Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

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 …

Opposition Growing Against Iowa 911 Secrecy Bill

Civil rights groups, media advocates and some lawmakers are opposing an Iowa bill that would end public access to many 911 calls, a broadly-worded measure that also could shield some police videos. The bill declares that 911 calls involving injured …

Iowa Firefighter Test Scandal Could Affect 560 Fire Departments

Fire departments in nearly every pocket of Iowa have members who were awarded nationally-recognized certifications by the state fire academy despite failing their tests, according to documents released. The Fire Service Training Bureau has sent letters to 560 departments, a …

Iowa in Middle of Debate Over ‘Shadow Insurance’ Deals

For cash-strapped life insurance companies, the deal sounds almost too good to be true: A state law allows them to create complex financial instruments to transfer liabilities to new subsidiaries, instantly wiping huge debts off their books. So-called “shadow insurance” …