Iowa Senate Democrats push for preschool expansion

Iowa Senate Democrats say they are committed to eliminating waiting lists for preschool programs, but the additional funding faces uncertainty in the House. Roughly one third of Iowa children don't attend preschool despite the free preschool program passed in 2007.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: February 14, 2014

Iowa Kids: Turning the corner on youth obesity

Shifts in the way children eat and spend their time have led to soaring obesity rates. But new studies show a bit of progress. One Iowa girl, Journey Yeggy, shares her fight against childhood obesity. This is part of the Register's Iowa Kids series.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: August 20, 2013

Does state still offer placement of last resort?

Over the past 19 years, Iowa has seen a 73 percent reduction in the number of available beds for adult psychiatric patients, resulting in more mentally ill Iowans being sent to jail. The Iowa Department of Corrections estimates 41 percent of inmates have mental illnesses.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: July 1, 2013

Iowa Kids: 1 in 10 gets no diploma in 4 years

Iowa’s graduation rate tops the nation, but roughly 1 in 10 Iowa seniors fails to complete high school in four years. This shortcoming, despite millions of dollars spent on programs to boost graduation rates, puts the economic future of each student — and of the state — at risk.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: June 2, 2013

Help wanted as building projects boom

Iowa is expected to see $9 million in large building projects this year, but builders are reporting shortages of skilled workers. Some estimate the industry will see a shortage of about 2,730 workers annually over the next seven years, based on demand, retirements and the number of new trained workers coming into the industry.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: May 30, 2013

Glenwood disabled facility on most fined list

Glenwood Resource Center has the worst record of compliance with federal regulations of any care facility in Iowa over the past 10 months. The center, a 260-resident facility run by the Iowa Department of Human Services, has racked up $27,500 in fines since July 2012 . Three-fourths of the residents are diagnosed with both mental illness and intellectual disabilities.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: May 20, 2013

50 sex offenders have gun permits

A two-year-old state law on gun permits allows registered sex offenders to obtain a weapons permit, something which has surprised some state lawmakers and worried some law enforcement officers.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: May 7, 2013

Grieving families shocked by cleanup companys soaring costs

A biohazard removal company, Aftermath, Inc., which cleans up after suicides and other tragedies, has been accused of staggeringly high prices and questionable business practices. The industry is subject to OSHA and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules, but neither the state nor the federal government has regulations to protect consumers.

Source: Des Moines Register

Posted on: April 15, 2013