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Access to public health official’s emails will cost at least $8,000

The Iowa Department of Public Health is asking for at least $8,000 to publicly disclose two months’ worth of emails between the state medical...

State and federal data on nursing homes is incomplete and misleading

Nursing homes are considered the most dangerous places to live during the COVID-19 pandemic, but state and federal officials are routinely reporting misleading information...

Counselor disciplinary records kept secret by Iowa board

The Iowa Board of Certification oversees the practice of 1,400 substance abuse counselors in the state, but virtually all of its work is kept...

Four Iowa law enforcement agencies among those hit by ‘Blue Leaks’...

Four Iowa law enforcement organizations are among the 200 police agencies whose data was stolen earlier this month as part of the so-called "Blue...

Judge says Polk County’s secret list of property owners is public...

A lawsuit filed by Polk County in an effort to keep secret records pertaining to certain property owners has been dismissed by an Iowa...

State agency fails to post hundreds of verified complaints against restaurants

For at least 18 months, the state of Iowa has failed to publish the findings of hundreds of restaurant inspections triggered by verified consumer...

State Fair meeting was affront to open government

The decision last week to cancel the Iowa State Fair was a reminder of the seriousness of coronavirus and the consequences of many people’s...

Iowa State Fair makes secret ballot public after legality questions

The Iowa State Fair board has publicly posted the results of its secret ballot vote that resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 Iowa...

Public needs to see for itself how police act

There’s a quiz today. How would the tragic death of George Floyd have been perceived if the encounter occurred on a deserted side street in...

Iowans’ voices are being shut out of legislative debate

The three-day return of the Iowa Legislature has done more harm than good to the people of Iowa. Legislative leaders should again suspend their...
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