WORSE THAN EXPECTED: The damage from a fire that broke out at the Iowa City Landfill on Memorial Day weekend and smoldered until late August did more damage than city officials earlier believed. Total damage costs are now estimated at $5 million. A previous estimate to clean up and repair the damage cell was about $3 million. There’s still no word on whether the city’s insurance policy will pay for any of it.
SHODDY PROCESS: The state auditor’s investigation of a former employee’s alleged misuse of more than $272,000 while working as a technology consultant for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics’ Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation revealed some other troubling findings. The state audit criticized the UI’s purchasing policies, reimbursement practices and oversight procedures, and said the department doesn’t appear to have been managed “in a fiscally responsible manner.”
WHEN IS IT ENOUGH? We’re all for free speech, and this company benefits financially from political advertising. Yet an average of more than 1,800 presidential campaign ads aired on Iowa television stations during September makes us wonder if there’s a point of diminishing political returns.l Comments: firstname.lastname@example.org or (319) 398-8262