limiting the practice of a high-profile Illinois attorney for his alleged “lack of candor” with the court. U.S. District Court Judge C.J. Williams, who works out of the Cedar Rapids courthouse in the Northern District of Iowa, has filed a written opinion and order […]

State-run Glenwood Resource Center fined for resident death

By: - June 7, 2022

A 30-year-old resident of the state-run Glenwood Resource Center for individuals with disabilities died of acute dehydration after facility staff failed to monitor his fluid intake, state inspectors allege. The center, which has a long history of care issues and is scheduled to close in 2024, has been fined $10,000 by the Iowa Department of […]

Restaurant inspection update: Sewage, rodent carcasses, mold and filth

By: - June 6, 2022

State and county food inspectors have cited Iowa restaurants and grocery stores for hundreds of food-safety violations this past month, including moldy food, rodent infestations and food utensils “covered in filth.” At least three Iowa eateries were forced to close after inspectors discovered they lacked running water, were too filthy or didn’t have enough working […]

Resident-care issues scuttle sale of Iowa nursing homes to East Coast developer

By: - June 4, 2022

The planned sale of a troubled Iowa nursing home chain to an East Coast developer has been scuttled partly due to quality-of-care issues. QHC Facilities, which owns eight skilled-nursing facilities and two assisted-living centers in Iowa, filed for bankruptcy in late December. The previous owner of the company, Jerry Voyna, died last year. His wife, Nancy, took […]

Doctor accuses medical board of trying to ‘lynch’ him by alleging incompetence

By: - June 3, 2022

A western Iowa physician accused of causing the death of a patient and of posing a “high risk” to the public has told a judge the state licensing board is out to “lynch” him based on a “phony” competency evaluation. Attorneys for Dr. Andrew Obamwonyi of Storm Lake have taken the Iowa Board of Medicine […]

Iowa teacher faces allegations tied to Costa Rica trip and student he kissed in 2014

By: - June 3, 2022

An Iowa high school teacher accused of inappropriate conduct with students on a trip to Costa Rica is now fighting allegations that he kissed an 18-year-old student in 2014. Chad Wieland of Oxford has filed a court petition seeking judicial review of an April decision by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. He alleges that […]

Auditor: Iowa Safe Schools misspent at least $12,000 in crime-victim funds

By: - June 1, 2022

At least $12,000 in federal grant money for Iowa Safe Schools has been misspent, according to the state auditor. The Iowa Auditor of State’s Office issued a special-audit report Wednesday indicating the office had identified $12,202 in improper disbursements – involving $7,775 tied to altered invoices and $4,427 for improper payroll costs – by the […]

JBS Swift Pork faces wrongful-death claim that cites new congressional report

By: - June 1, 2022

The family of an Iowa meatpacking plant employee who died from COVID-19 is suing JBS Swift Pork, alleging the company and other industry leaders ignored years of warnings about the threat a pandemic might pose to their workers. The federal lawsuit is brought by the family of Luciano Sican-Soloman, a 23-year employee of the JBS […]