Surviving small – Desperate for doctors

Finding health professionals to practice in Iowa's rural areas can be a serious challenge, experts say. Iowa has more than 360 Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas — a federal designation given when there is one primary care physician per 3,500 residents — many of them in rural areas.

Source: The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA)

Posted on: February 16, 2015

Iowa’s cost of secret worker settlements tops $500,000

Newly released documents show additional costs associated with 24 secret settlements made to former Iowa state employees. Large sections of the documents were blacked out, but other sections showed thousands of dollars to provide back pay or allow the employees to convert unused sick time into cash.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: March 31, 2014

Ailing vet ‘dumped’ by Onawa care site

John Chedester, 65, was left in an unfurnished apartment with no food or medicine due to failure to pay his bills. He was hospitalized two days later. The care site was fined $5,000, but no criminal charges were filed despite denial of critical care being a form of criminal dependent-adult abuse in Iowa.

Source: Des Moines Register

Posted on: January 28, 2014

Gov. Terry Branstad is a road warrior

A Des Moines Register review of travel records shows Gov. Branstad has traveled out of the state 23 times since late May of last year, including trips to Brazil and China. The governor's office says the trips help draw businesses to the state.

Source: Des Moines Register

Posted on: July 15, 2013

11 Iowans contribute $1 million to federal political campaigns

A report by the Sunlight Foundations showed 2012 campaign contributions by 31,385 people, just .01 percent of the U.S. population, comprised 28 percent of all disclosed political contributions. Eleven Iowans gave a combined total of more than $1 million. Seven gave 100 percent of their donations to Republicans while two gave 100 percent to Democrats.

Source: The Cedar Rapids Gazette

Posted on: June 25, 2013