Public Officials

Judge bars telemarketer from operating in Iowa

DES MOINES — An Iowa judge has barred a Las Vegas-based company from telemarketing health and nutrition-related products to Iowans, according to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.

The judicial action came Thursday after an undercover p [...]

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Harkin calls for protection, refuge for unaccompanied child immigrants

Sen. Tom Harkin sharply criticized Gov. Terry Branstad and others reluctant to extend humanitarian aid to unaccompanied minors coming to the United States from Central America.

“I’m disappointed that Gov. Terry Branstad has som [...]

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Iowa Medicaid director resigns

Iowa’s Medicaid director has resigned to take a position at the University of Iowa.

A Tuesday release from the Iowa Department of Human Services said Jennifer Vermeer’s resignation is effective August 21.

Vermeer, who h [...]

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VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigns

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced Friday that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki has resigned amid a health-care scandal that had engulfed the agency.

Shinseki has been under fire over allegations that VA facilities mani [...]

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Cedar Rapids shuts down nuisance apartment house

CEDAR RAPIDS — Enough.

City officials on Thursday shut down what they said is a“nuisance” apartment house in the city even as the owner sold the place to a new owner.

Amanda Grieder, coordinator of the city’ [...]

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Cedar Rapids council to consider ‘aggressive solicitation’ ordinance

CEDAR RAPIDS — Men with weathered faces and signs asking for money are hard to ignore when they camp next to Interstate 380 ramps in the city.

They provoke a thought of one kind or another for most who drive by.

The City Council [...]

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Iowa Department of Administrative Services official resigns

DES MOINES — A top Iowa Department of Administrative Services official involved in a controversial agency reorganization that included secret settlements with paid confidentiality clauses has resigned from his state post, the department [...]

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Some fault retired correctional services director for agency’s troubles

If state budget cuts were coming, Gary Hinzman, the then-correctional services director for Iowa's 6th Judicial District, advocated raising fees, threatening building closures and reclassifying positions as “mission critical” to avoid [...]

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Public welcomed to new Cedar Rapids fire station Northwest location will improve response times, foster future growth

CEDAR RAPIDS — After a brief presentation of the colors and the ceremonial decoupling of a fire hose, Cedar Rapids Fire Station 3 opened its bay doors to the public Saturday morning, with city officials in attendance.

“It reall [...]

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Assistant Linn County attorney fired after OWI arrest

CEDAR RAPIDS — Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden has fired a longtime attorney in his office who has been charged with drunken driving next door in Jones County.

Vander Sanden’s move comes before Jeff Clark, who has serv [...]

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Proxy lawmaker idea not catching on in Iowa Legislature

DES MOINES — The 2014 Iowa legislative session may well go down as the “Year of Absences.”

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Red Oak, missed several days — and votes — while on National Guard Duty and, presumably, working [...]

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Iowa Attorney General to use consumer fraud law to combat synthetic drugs sales

DES MOINES — In what he called a “first of its kind” consumer fraud lawsuit in Iowa, Attorney General Tom Miller has filed suit against two Des Moines convenience store owners over the sales of synthetic drugs.

Iowa [...]

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Reynolds touts Iowa’s STEM efforts at national conference

WASHINGTON — It reaches one in five Iowa students from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade. It consumes millions of dollars in state money. It is led by 45 of Iowa’s top educators and employers.

And the Iowa STEM program ha [...]

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Iowa senator says abuse claims at Iowa Veterans Home ‘swept under rug’

DES MOINES — Lingering concerns over alleged abuse of residents and employees by the former commandant of the Iowa Veterans Home are spurring senators to look at new whistle-blower protections and expanded access to investigative reports be [...]

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Lamberti on Cedar Rapids casino: 'It was clearly the right decision'

DES MOINES — During a TV taping today, Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Chairman Jeff Lamberti forcefully backed the commission's 4-1 vote that denied a casino for Cedar Rapids.

“I can't solve all the world's problems, I can d [...]

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