Articles by Ryan J. Foley

What States Have Done, and Not Done, About Guns

Shortly after last year’s shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a panel to explore possible reforms to state gun laws. A Republican, Kasich wanted to be sure its members clearly supported the Second Amendment. …

Iowa Governor Scrutinized for Accepting Flight on Sedgwick Jet

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds received approval from an ethics regulator to fly with her family to Iowa State’s bowl game free of charge on the jet of a state vendor, despite a law barring public officials and their relatives from …

Property Manager in Iowa City Ordered to Pay $5.6M in Worker’s Death

A prominent Iowa City landlord was ordered to pay $5.6 million in damages after jurors held him responsible for the 2014 death of a maintenance worker. A jury ruled that Jeffrey Clark, manager of Apartments Downtown Inc., was “grossly negligent” …

Iowa Man Suing Gun Maker Savage Arms Over Exploding Rifle

It was the opening day of deer hunting season, and Iowa farmer Ronald Hansen says he loaded his rifle the same way he had countless times before, aimed at a target and fired a shot. This time, the gun barrel …

Common Reasons FEMA Denies Disaster Funds

Local governments and nonprofits trying to recover from major disasters have sometimes learned the hard way that money spent on protective measures, cleanup and rebuilding is not always reimbursed by the U.S. government. The Associated Press analyzed more than 900 …

Feds Shut Down Iowa Trucking Company Tied to Trafficking Deaths

Federal safety regulators have shut down a troubled Iowa trucking company that owned the semitrailer involved in a human trafficking case in which 10 immigrants died in Texas. Pyle Transportation was placed under an “out-of-service order” by the Federal Motor …

GOP Facing Resistance to State Bills Shielding Drivers Who Hit Protesters

Republican lawmakers in six states have pushed this year for legal protections for motorists who hit protesters blocking traffic. Fairly or not, they’re facing an intense backlash now that violent images of a car ramming into a crowd protesting a …

Court: Former Work Comp Commissioner Can Sue Iowa over Alleged GOP Reprisals

In a landmark decision making it easier for citizens to sue government officials who violate their rights, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a Democratic appointee can seek damages for alleged political retaliation he suffered under former Republican Gov. Terry …

University of Iowa to Settle Sports Bias Lawsuits for $6.5M

The University of Iowa will pay $6.5 million to settle high-profile discrimination lawsuits filed by former athletic administrator Jane Meyer and her partner, former women’s field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, according to settlements released on May 19. Iowa will pay …

‘Bachelor’ Star Soules Arrested, Charged After Deadly Iowa Crash

Chris Soules, an Iowa farmer who starred on “The Bachelor” two years ago, was arrested on April 25 after authorities say he caused a traffic accident that killed a fellow farmer and fled the scene. Soules, who was portrayed as …