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AIDS research team in Iowa loses $1.38M grant due to faked study results

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Dong-Pyou Han
DES MOINES, Iowa -- An AIDS research team at Iowa State University will not get the final $1.38 million payment of a National Institutes of Health five-year grant after a team member admitted last year to faking research results, the NIH said Tuesday. One of the members of the research team, Dong-Pyou Han, has pleaded not guilty in federal court to four counts...

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Scientist pleads not guilty to faking HIV vaccine study

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Dong-Pyou Han
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A former Iowa State University scientist pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges alleging that he falsified research for an AIDS vaccine to secure millions of dollars in federal funding. Dong-Pyou Han, 57, entered his not guilty pleas to four counts of making false statements during his initial court appearance in Des Moines federal court.

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Federal prosecutors charge scientist in major HIV vaccine fraud case

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Responding to a major case of research misconduct, federal prosecutors have taken the rare step of filing charges against a scientist after he admitted falsifying data that led to millions in grants and hopes of a breakthrough in AIDS vaccine research. Investigators say former Iowa State University laboratory manager Dong-Pyou Han ...

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Iowa Supreme Court reverses conviction in HIV criminalization case

| Friday, June 13, 2014
Nick Rhoades
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday threw out the conviction of a man who pleaded guilty to criminal transmission of HIV, a victory to activists who say laws in many states are outdated and based on fear instead of medical science.

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Iowa newspaper fires editor for blogging about gays’ ‘sinful nature’

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Bob-Eschliman
NEWTON, Iowa — The editor of the Newton Daily News has been fired a week after he posted in a personal blog a message that said gay rights advocates are trying to reword the Bible "to make their sinful nature 'right with God.'"

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Iowa Legislature updates HIV transmission law with ‘lesser penalties’

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Legislature has sent to the governor a measure lessening the penalties for people who unknowingly expose someone to HIV with no intention of infecting them.

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Baby dies in teen’s custody after taken from lesbian couple days before adoption

| Friday, April 25, 2014
Rachel and Heidi McFarland with baby Gabriel.
ANKENY, Iowa -- A teenage father is charged with neglect in connection with the death of a 4-month-old boy after the infant was taken from a lesbian couple who were just days away from finalizing his adoption.

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Iowa Supreme Court hears appeal of man convicted of HIV notification law

| Monday, March 10, 2014
Nick Rhoades
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Supreme Court is considering whether to uphold the conviction of an Iowa man with HIV who was imprisoned for not telling a partner he carried the virus when they had sex in 2008.

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Poll: Iowa voters concede gay marriage has had no negative effect on their lives

| Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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Almost five years after the Iowa Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, 78 percent of voters in the state say it's either had a positive impact or no impact at all on their lives.

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Clerk says he was chastised for ‘feminine behavior,’ fired because he’s gay

| Monday, February 24, 2014
The Des  Moines RegisterWayne Shimer
DES MOINES, Iowa -- An Iowa man is suing a convenience store chain he claims fired him because he's gay, and alleges in court documents that he was chastised by his former boss for "feminine behavior."

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