courts en News Buzz: Iowa's VA Hospitals, Recapping the GOP Primary Debate, Court Reporters <p>Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki&nbsp;has resigned his post in the wake of a series of scandals at Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country. During this News Buzz edition of River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with Des Moines Register Health Care Reporter Tony Leys about how the announcement could affect Iowa's VA hospitals. <a href="" target="_blank">He also tells us about a possibly mismanaged case at the Iowa City VA</a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:59:19 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Lindsey Moon 41479 at News Buzz: Iowa's VA Hospitals, Recapping the GOP Primary Debate, Court Reporters Courts Oppose Closing Juvenile Home <p>State lawmakers looking into the closing of the Iowa Juvenile Home at Toledo got a fresh perspective from juvenile court officers who work with the&nbsp; delinquent girls who used to be assigned to the home.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The officers argue that Iowa needs a facility specifically for&nbsp; girls who’ve been in serious trouble with the law.&nbsp; Governor Branstad is at odds with the judicial branch.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:17:13 +0000 Joyce Russell 35616 at Courts Oppose Closing Juvenile Home Reuniting Families Through Court <p>This segment of River to River features a volunteer-run court in Iowa - the Johnson County Family Treatment Court - that works with parents who suffer from substance abuse. Host Ben Keiffer sits down with a recent graduate of the court, a mother who formerly struggled with a meth addiction while trying to raise her son.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:21:33 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 32138 at Reuniting Families Through Court Jury Duty: The role of a juror <p>With George Zimmerman recently<a href=";_r=0"> acquitted</a> of murder in the death Trayvon Martin host Ben Kieffer looks at the role juries play in the U.S. justice system.&nbsp; What are the origins of the jury and how have juries evolved over the centuries.&nbsp; Also, what does the recent flourish of media attention aimed at the jurors for the Zimmerman trial reveal and distort about jury duty?</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:26:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 26644 at Jury Duty: The role of a juror Iowa's Chief Justice Calls for More Funding, Staffing for Courts <p></p><p>Iowa Chief Justice Mark Cady&nbsp;delivered his State of the Judiciary speech to a joint session of the Iowa Legislature Wednesday. He's calling for increased staffing in the court system, which has taken a hit in budget cuts in recent years.</p><p>Cady wants court offices around the state to stay open all week. Right now they close in the afternoons twice a week. He also tells lawmakers the state doesn’t have enough juvenile officers to reach all of Iowa’s children in need.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:12:53 +0000 Clay Masters 13615 at Iowa's Chief Justice Calls for More Funding, Staffing for Courts Dueling Bus Tours Launched <P></P> <H1>Two statewide bus tours begin in Des Moines with stops planned in more than a dozen communities.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; They’ll be promoting opposing views on whether Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins should stay on the court. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</H1> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:54:41 +0000 Joyce Russell 8344 at Dueling Bus Tours Launched Strip searches in Iowa: what's the law? <p>It seems like everybody&rsquo;s talking about strip searches these days. But as Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Kate Wells reports, strip searches for minor crimes are pretty limited in this state &ndash; or at least, they&rsquo;re supposed to be.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 803 at Strip searches in Iowa: what's the law?