Local

Juvenile Home Could Go Private

Photo: WNAX AM

Juvenile Home Could Go Private

Governor Terry Branstad is suggesting the state should consider having a private organization take over the management of the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo. The home’s superintendent quit earlier this year after members of a group called Disability Rights Iowa visited the facility and found three young women being held in isolation cells, one for nearly a year. Branstad, a Republican, says a nonprofit organization might do a better job running the home.

The Iowa Juvenile Home provides housing, treatment and schooling for up to 57 kids with behavioral problems. The home is run by the Iowa Department of Human Services. Senator Jack Hatch, chair of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, believes the DHS should remain in charge of the home.

Hatch is also criticizing Branstad over the fact that a new superintendent for the home has yet to be hired.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Utility Frustrated With River Nitrate Management

WaterTap

Iowa’s largest water utility is restarting special equipment to remove nitrates from the water it uses from the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers to its customers.

in Local

Nebraska Governor Not to Support Death Penalty Repeal

prison

Governor Pete Ricketts finds himself at odds with the legislature after a week in which the Unicameral passed a number of crime bills.

in Local

Sioux City Teens Hospitalized, One Dead After Smoking Synthetic Drug

Medical Stethoscope

A Sioux City teenager died and three others were hospitalized after police say they became ill while smoking a synthetic drug.

in Local

Nebraska Legislators Debate Death Penalty Repeal

needle

Nebraska legislators have given preliminary approval to a bill to do away with the death penalty.

in National, World

6 Minnesota men charged with conspiring to support Islamic State

islamicstate

They were arrested as part of a yearlong FBI investigation into people trying to travel to Syria to join Islamic State.