Iowa settles stalking lawsuit filed by 3 workers
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa is settling a lawsuit filed by three men who worked at the Department of Revenue and claimed they were harassed by another male coworker who followed them into the restroom and secretly videotaped them. The lawsuit was filed by Daniel Wagner, Lloyd Lofton and Joshua Bates, who claim when they reported Kenneth Neal Kerr’s intrusive behavior to supervisors they failed to appropriately act, and it continued for several years.
AG GAG LAW-IOWA
Judge halts enforcement of Iowa’s newest ag-gag law
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal court judge says the state of Iowa cannot enforce its latest attempt to stifle undercover investigations of livestock farms and denied the state’s efforts to dismiss a lawsuit challenging this year’s so-called ag-gag law. The Republican-led legislature passed the state’s second such law in March, two months after a federal judge struck down the previous 2012 law, saying it violated constitutional free-speech rights.
ABORTION PROTESTERS-LEGAL FEES
Iowa will pay anti-abortion protesters’ legal bills
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa has agreed to pay $130,000 in legal bills for two eastern Iowa anti-abortion rights protesters who successfully challenged a portion of the state’s disorderly conduct law. Anthony Miano and Nicholas Rolland frequently read aloud from the Bible and preach on public sidewalks outside abortion clinics. They sued last year after Miano was found in violation of a law making it a simple misdemeanor to create loud and raucous noise near residences or public buildings.
DES MOINES DEATH
Des Moines police investigating death of man found in car
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say they are investigating the death of a man found inside a car with a gunshot wound. Police say it’s considered a suspicious death. Officers and medics were called to the car Monday afternoon in the Sherman Hill neighborhood, just west of downtown. After finding the man, officers and then medics initiated CPR and he was taken to a hospital, where he died a short time later. The man’s name wasn’t immediately released.
Survey suggests economy slowing down in 9 Midwest states
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new monthly survey of business leaders suggests the economy is slowing down in nine Midwest and Plains states as the U.S. trade war with China continues. The overall index for the region slipped into negative territory at 48.6 in November from October’s 52.6.
US proposes tariffs on up to $2.4 billion in French imports
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing tariffs on up to $2.4 billion worth of French imports _ from Roquefort cheese to handbags. It’s in retaliation for a new French tax on American tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says that France’s digital services tax discriminates against U.S. companies and says the tariffs could reach 100%.