A former prosecutor in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office will run for state auditor in 2018.Rob Sand, a Democrat, announced his candidacy Monday in Decorah, pledging to ramp up the office’s role as a taxpayers’ watchdog by adding full-time financial investigators and creating a unit dedicated to improving efficiency within state and local government.“Due to the state’s current fiscal crisis, we need an independent auditor who dares to call a spade a spade regardless of partisanship,” Sand said in a statement announcing his candidacy. “I’ve prosecuted Republicans and Democrats and will continue to ignore partisan affiliation as State Auditor.”Sand, 35, of Des Moines worked as an assistant attorney general from 2010 until earlier this year when he resigned to run for office. During that time, he has prosecuted public corruption and financial crimes, including the “Hot Lotto” case in which an Iowa employee at a multi-state … [Read more...] about Democrat Rob Sand will run for Iowa auditor in 2018
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EAST LANSING – Michigan State basketball star Miles Bridges hangs out in his apartment, watching TV with his teammates, petting Calypso, his fluffy grey cat. “To me, it’s weird,” says Tum Tum Nairn Jr., his roommate. “He’s a great kid, unbelievable person, but you would never look at Miles and think, ‘That’s a guy who has a cat.’ ”Then again, Bridges is full of surprises.This is a guy who grew up in Flint and has an image of the city's skyline tattooed across his back, and yet, he is obsessed with watching the cartoon, “SpongeBob SquarePants.” “I love SpongeBob,” Bridges says, enthusiastically. “I watch it all the time. ... It just brings me back to my childhood.”This is a guy who used to get homesick at AAU basketball tournaments, but decided to leave home at 15 and move in with strangers so he could play basketball at prestigious Huntington … [Read more...] about How Michigan State’s Miles Bridges blazed trail to basketball stardom
COLUMBIA, Mo. — A pair of five-star freshmen — one playing for Iowa State and the other for Missouri — will be on display Friday when this new era of Cyclones men’s basketball opens.And it'll be starring … well, your guess is as good as mine.This team that starts the season at Mizzou Arena at 8 p.m. (SEC Network) is loaded with players that haven’t even run up and down the court for a Steve Prohm-coached outfit.A true freshman, five-star recruit Lindell Wigginton, will start at point guard for the first time at Iowa State since Monte Morris opened against Oklahoma on Feb. 1, 2014. Three others are expected to be first-time Cyclones starters.The first player off the bench could be a graduate transfer from Old Dominion. The next ? Another true freshman.Both will try to defend 6-foot-10 Michael Porter Jr., the five-star rookie on Missouri’s floor, and an Associated Press preseason All-American who will likely be in the pros at this … [Read more...] about Peterson: Cyclones’ fresh start begins with an NBA lottery challenge in Michael Porter Jr.
AMES, Ia. — Terrence Lewis will play on Friday. That much we learned while talking with Steve Prohm.But Cameron Lard?Iowa State’s men’s basketball coach isn’t saying when the guy who’s being compared to Jameel McKay will return — except that it won’t happen for Friday’s game at Missouri, and that it won’t happen at Hilton Coliseum on Monday against Milwaukee, either.If the 6-foot-9 Lard plays against Appalachian State next Thursday in the Puerto Rico Tipoff in Myrtle Beach, S.C. — as anticipated — that’ll mean he’ll have been withheld for 10 percent of the regular season. He’ll have missed three games, counting the exhibition.“He’ll be with us shortly, but he won’t be at Missouri,” Prohm said before practice Wednesday. “He’s been terrific. He’s been making steps in the right direction.“He’s been practicing well. We’ll get him back shortly … [Read more...] about Peterson: Terrence Lewis is back for Iowa State … but who guards Michael Porter Jr. with Cameron Lard out?
DES MOINES, Iowa — It was one of those feel-good moments that lotteries love to promote when “Lucky Larry” Dawson smiled as he claimed a $9 million jackpot, surrounded by kids and grandkids. But five years later, the Iowa man could become a key player in a barrage of litigation that threatens to cost state lotteries tens of millions of dollars in damages in an insider jackpot-rigging scandal. A Des Moines law firm filed a lawsuit Wednesday on Dawson’s behalf seeking to declare that his Hot Lotto jackpot in May 2011 should have been nearly three times as big, had the previous one not been fixed. EX-LOTTERY OFFICIAL RIGGED SYSTEM TO WIN $14 MILLION It’s the first in what could be several lawsuits filed by players who claim they were ripped off in games allegedly rigged over several years by Eddie Tipton, former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association. Tipton has been convicted of rigging a … [Read more...] about Iowa grandfather who won $9 million lottery jackpot sues for $10 million more because of jackpot-rigging scandal
DES MOINES, Iowa — A former lottery security official was found guilty Monday of rigging a computerized Hot Lotto game so he could win a $14 million jackpot then trying to get acquaintances to cash the prize for him without revealing his identity. Prosecutors said Eddie Tipton inserted a stealth program into the computer that randomly picked the numbers then deleted it so it could not be detected. Although Tipton, 52, never got his hands on the winning total, he was charged with two counts of fraud. Jurors found him guilty Monday after just five hours of deliberation. Tipton declined to comment after the verdict. Tipton, of Norwalk, had been working for the Des Moines-based Multi-State Lottery Association since 2003 and was promoted to information security director in 2013. The nonprofit association is operated by 37 mostly state-run lotteries to oversee picking numbers for various games and other lottery game administrative functions. As an employee, Tipton was … [Read more...] about Ex-lottery worker in Iowa convicted of rigging system to win $14 million
DES MOINES — For more than a year while he worked at the Brick Street Market in Bondurant, Iowa, Matthew Hinrichs quietly stole lottery tickets, cashing in at least $28,000 in illegitimate prize money, prosecutors say.When he was finally caught in 2016, Hinrichs pleaded guilty to two felony counts of fraud and was ordered to pay back those winnings, plus nearly $5,000 more.Lottery officials say their “layers of security” allowed them to track Hinrichs’ activity, providing data that was invaluable to prosecutors in obtaining the conviction. But critics see the case far differently, saying Hinrichs’ crime could have been spotted much sooner — or prevented altogether — if the Iowa Lottery had fixed weaknesses in its system that were spotted years earlier.The Iowa Ombudsman in 2009 recommended a host of fixes to address those security weaknesses, including banning lottery retail employees from playing in the stores where … [Read more...] about Why did a state lottery decline fixes to stop fraud? Blame the money, critics say.
LOUISVILLE— Kentucky is the favorite to win the national championship, and it is obvious the Wildcats’ future in the NCAA Tournament is heavily tied to freshman point guard Marquis Teague.John Calipari has produced a long line of great point guards, beginning with Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans at Memphis and then John Wall and Brandon Knight in the Bluegrass, who all became NBA lottery picks. Teague, however, is not in their class. He is a work in progress, a shoot-first player in the first month who turned the corner in the final month of the season, only to revert back to his bad habits in an SEC championship game loss to Vanderbilt when he went scoreless. CHEERING OUR WAY THROUGH THE NCAA TOURNAMENT The 6-1 Teague was on top of his game Saturday night, scoring a career-high 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting and contributing seven assists with just two turnovers as Kentucky defeated ambitious Iowa State, 87-71, in a Round of 32 game in the South Region. “I was just … [Read more...] about 2012 NCAA Tournament: Kentucky advances to Sweet 16 in comfortable victory over Iowa State Cyclones
© Copyright 2017, Des Moines Register and Tribune Co.The mastermind behind a national lottery scam says he warned officials about a glitch in computer-generated drawings 11 years ago, but “nobody seemed too worried,” his lawyer revealed in an exclusive interview.The same glitch — involving identical numbers drawn consecutively or nearly consecutively — occurred again in the past two weeks in Arizona, prompting state officials to offer players a refund.Eddie Tipton’s new behind-bars revelation, paired with the duplicate number drawings in Arizona, indicate ongoing problems that threaten the integrity of U.S. lottery systems, critics contend.“How many of these types of events need to occur before you do in fact create that perception of 'Why play? It’s rigged anyway?'" asked Dan Zitting an executive of ACL, a software company based in Vancouver, Canada, that works with more than 900 state and federal government agencies. … [Read more...] about Lottery scam mastermind: I warned officials about a gaming glitch 11 years ago. Now it’s back.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State has hired Murray State’s Steve Prohm as its men’s basketball coach. Cyclones athletic director Jamie Pollard confirmed Monday that Prohm will replace Fred Hoiberg, who left last week after five seasons to take over the Chicago Bulls. The 40-year-old Prohm was 104-29 in four years at Murray State. He led the Racers to 29 wins, including a 16-0 regular-season mark in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2014-15. RELATED: RYSHEED JORDAN DONE AT ST. JOHN'S Prohm takes over an Iowa State team that could open next season ranked in the top 10. The Cyclones return six of their top eight scorers from last season, when they won their second straight Big 12 tournament. Prohm, who has agreed to a five-year deal with a base salary of $1.5 million per year, will be introduced at a news conference on Tuesday. “Steve’s personal values, style of play and proven success as a head coach make him an outstanding choice to be our next … [Read more...] about Iowa State hires Steve Prohm as Fred Hoiber’s replacement