Lee Rood, The Des Moines Register

Lee Rood

The Des Moines Register

Des Moines, IA, United States

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Recent articles by Lee:

Four years after teen's starvation death, report says DHS failed to heed earliest signs of abuse

The report said severe staff reductions also hindered the Department of Human Services in the Natalie Finn case. → Read More

Pay raise? Levy cut? Polk County supervisors considering their options

The board is set to decide Tuesday whether a 3% bump in pay for elected officials is warranted. → Read More

State says repair shops in Des Moines, Clive improperly took cars from customers who didn't pay

Midas Auto Systems Experts Inc. this month agreed to stop misusing an Iowa lien law and taking possession of customers’ vehicles illegally when they can't pay their repair bills. According to allegations by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller in a legally binding agreement with the company, Midas filled out paperwork suggesting vehicles with unpaid repair bills had been sold to the company for… → Read More

Big bump in pay, benefits for Polk's elected officials delayed

The supervisors will meet again Feb. 11 after more deliberation → Read More

Auto-related concerns were top consumer complaints to Iowa attorney general in 2019

Iowa Consumer Protection Division issues its annual report. → Read More

Reader questions whether Des Moines snowplowing holds up in big storms

And the winner of the Golden Snowplow Award goes to... → Read More

'What Happens Next:' Six storytellers will share the rest of their stories

Each will tell a tale about the resiliency of the human spirit and the events that happen after a chapter has closed. → Read More

Watchdog year in review: Exposing outsized county spending, sex parlors, growing school violence

Responding to reader tips brought to light another year's worth of misdeeds, missteps and mistakes. → Read More

Iowa woman admits she hit 14-year-old with SUV because the girl 'is Mexican'

Nicole Franklin is charged with attempted murder for running down a 14-year-old as she walked to school. Police are considering hate crime charges. → Read More

Mailing your poop may seem like an alternative to a colonoscopy, but it could cost you

If your insurance pays for a colorectal cancer screening, be aware that tests like Cologuard could preclude full coverage of a follow-up colonoscopy. → Read More

State school board to consider revised rules for controversial seclusion, restraint practices at schools

Public comments obtained this fall across the state show how controversial the rooms have become → Read More

Major campaign contributor to state leaders gets wait-and-see on soccer stadium from Kim Reynolds

Krause, wife and Kum & Go PACs have given almost $750,000 in five years to gubernatorial candidates and legislators. → Read More

Iowa Museum Association criticizes the sale of Salisbury House's rare book collection

Grinnell College officials defend the sale and say the collection will help faculty, researchers and students. → Read More

Man asked about cruelty to a pig at the Iowa State Fair. He was ejected for life

Des Moines man who questioned cruelty to a pig says he was ejected for life from the Iowa State Fair. → Read More

Fed up with abandoned homes? Des Moines ramps up two programs that should make a difference

The city will devote about $3 million yearly toward tearing down nuisance homes. It's also planning to adopt a new property improvement code. → Read More

Indianola middle school didn't do enough to protect students from boy who groped several girls, mother says

Mother says her daughter's classmate assaulted or groped girls and the school did not protect them. → Read More

It's true: Iowa law requires dealers to first pay taxes before selling illegal drugs. But is it fair?

Des Moines woman who was convicted of dealing meth but not of breaking Iowa's drug tax stamp law is ordered to pay over $150,000 in tax and penalties. → Read More

Grinnell College will become home to Salisbury House's collection of rare books, documents

Sale of books, documents will help Salisbury House Foundation pay off nearly $2 million in debt. → Read More

How your Iowa Wild, state tournament, Barnstormer experience is about to improve

The Iowa Events Center will get a new $1.7 million sound system over the summer, 14 years after the facility opened. → Read More

Why are calls from Iowa jails among the most costly in US? State utilities board wants to know

A 15-minute call from the Polk County Jail costs about $2.25. In Audubon, Crawford or Pocahontas counties, it's $11. In Bremer, $14.10, survey found. → Read More