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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.

Supreme Court hears arguments in wrongful-firing case against Reynolds

By: - November 16, 2022

Lawyers for the state told the Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday that it should reverse a lower court’s refusal to dismiss an alleged whistleblower’s wrongful-termination lawsuit against the governor. The lawsuit involves Polly Carver-Kimm, the former spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Public Health. Carver-Kimm was fired in 2020, and subsequently filed a lawsuit against […]

Iowa care facility cited for second death in 15 months

By: - November 16, 2022

A central Iowa care facility that was cited for contributing to the death of a resident last year was cited this week for a second death. Northridge Village of Ames was cited this week for a death in September that stemmed from a resident’s untreated urinary tract infection. Last year, the home was cited for […]

County’s efforts to regulate pipeline are challenged in court

By: - November 15, 2022

Summit Carbon Solutions, which hopes to build a pipeline to transport carbon dioxide across Iowa, is suing Story County to block efforts to regulate the pipeline’s construction and location. Summit filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court for Southern District of Iowa against the Story County Board of Supervisors. The company is alleging the […]

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Nursing home worker fired after talking to state investigator

By: - November 15, 2022

A caregiver at a central Iowa nursing home was fired earlier this year after speaking to a state investigator looking into conditions at the home, according to state records. Brandy Johnson, a certified nurse aide, worked at the Aspire of Perry nursing home for three years until August, when she was fired. According to state […]

Former deputy director of state agency claims retaliation, civil rights violations

By: - November 14, 2022

The Iowa Department of Education’s former deputy director says she resigned after facing retaliation for complaining to the governor’s staff about civil rights violations within the agency. State records indicate that before she resigned in February, Amy Williamson had worked for the Iowa Department of Education since May 2007, first as a data analyst for […]

Nursing home worker fired after helping resident call 911 for ambulance

By: - November 14, 2022

An Iowa nursing home worker who was fired after telling a resident to call 911 in order to get to the hospital is not entitled to unemployment benefits, a judge has ruled. According to state records, Kandus Jellison worked as a nurse aide for Oakwood Specialty Care in Albia when she was fired in June […]

Assisted-living worker charged with murder will stand trial in March

By: - November 11, 2022

An Iowa caregiver charged with murder in the death of an elderly assisted living resident is now expected to stand trial in March. Catherine Forkpa, 31, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 77-year-old Lynne Stewart at the Courtyard Estates at Hawthorne Crossing, an assisted living center in Bondurant. The charge carries a […]

Cedar Rapids care facility cited for untrained workers, resident abuse

By: - November 11, 2022

A Cedar Rapids nursing home previously fined for the financial exploitation of a resident has now been cited for using untrained caregivers. State inspectors say the abuse involved a worker at Heritage Specialty Care who allegedly took $1,625 from a resident with a spinal cord injury. The worker then taunted the man, sending him text […]

Cosmetology school and individual Iowa professionals face sanctions

By: - November 10, 2022

State licensing boards are pursuing action against an Iowa cosmetology school accused of professional incompetence and negligence, as well as individuals accused of ethical violations or fraud. In one of the cases, the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science has permanently barred Rhonda Lettington of Decorah from working as a mental health counselor, accusing her of […]

Iowa will not receive $30 million in federal aid for child care

By: - November 9, 2022

The state of Iowa is losing $30 million in federal money that would have helped families access basic child care services. The governor’s office says the loss of that money is the result of a deliberate decision to avoid having to commit $3 million in matching state funds toward child care. But a Democratic state […]

Hinson wins another term in U.S. House

By: - November 9, 2022

Republican U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson won a second term in Congress Tuesday, beating her Democratic challenger, State Sen. Liz Mathis. Hinson led the race with 57% of the vote when the Associated Press declared her the winner in the race to represent Iowa’s 2nd District. At the time, 75% of the vote had been counted. […]

Miller-Meeks wins a second term in the U.S. House

By: - November 8, 2022

U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks won a second term in office Tuesday, the Associated Press projected, beating Democratic challenger Christina Bohannan in the race to represent the people of Iowa’s U.S. House District 1. Miller-Meeks, a Republican who won her first term in office two years ago by the narrowest of margins, had 53.4% of the […]