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Panel Focuses on Veterans Home

DES MOINES, IA (AP) - The Senate Government Oversight Committee continues its investigation into executive branch practices with a hearing focused on construction projects at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.

The committee Monday placed seven witnesses under oath to discern whether state bidding practices were followed and money was appropriately spent on construction projects designed to update and expand the housing facilities at the home.

About $100 million in projects were authorized by the Legislature and were eligible for federal grants that pay 65 percent of the costs. The first project began in 2008.

Democratic Sen. Matt McCoy says he's concerned money has been misspent and companies were hired without proper bid procedures.

The committee set another meeting for June 25 to again turn the focus on secret settlement agreements.

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