Bowie State awards posthumous degree to slain student

Matt McCoy

2 abuse cases, 2 very different responses by Iowa lawmakers

The death of a 16-year-old Iowa girl has led to finger-pointing at the Legislature, and it's an indication of how much has changed in the 17 years since the death of another child prompted a bipartisan inquiry and passage of legislation to protect children from abuse.

Five months after the death of Natalie Finn, Republican lawmakers have been split over whether to investigate her treatment. The governor has criticized a senator who spoke out about the case and Democrats have accused GOP leaders of being reluctant to take up the matter because of possible questions about reduced state staffing.

The response was different after the January 2000 death of Shelby Duis, a...