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Iowa Supreme Court Rules on Investigative Reports, SPM News, 4:04

04.05.19 404

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that police departments can keep investigative reports secret even after an inquiry has concluded.

The finding is significant because it could be used by municipalities to justify withholding a range of documents, including video, from the public and media.

The court ruled Friday that an exemption to the Iowa Open Records Act for police reports does not apply only to ongoing investigations. 

Justice Thomas Waterman says police only have to release the "immediate facts and circumstances" of a crime or incident under the law.

Democratic Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke is taking some heat for comments he made last night at a campaign stop at Morningside college.

The Republican Jewish Coalition is accusing Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke of "demeaning" the memories of Holocaust victims by likening President Donald Trump's rhetoric on immigrants to that used in Nazi Germany.

In a statement Friday, Executive Director Matt Brooks said O'Rourke "should be embarrassed to resort to Nazi name-calling against President Trump instead of putting forward serious ideas for voters to consider."

Randy Feenstra, in the first months of seeking to oust fellow Republican Steve King in the Iowa 4th congressional district seat in the 2020 election, announced he has raised more than $260,000.

Feenstra in a Friday release to the Journal summarized fundraising for the first three months of the year. He said the $260,000 marks the highest amount ever raised over the first quarter by any first-time Republican congressional candidate in Iowa.

Feenstra, a state senator from Hull, announced in January he would run against King.

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