Drunk teacher wins unemployment benefits; gets to keep license

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

photo courtesy of the city of Grimes

If Dennis Pagel had taken a box of school supplies while working as a teacher at Dallas-Center Grimes Middle School, he could have gotten in serious trouble.

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850 days of ‘the grossest incompetence:’ How the IRS botched a case of identity theft

By   /  August 14, 2014  /  Identity Fraud, Iowa, IRS, News  /  No Comments

850 DAYS: That's how long it took accountant Jason Dinesen to resolve a client's problems with the IRS after the client's late husband's identity was stolen.

Jason Dinesen smiled politely and shook his head when asked about a new bill in the U.S. Senate that aims to improve how the IRS handles cases of identity theft by assigning one agent to deal with each invididual case.

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Give me shelter: Josue and other border kids go to court

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  Iowa, National, Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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Thirteen-year-old Josue was one of many teen-age kids from Central America who were herded through Omaha Immigration Court on Tuesday, part of a wave of children coming to America.

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In Iowa, stay away from stopping school buses or temporarily lose your license

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

ONE SIZE FITS ALL: A school bus safety law passed in 2012 doesn't allow county attorneys and judges to distinguish between dangerous behavior and simple mistakes.

By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES, Iowa — Kayden’s Law seemed like a “no-brainer” when it was passed in 2012.
Named for a 7-year-old girl who was killed in 2011 by a speeding motorist, the law imposed mandatory penalties for anyone not stopping at least 150 feet from a school bus when the bus’ red [...]

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No receipts, no problem: Consulting firm paid $200K for undocumented expenses

By   /  August 8, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

NO RECEIPTS, NO PROBLEM: The Board of Regents is paying over $200,00 in undocumented expense to a firm it hired to it save money.

They say college is nothing like the real world.

The state university system’s Board of Regents is proving that lack of realism isn’t confined to undergraduates.

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Raises for everyone, just don’t ask how

By   /  August 5, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

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Bruce Braley is making raising the minimum wage a centerpiece of his U.S. Senate campaign, but isn’t answering questions about its impact on small business.

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