Crime, Justice and Public Safety http://iowapublicradio.org en Bakken Crude Routes Revealed http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bakken-crude-routes-revealed <p>The United States Department of Transportation &nbsp;has ordered the nation’s rail lines to let states know how much crude oil is coming through from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota.&nbsp; The &nbsp;Bakken crude is especially &nbsp;flammable and a number of derailments have resulted in disastrous fires.&nbsp;&nbsp; Iowa officials are &nbsp;in dispute with the rail lines about whether to release &nbsp;the information to the general &nbsp;public. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 03:49:24 +0000 Joyce Russell 42811 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bakken Crude Routes Revealed Medical Billing Class-Action Suit http://iowapublicradio.org/post/medical-billing-class-action-suit <p>A class-action lawsuit that could involve thousands of Iowans has been filed against HealthPort Technologies.</p><p>The Georgia-based company is a medical records and billings statement provider.&nbsp; The suit alleges HealthPort overcharges costumers for duplications of their medical records and billing statements.</p><p>The lead attorney for the plaintiffs is James Bisconglia of the Des Moines law firm LaMarca &amp; Landry<strong><em>. </em></strong>Bisconglia says that Iowa Code limits the amount a consumer can be charged for a records request.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 20:06:30 +0000 Sarah Boden 41299 at http://iowapublicradio.org Medical Billing Class-Action Suit Iowa Supreme Court Rules on Defamation http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-supreme-court-rules-defamation <p>While he didn't win the Sioux City senate seat, at least 2010 candidate Rick Mullin and the Iowa Democratic Party won’t have to pay $231,000 to State Senator Rick Bertrand.</p><p>Today the Iowa Supreme Court today found that an ad run by Mullin’s campaign did not meet the definition of defamation.&nbsp;</p><p>Senator Bertrand sued Mullin and his party saying the campaign ad purposely misled voters into thinking Bertrand was the owner of the pharmaceutical company <a href="http://www.takeda.us/">Takeda</a>, when in reality he was an employee.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 15:49:39 +0000 Sarah Boden 40726 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Supreme Court Rules on Defamation After the Wedding: Five Years After Varnum http://iowapublicradio.org/post/after-wedding-five-years-after-varnum <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>It’s been 5 years since the Iowa Supreme Court decision of Varnum versus Brien that paved the way for same sex marriage in the state and Iowa’s public opinion is changing.</p><p>In 1996, Rob Gilmer and his husband Rene Orduna opened the restaurant Dixie Quick's in Omaha. They were running out of space in their Nebraska restaurant and after the Iowa Supreme Court decision they decided to move the restaurant to Council Bluffs.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Clay Masters 38530 at http://iowapublicradio.org After the Wedding: Five Years After Varnum Courts Oppose Closing Juvenile Home http://iowapublicradio.org/post/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 http://iowapublicradio.org Courts Oppose Closing Juvenile Home Shepard Family Lobbies for Kidnapping Bill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/shepard-family-lobbies-kidnapping-bill <p>The Shepard family from Dayton Iowa and their friends and supporters came to the capitol &nbsp;to lobby for tougher penalties for kidnappers.&nbsp; 15 year old&nbsp; Kathlynn</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;Shepard&nbsp; died at the hands of a kidnapper last year, and lawmakers say a stronger law&nbsp; might have prevented the tragedy.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:34:21 +0000 Joyce Russell 35282 at http://iowapublicradio.org Shepard Family Lobbies for Kidnapping Bill Des Moines Groups Target Racial Profiling http://iowapublicradio.org/post/des-moines-groups-target-racial-profiling <p>Activist groups launched &nbsp;a project they hope will illustrate how common &nbsp;racial profiling is in and around Des Moines. &nbsp; &nbsp; The ACLU, the NAACP, and a coalition of churches known as AMOS are inviting people of color to come forward with their stories to document allegations that &nbsp;law enforcement targets &nbsp;individuals solely because of their race. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 22:54:07 +0000 Joyce Russell 29955 at http://iowapublicradio.org Des Moines Groups Target Racial Profiling UNI Panel Explores Racial Questions in Trayvon Martin Case http://iowapublicradio.org/post/uni-panel-explores-racial-questions-trayvon-martin-case <p></p><p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"><a href="http://www.uni.edu/cme/staff">&nbsp;Dr. Michael Blackwell</a>, the University of Northern Iowa's Director for Multicultural Education, joins IPR's <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/sarah-mccammon">Sarah McCammon</a> to preview a<a href="http://www.uni.edu/adp/documents/Flyerfor9-11-13TheTrayvonMartincase2on1page.pdf"> panel discussion</a> at UNI on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:55:55 +0000 Sarah McCammon 28901 at http://iowapublicradio.org UNI Panel Explores Racial Questions in Trayvon Martin Case IPR Talk Shows Examine Iowa Correctional System http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ipr-talk-shows-examine-iowa-correctional-system <p>IPR's Clay Masters speaks with Talk of Iowa Host Charity Nebbe about her show and River to River's summer series examining the state's correctional system.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:57:36 +0000 Clay Masters 23584 at http://iowapublicradio.org Does sex offender treatment work? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/does-sex-offender-treatment-work <p></p><p>As we continue our series on corrections in Iowa…here's the second half of our report on sex offender treatment and monitoring. &nbsp;</p><p>About 1 in 8 inmates in Iowa's prison system are sex offenders, and many go through treatment while in prison. &nbsp;But does it work?</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:47:05 +0000 Sarah McCammon 22986 at http://iowapublicradio.org Does sex offender treatment work? Treating Sex Offenders http://iowapublicradio.org/post/treating-sex-offenders <p>It’s been just over a month since two girls from Dayton, Iowa were abducted near their bus stop - allegedly by a convicted sex offender who’d served nearly two decades in prison. &nbsp;Authorities say Michael Klunder abducted the girls and committed suicide later that day.</p><p>The fact that Klunder was free at all has prompted questions about how sex offenders are evaluated, treated and monitored.&nbsp;</p><p>This story begins a summer series examining Iowa's correctional system.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 22901 at http://iowapublicradio.org Treating Sex Offenders Dayton community holds vigil for missing teen http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dayton-community-holds-vigil-missing-teen <p>Investigators continue to search the area surrounding Dayton, Iowa for <span>Kathlynn</span> Shepard, a teenager abducted earlier this week as she walked home from the bus stop.&nbsp; A twelve-year-old who was taken with her escaped shortly after the kidnapping and is, except for scratches on her arms and legs, unharmed.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 13:59:51 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 21225 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dayton community holds vigil for missing teen Search continues for missing Iowa teen Kathlynn Shepard http://iowapublicradio.org/post/search-continues-missing-iowa-teen-kathlynn-shepard <p></p><p></p><p>State troopers narrowed their search Wednesday morning for 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard. She was abducted Monday while walking home from the bus stop in Dayton, Iowa with a younger girl who escaped soon afterwards. Their suspected abductor was found dead later that day. Despite the efforts search party of more than 300 members of law enforcement and volunteers from the area, Shepard has not been found.</p><p>Special Agent Bill Keitzman with the Iowa DCI says Wednesday’s search focuses on a smaller area.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 13:04:07 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 21162 at http://iowapublicradio.org Search continues for missing Iowa teen Kathlynn Shepard Payout Reduced in Henry's Turkey Discrimination Case http://iowapublicradio.org/post/payout-reduced-henrys-turkey-discrimination-case <p>A landmark $240 million verdict against a Texas company who employed mentally disabled workers at an Iowa turkey processing plant will be reduced to about $1.6 million because of a law capping their damages. The 32 men faced decades of verbal and physical abuse at work and at home.</p><p>The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Henry's Turkey Service have agreed in legal briefs that each plaintiff can recover $50,000 - compared to the $7.5 million a jury awarded them on May 1st.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 11:26:53 +0000 Pat Blank 20728 at http://iowapublicradio.org Payout Reduced in Henry's Turkey Discrimination Case Sentencing Juveniles for First Degree Murder http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sentencing-juveniles-first-degree-murder <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Juveniles in Iowa who've committed first degree murder <em>could</em> be eligible for parole after serving 45 years in prison. That’s according to a bill discussed at the statehouse Thursday. As Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports, it’s in reaction with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 13:24:48 +0000 Clay Masters 16971 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sentencing Juveniles for First Degree Murder Iowa's Chief Justice Calls for More Funding, Staffing for Courts http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-chief-justice-calls-more-funding-staffing-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 http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Chief Justice Calls for More Funding, Staffing for Courts Iowa Begins Offering Federally Compliant "REAL ID" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-begins-offering-federally-compliant-real-id <p>Beginning Tuesday, January 15,&nbsp; Iowa will issue driver’s licenses and state IDs that comply with a new federal program called <a href="http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/realid/home.html">REAL ID</a>. &nbsp;The program is being phased in as part of legislation passed by Congress in 2005.&nbsp; It's aimed at streamlining security at federal facilities and for air travel.</p><p>Mark Lowe of the Iowa Department of Transportation visited our Des Moines studio to explain what changes are coming.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:22:24 +0000 Sarah McCammon 13508 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Begins Offering Federally Compliant "REAL ID" Undocumented Immigrants at University http://iowapublicradio.org/post/undocumented-immigrants-university <p></p><p>Two young Mexican immigrants living in a small northeast Iowa town are defying the odds by&nbsp; pursuing degrees &nbsp;from the University of Northern Iowa.&nbsp;Because they are undocumented they are working their way through college without the help of student loans or other benefits of citizenship.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;A new Obama administration order granting them temporary work permits is helping to ease the &nbsp;way.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 00:04:42 +0000 Joyce Russell 13358 at http://iowapublicradio.org Undocumented Immigrants at University Immigrant Licenses Denied http://iowapublicradio.org/post/immigrant-licenses-denied <p></p><p>The Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation was in the hot seat at the statehouse. &nbsp; Critics turned out to rally against the DOT’s recent policy decision denying&nbsp; driver’s licenses&nbsp; for young undocumented immigrants in Iowa.&nbsp;&nbsp; That’s even though the Obama administration recently approved work permits for immigrants who were brought into the U.S. as children years ago. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:46:43 +0000 Joyce Russell 13315 at http://iowapublicradio.org Immigrant Licenses Denied No Iowa driver's licenses for unauthorized immigrants granted deferred action http://iowapublicradio.org/post/no-iowa-drivers-licenses-unauthorized-immigrants-granted-deferred-action <p></p><p>The Iowa Department of Transportation says it will not issue driver's licenses or state identification cards&nbsp;to&nbsp;undocumented immigrants who have been&nbsp;granted deferred action by the Obama administration because they came to the United States as kids.</p><p>In Iowa almost 5,000 young immigrants—mostly of Mexican descent—have been granted temporary deferred action by the Obama administration. This means they can stay in the country, but after this ruling from the DOT, they can’t drive or receive a state ID in Iowa.</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 22:52:16 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 12586 at http://iowapublicradio.org No Iowa driver's licenses for unauthorized immigrants granted deferred action Iowans React to School Shooting http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowans-react-school-shooting <p></p><p>The Branstad administration as well as school districts all over the state are reacting to Friday’s school shootings in Connecticut.&nbsp;&nbsp; One official&nbsp; is&nbsp; encouraging schools to review their security procedures.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But the governor and key lawmakers aren’t jumping to any conclusions about needed legislation to prevent such a tragedy here. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 02:03:41 +0000 Joyce Russell 12161 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowans React to School Shooting Parents of Murdered Children Push Death Penalty http://iowapublicradio.org/post/parents-murdered-children-push-death-penalty <p></p><p>In the wake of the discovery the bodies of two northeastern Iowa girls earlier this month, the talk of reinstating the death penalty is back at the state capitol. But proponents of capital punishment know they face a tough fight.</p><p>Iowa parents who have lost children due to kidnapping and murder met with Governor Branstad Monday morning to talk about reinstating the death penalty. Afterwards at a press conference, the parents told their stories.</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 23:50:27 +0000 Clay Masters 12160 at http://iowapublicradio.org Parents of Murdered Children Push Death Penalty Birth Certificate Debate Heads to Iowa Supreme Court http://iowapublicradio.org/post/birth-certificate-debate-heads-iowa-supreme-court <p></p><p></p><p>The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit over whether a same-sex Des Moines married couple should BOTH stay on their daughter’s birth certificate. The Polk county district court already ruled in favor of the couple.</p><p>Representing the Iowa Department of Health was Deputy Attorney General Julie Pottorff. She argued opposite-sex couples and same-sex couples remain different in one immutable way. Only opposite sex couples can conceive a child.</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 01:12:31 +0000 Clay Masters 11893 at http://iowapublicradio.org Birth Certificate Debate Heads to Iowa Supreme Court Police Confident Bodies are Missing Cousins http://iowapublicradio.org/post/police-confident-bodies-are-missing-cousins <p></p><p>12/6/12 &nbsp;4:30 PM UPDATE:&nbsp;</p><p>The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Department says they're confident that two bodies discovered Wednesday by hunters in a Bremer County wildlife area are those of Elizabeth Collins and her cousin Lyric Cook-Morrissey.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 01:26:03 +0000 Clay Masters & Rob Dillard 11653 at http://iowapublicradio.org Police Confident Bodies are Missing Cousins Parole Board Votes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/parole-board-votes <p>A new rule at the Iowa Board of Parole scheduled to go into effect next month is giving&nbsp; some victims advocates heartburn.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A panel of state lawmakers declined to delay a new guideline to&nbsp;</p><p>grant parole to high-risk inmates with a simple majority vote.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 22:31:19 +0000 Joyce Russell 10717 at http://iowapublicradio.org Parole Board Votes Wiggins on the Ballot http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wiggins-ballot <p>Advocates for and against an Iowa Supreme Court Justice are wrapping up their bus tours across the state. &nbsp; Critics of the court’s same-sex marriage ruling&nbsp; urged voters to <u>reject</u> Justice David Wiggins.&nbsp;&nbsp; The other side is advocating a yes vote for <u>all the judges on the ballot</u>.&nbsp;&nbsp; But one justice who was thrown off the court two years ago worries that might not work.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 19:48:54 +0000 Joyce Russell 8622 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wiggins on the Ballot Dueling Bus Tours Launched http://iowapublicradio.org/post/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 http://iowapublicradio.org Dueling Bus Tours Launched Des Moines Police Mounted Patrol preps for Iowa State Fair http://iowapublicradio.org/post/des-moines-police-mounted-patrol-preps-iowa-state-fair <p>When the Iowa State Fair opens, one week from today, not all the animals will be on display or in competition; some will be working. It&#39;s one of the last mounted patrols in Iowa.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 11:44:05 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 5613 at http://iowapublicradio.org Des Moines Police Mounted Patrol preps for Iowa State Fair Iowa Officials Cracking Down on Con Man Posing as ... Them http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-officials-cracking-down-con-man-posing-them <p>Iowa&rsquo;s Democratic Attorney General and Republican Secretary of State have joined forces to stop an unusual kind of identity fraud.&nbsp;&nbsp; A California con man tried&nbsp; to collect fees from Iowa corporations by pretending to <u>be</u> the Secretary of State.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 10:55:57 +0000 Joyce Russell 4567 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Officials Cracking Down on Con Man Posing as ... Them Gun Violence Spreads in Cedar Rapids http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gun-violence-spreads-cedar-rapids <p>Gun violence in Cedar Rapids is at an all-time high.<br />Police say they&rsquo;re not sure what&rsquo;s behind the massive spike.<br />And the violence is spreading to parts of town once considered safe.</p><p>Wellington Heights is not one of those parts of town. You could say it has a bad rep in Cedar Rapids,<br />thanks to some of the highest crime rates in the city. But lately, things are getting worse.</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 13:22:26 +0000 Kate Wells 934 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gun Violence Spreads in Cedar Rapids