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:

Iowans don't throw out this debit card stimulus payment coronavirus-covid-19

AG's office says Iowans may think the cards are a scam. → Read More

Controversy mounts over notorious Iowa county attorney given a second chance

James Barry temporarily lost his law license after a kickback scandal more than a decade ago; he recently became the Muscatine County Attorney → Read More

Coronavirus: How do you ward off an invisible killer if you don't know where it is?

Roughly 30 states give more detailed geographic breakdowns of COVID-19 cases than Iowa. Experts say more specific data can help prioritize resources. → Read More

IRS says stimulus money sent to dead Americans must be returned

Across the country, people are receiving $1,200 stimulus payments for those who died in 2018 and 2019. The IRS wants that money back. → Read More

Attorneys general, including Iowa's, warn stores, sites to monitor for price gouging

The Iowa Attorney General's Office is investigating about 50 formal complaints alleging price gouging. → Read More

8 things you can do right now to protect your money, credit and finances during the coronavirus crisis

Here are some ways to fight back if the pandemic gives you the financial flu. → Read More

Working harder in anxious times, mental health providers getting paid less for safer service

Counseling online or via phone is safer, but they receive reduced reimbursement for it. → Read More

Don't fall for coronavirus scams: What you need to know to avoid fraud

Con artists strike when people are afraid or confused. → Read More

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