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February 10, 2014

Sheriff: Suspect in newborn kidnapping in own cell

IOWA CITY —  An Iowa sheriff says he's jailing a woman suspected of kidnapping a baby apart from the general population for safety reasons.

    Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington said Monday that 31-year-old Kristen R. Smith of Denver is in her own cell at the county jail in Tipton.

    He says he didn't feel comfortable holding Smith with other female inmates who had seen media coverage of the allegations against her.

    Smith was charged with kidnapping Friday after the police chief in West Branch discovered missing Wisconsin newborn Kayden Powell, alive and well despite being in freezing temperatures for up to 29 hours.

    The FBI alleges Smith took the boy from her half sister's home and left him in a plastic crate outside a gas station before she was arrested Thursday.

 

 

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  • Regents considering Branstad order on settlements

    More than three weeks later, the Iowa Board of Regents is still figuring out how to comply with Gov. Terry Branstad's order to post employee settlement agreements online.

    In an executive order on March 24, Branstad ordered his administration and the regents to post all legal agreements that resolve employment disputes on websites that are easily accessible to the public.

    April 16, 2014

  • Broadband bill advances in legislature DES MOINES (AP) -- A legislative panel has backed a plan meant to extend broadband access to rural Iowans, though an agreement hasn't been reached on language about the placement of new cell towers. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 16-to-9 Tu

    April 16, 2014

  • Iowa Senate approves disabled veterans tax credit DES MOINES (AP) -- A bill meant to further relieve the financial stress of disabled veterans in the state has won the unanimous support of the Iowa Senate. The Senate voted 50-0 Tuesday to expand a homestead tax credit already in place for disabled v

    April 16, 2014

  • Iowa regulators to hold forums on investment scams

    Iowa's insurance commissioner has scheduled forums in Cedar Rapids and Davenport to educate the public on how to avoid investment and insurance scams.

    Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said a May 1 forum and panel discussion at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center would be limited to the first 210 respondents. A similar event is scheduled June 5 in Davenport.

    April 15, 2014

  • Panel asks managers to return for more questioning

    Two top managers at the Iowa Department of Administrative Services answered lawmakers' questions during a nearly two-hour hearing Monday but did not clarify the big question: Who authorized settlement agreements with former state employees in which money was paid for secrecy?

    April 14, 2014

  • Branstad: Action needed to protect Iowa students

    Gov. Terry Branstad has called on the Legislature to take action following an Iowa Supreme Court ruling that found school coaches cannot be convicted of sexual exploitation by a school employee under current law.

    The Iowa Supreme Court ruled 5-2 Friday to overturn the conviction of a former Bloomfield basketball coach who had sex with a 16-year-old girl on his team, saying coaches without teaching licenses are not considered school employees and therefore cannot be convicted. In a statement Monday, Branstad urged lawmakers to pass legislation to include school coaches in the law to protect Iowa students from sexual exploitation.

    April 14, 2014

  • Branstad: Partisan politics behind investigations

    Gov. Terry Branstad says Democrats pursuing investigations into confidential settlement agreements, do-not-hire lists, and other issues are practicing partisan politics at its worst.

    April 14, 2014

  • Iowa man arrested in school bathroom camera case

    Authorities have arrested an eastern Iowa man accused of placing hidden video recording devices in a girls' school bathroom.

    The U.S. Department of Justice for the southern district of Iowa says 29-year-old Ian Dishon Isabel was taken into custody Friday. He was captured in Adams County in western Illinois.

    April 14, 2014

  • Iowa hires nearly 400 without advertising the jobs

    At least 386 state employees have been hired by Gov. Terry Branstad's administration without advertising the positions, but this is not a new practice in Iowa.

    Critics told the Des Moines Register the practice makes it easier for friends and campaign donors to land the jobs.

    April 14, 2014

  • Government Oversight calls in 2 state officials

    The Senate Government Oversight Committee has set another hearing to ask more questions about government payments to former workers for secrecy and other issues they believe could be problems in the executive branch.

    Democratic Sen. Janet Petersen, who chairs the oversight committee, has set a meeting for 2:30 p.m. Monday and two Department of Administrative Services officials who didn't come last week say they'll appear.

    April 14, 2014

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