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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.

State-run home cited for another death and a major COVID-19 outbreak

By: - August 26, 2022

For second time this year, the state-run Glenwood Resource Center for individuals with disabilities is facing fines related to the death of a resident. The western Iowa care facility, which is run by the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, is also being cited for failing to implement basic infection-control protocols in the midst […]

Massage therapist accused of sex-related rule violations

By: - August 25, 2022

A central Iowa massage therapist is facing possible licensing-board sanctions for unspecified misconduct of a sexual nature. The Iowa Board of Massage Therapy has charged therapist Hugh Parker of Nevada with improper sexual contact with, or making suggestive, lewd, lascivious or improper remarks or advances to either a client or a coworker. The specific nature […]

State agency slashes fine against convicted puppy-mill operator

By: - August 25, 2022

In an effort to “conserve staff time and resources,” Iowa regulators have slashed the penalty imposed on one of the state’s most notorious puppy mill operators. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has cut the fine it imposed last October against former dog breeder Daniel Gingerich, reducing it from $40,000 to $10,000. “This […]

School district agrees to $195,000 settlement over alleged assault, threats

By: - August 25, 2022

The Cedar Falls Community School District and its insurer have agreed to pay $195,000 to settle a lawsuit involving a student accused of sexually assaulting and then threatening to kill a classmate. A Cedar Falls couple sued the district in 2020, alleging that it had failed to adequately protect their fifth-grade son during a series […]

Board: Therapist used high school student to sell drugs to ‘half the school’

By: - August 24, 2022

A former therapist has been sanctioned by the state for allegedly using a minor to sell illegal drugs in a central Iowa high school. According to state records, Joni Hunley, 50, of Des Moines, worked for Woodward Community Based Services, a counseling service owned by the company Sequel Care since 2017. While working for WCBS, […]

Settlement proposed on millions that Iowa nursing home chain owes taxpayers

By: - August 23, 2022

An Iowa nursing home chain that’s mired in bankruptcy proceedings is edging closer to a settlement agreement on millions of dollars owed to the federal government. QHC Facilities, an Iowa company that filed for bankruptcy late last year, has in recent years operated eight Iowa nursing homes and two assisted living facilities. One of the […]

Judge and hearing officer sue state education agency, claiming discrimination

By: - August 22, 2022

A hearing officer and a former administrative law judge are each suing the Iowa Department of Education for alleged employment discrimination. Randy Reiter, who was hired by the Department of Education 46 years ago at age 22, is suing the department in Polk County District Court, alleging age discrimination and gender-based pay discrimination. State records […]

Iowa nursing home chain still owes $6 million to taxpayers

By: - August 19, 2022

A bankrupt Iowa nursing home chain with a history of abuse-and-neglect violations owes taxpayers $6 million in unpaid fines and fees. QHC Facilities, which owns eight nursing homes and two assisted living facilities in Iowa, has been cited for at least 184 regulatory violations in the past 20 months while neglecting to pay fines for […]

Chiropractor accused of sexually abusing children sentenced to 20 years

By: - August 18, 2022

An Iowa chiropractor has begun serving a 20-year prison sentence for sexually abusing minors who were his patients. Joshua Blake Hanisch of Ankeny, a chiropractor who practiced in Des Moines, was arrested in the spring of 2020 and was charged with multiple sex offenses. Shortly thereafter, the Iowa Board of Chiropractic issued an emergency order […]

Nonprofit raises concerns that Iowa regulators are facilitating ‘puppy laundering’

By: - August 18, 2022

An Iowa state agency is charging a nonprofit group $225 to offset the expense of searching for puppy-mill records the agency now admits it doesn’t maintain. The nonprofit group that has been invoiced for that expense objects to paying the state to look for nonexistent records. But the group says its bigger concern is that […]

Iowa firefighter says his Panda Express meal contained shards of glass

By: - August 16, 2022

A Dallas County man is suing Panda Express, alleging he ingested shards of broken glass in his meal. Randy Hartley, a 51-year-old Des Moines firefighter, is suing the California-based restaurant chain in U.S. District Court, alleging negligence. Hartley alleges that on Jan. 27 of this year, he visited the Panda Express at 1580 Valley West […]

Newton care facility is cited for drug errors, COVID-19 violations, lack of staff

By: - August 15, 2022

A central Iowa nursing home has been cited for a wide range of problems, including medication errors, COVID-19 violations, insufficient staffing and food that had been expired for three years or more. The Newton Health Care Center in Jasper County was inspected by state officials in June as part of a routine, annual recertification process. […]