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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.

Governor extends school and business closings through April 30

By: - April 2, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday extended through April 30 the closing of schools and selected businesses, as well as the statewide ban on gatherings of more than 10 people. The governor’s order, made in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, also extends through April 30 the ban on all non-essential and elective medical and […]

Reynolds declines to say whether she’ll share COVID-19 data

By: - April 1, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds declined to say Wednesday whether she will disclose the data and metrics she’s relying to make decisions on how to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Iowa. At her daily press conference, Reynolds was twice asked whether she’d be willing to share the numbers she says she is looking at each day […]

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PR firm sued for defamation in long-running court fight

By: - April 1, 2020

An eight-year, million-dollar legal battle involving stolen seed corn, fraud and claims of racketeering and bribery has resulted in a new round of litigation in Polk County District Court. Just six weeks ago, a series of long-running court battles involving one of Iowa’s largest farm cooperatives appeared to have finally drawn to a close. Since […]

Iowa reports 52 additional cases of COVID-19, two more deaths

By: - April 1, 2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health has identified 52 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19 for a total of 549 positive cases in the state. The department also reported two additional deaths, both involving Iowans age 81 or older. One was a resident of Polk County and one was a resident of Washington County. […]

Iowa youth in group homes face high risk of infection, advocates say

By: - April 1, 2020

The state of Iowa isn’t doing enough to protect children in the juvenile-justice and child-welfare systems from COVID-19, advocacy groups say. Disability Rights Iowa and Drake University’s Center for Children’s Rights have written to Gov. Kim Reynolds and other state officials to share their concerns about the safety of Iowa youth now living in detention […]

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Federal judge says state ‘tortures’ children at Eldora home

By: - March 31, 2020

A federal judge issued a strongly worded rebuke to Iowa state officials Tuesday, saying they were “torturing” the youth housed at the Boys State Training School in Eldora. In a 116-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose held the state liable for violating the constitutional rights of children at the school, which houses troubled youth […]

Nursing home infections spread while state inspectors lack PPE

By: - March 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continued to spread in Iowa nursing homes Monday, even as state inspectors relied on the facilities themselves to provide them with personal protective equipment. Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday that an outbreak of COVID-19 has been confirmed in a Cedar Rapids nursing home. She said 21 of Linn County’s 71 confirmed cases […]

Governor’s temporary abortion ban triggers lawsuit

By: - March 30, 2020

The ACLU of Iowa, along with Planned Parenthood and the Emma Goldman Clinic, are suing Gov. Kim Reynolds and other state officials for blocking access to surgical abortion services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit alleges Reynolds’ action “flagrantly defies clear and binding constitutional precedent recognizing that patients have a protected liberty interest in terminating […]

Reynolds grows emotional at the toll of COVID-19 on Iowans

By: - March 27, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds grew emotional at a press conference Friday as she discussed the impact business closings are having on the state due to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. “The last thing I want to do is impact families and individuals and our businesses that are the backbone of our economy,” she said, adding that […]

Inspections halted at Iowa’s food processing plants

By: - March 26, 2020

The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals has indefinitely suspended all routine inspections at the state’s food-processing plants. The agency is under contract with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to handle the inspection of Iowa’s food processing and manufacturing plants. Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA recently issued an order instructing all states […]

As COVID-19 hits Iowa nursing homes, feds suspend fines and penalties

By: - March 26, 2020

With COVID-19 now confirmed at several Iowa nursing homes, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has suspended selected fines and other penalties against long-term care facilities. Iowa Health Care Association President and CEO Brent Willett said Wednesday the organization is “aware that four long-term care providers have reported a combined total of five […]

Almost two-thirds of Iowa’s COVID-19 cases not hospitalized

By: - March 25, 2020

Iowa reported 21 additional positive cases of COVID-19 Wednesday morning, for a total of 145 positive cases. The Iowa Department of Public Health says that of the 107 cases now being tracked, 71 have never — at least yet — been hospitalized; 23 are currently hospitalized; 12 have been discharged from the hospital and are […]