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:

Polk Supervisor Matt McCoy seeks to join libel, extortion lawsuit against fellow supervisors and county

The county denies the suit's allegations, which include a claim of a political vendetta against McCoy → Read More

Zero-tolerance marijuana law means Iowans can get an OWI without being impaired. Is that law fair?

As legal marijuana use spreads in states across the nation, devising a reasonable standard for judging impaired driving becomes a bigger challenge. → Read More

Zero-tolerance marijuana law means Iowans can get an OWI without being impaired. Is that law fair?

As legal marijuana use spreads in states across the nation, devising a reasonable standard for judging impaired driving becomes a bigger challenge. → Read More

Coming soon to an Iowa town near you: $220 million windfall of federal aid

The cities can use it for purposes that include water, sewer and broadband investment and programs that directly support workers and small businesses. → Read More

Polk County dumps Crow Tow after complaints of thefts, high fees and poor customer service

Iowa Attorney General's Office says regulation of towing industry needed. → Read More

Buying a house in the Des Moines metro's hot market? Here's what you need to know about disclosure

Sellers' transparency can help avoid costly problems after a sale. Here's what to know about disclosure. → Read More

Polk County buildings housing government offices to fully reopen June 1

The Polk County treasurer and recorder will continue making appointments for those who want to schedule them. → Read More

Contractor who left Des Moines says he's working on getting criminal charge against him dismissed

Tyler Stache, the owner of two Des Moines appliance repair businesses, faces a felony charge and several lawsuits in Polk and Dallas counties. → Read More

National, Iowa organizations for the blind issue apologies, launch preventive training after allegations of sexual assault, misconduct

The National Federation of the Blind says the remedial measures are to help victims and survivors 'heal from past trauma' → Read More

National, Iowa organizations for the blind issue apologies, launch preventive training after allegations of sexual assault, misconduct

The National Federation of the Blind says the remedial measures are to help victims and survivors 'heal from past trauma' → Read More

To kill or modernize: Legislators gnaw on what to do with Iowa's outdated bottle bill

Some measures would repeal the law; others would increase transparency. But no comprehensive legislation has been introduced to modernize the system. → Read More

Alarmed central Iowa leaders plan to meet this week on coronavirus spread

Leaders plan to meet as soon as possible to discuss sending a letter to Reynolds asking for more mitigation → Read More

2-plus months after Iowa governor lifted hiatus on can and bottle redemptions, Fareway still defying law

Chain says it is offering coupons for those who want deposits back on its own brands, which other grocers won't take. → Read More

Two greyhound owners banned from racing in Iowa as animal torture probe continues

19 dogs that raced in Dubuque pulled from facilities that used live animals as training bait. → Read More

Leaders in Iowa's biggest cities and counties say they don't trust the state's coronavirus numbers

“The whole thing has been a ruse from the beginning,” says Rod Sullivan, chairman of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. → Read More

A week after the derecho, many struggle to find shelter for Cedar Rapids refugees

Supporters of refugees form group to build local support → Read More

Kim Reynolds increasingly an outlier when it comes to mask mandates with COVID-19 pandemic

The approval rating for Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' handing of the COVID-19 pandemic has fallen as she resists entreaties for a statewide mask order. → Read More

Been hanging onto your gift cards? Now would be the time to use them

Commercial bankruptcies are expected to climb as the pandemic continues across U.S., and unusued gift cards are vulnerable. → Read More

As Fareway defies 'bottle bill' requirements, grocers join call for more fairness on exemptions

Iowa grocers contend that the state arbitrarily allows some retailers to skip out on redeeming bottles and cans for deposits → Read More

Still haven't paid all your March property taxes? Now would be a good time

County treasurers aren't planning tax sales just yet, but interest will begin to accrue, and another payment is due in September. → Read More