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Perry Beeman

Perry Beeman

Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.

Panel quickly dismisses ethics complaint against state senator

By: - September 4, 2020

An Iowa Senate ethics committee on Friday quickly dismissed a complaint from two citizen groups alleging that a state senator involved in livestock operations had improperly benefited from legislation he supported.  The complaint involved Sen. Ken Rozenboom, R-Oskaloosa, and was filed by Food & Water Action and Iowa Citizens for Committee improvement.  A bipartisan six-member […]

Iowa’s daily COVID-19 case total jumps 61% over 14 days

By: - September 4, 2020

Iowa, one of the nation’s COVID-19 hot spots, has seen a jump of 61% in the number of daily cases over the past two weeks, the New York Times reported.  The state this week has seen a flurry of both actions, reversals of decisions, inaction, and court challenges as the coronavirus pandemic rolls on with […]

U.S. ag secretary, in Iowa, announces new derecho aid for 18 counties

By: - September 3, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, on a tour of Iowa derecho damage and conservation practices Thursday, designated 18 Iowa counties as primary natural disaster areas. That qualifies farmers in those counties to apply for emergency loans in the wake of the Aug. 10 derecho. Gov. Kim Reynolds had applied for the aid. Perdue signed […]

Former Iowa public health spokeswoman sues state, seeks $5 million

By: - September 3, 2020

The former spokeswoman of the Iowa Department of Public Health has sued the state and Gov. Kim Reynolds, claiming she was ousted for fulfilling open records requests for reporters, which was part of her job.  Polly Carver-Kimm, 57, who had worked in public affairs for the department since 2007, is asking the court for damages, […]