By Paul Brennan | | Jul 29, 2014 11:58 AM
The Sioux City Police Department’s attempt to squeeze every dollar out of the city’s speed cameras may cause it to lose access to important information on a national law enforcement database.
By Paul Brennan | | Jul 24, 2014 5:00 AM
By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog DES MOINES, Iowa — An irked Gov. Terry Branstad and U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, are still waiting to learn the whereabouts of 139 immigrant children placed without notice by federal immigration officials somewhere in the state. On Tuesday, top state officials learned of the number of minors from reporters asking [...]
By Paul Brennan | | Jul 23, 2014 5:00 AM | 788
Betty Ellis doesn’t know why 100 dead people were registered to vote in Wright County. That’s a problem. Ellis is the county auditor and in charge of elections there.
By Paul Brennan | | Jul 21, 2014 5:00 AM | 87
The door to the small room at the back of Kyle Thompson’s basement is locked. A sign on the door warns visitors what’s inside — snakes, more than 40 of them.
By Tom Steward | | Jul 17, 2014 5:00 AM | 37
His resume posted on the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board website stands out: “Conducted hundreds of grievance hearings and mediation sessions.” So does his daily fee: $1,200 per day, plus “actual costs for meals, lodging and miscellaneous; IRS rate for mileage.”
By Paul Brennan | | Jul 11, 2014 5:00 AM | 13
    By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog DES MOINES, Iowa — Pastor Robert Garcia has half a church. The rear half of Iglesia Emanuel Independiete in Muscatine is now owned by Oak Helm Partners, a real estate investment group from Davenport, and no one is quite sure why they want part of a church. Garcia isn’t quite sure how he [...]
By Paul Brennan | | Jul 09, 2014 5:00 AM | 160
Most of what Tim Maher knew about the Renewable Fuel Standard came from TV commercials. “They all talk about how it’s good for the environment and good for the country because we won’t have to import so much oil from the Middle East,” Maher said as he was filling up his car with super-unleaded at a Casey’s General Store in Johnston. “But they sure never said anything about it making the price of gas go up,” Maher added.
By Paul Brennan | | Jul 03, 2014 5:00 AM | 112
Jerri Andersen wasn’t impressed by the Fourth of July fireworks display at her local Hy-Vee in Urbandale.
By Paul Brennan | | Jun 30, 2014 12:32 PM | 51
The Woodbury County Board of Supervisors voted to borrow $927,000 for a road project which, the county engineer says, will be little used after 2016.
By Paul Brennan | | Jun 26, 2014 1:41 PM | 18
By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog DES MOINES, Iowa — Employees of the Des Moines Public Schools can forget about “no pain, no gain” when it comes to working out. Next school year, both the fit and flabby will be eligible to receive a Fitbit, one of the trendiest pieces of workout gear, and the only place [...]