(Des Moines, IA) -- Jury selection is underway in a civil trial accusing former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad of pressuring a state official to quit because he's gay. Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey sued on the grounds of discrimination seven years ago. Godfrey, a Democrat, couldn't legally be fired, but he says Branstad pressured him to step down by cutting his salary. Branstad is now the U-S ambassador to China and he will return to Iowa to give testimony next week.
(Fort Madison, IA) -- The Lee County Sheriff's Department says an Illinois man "undoubtedly" saved his five-year-old daughter's life when she was attacked by a dog last week. It cost 33-year-old Robert Quick of Dallas City his life. Deputies had to shoot the large dog when it wouldn't release another man it had pinned on his back in a yard. First responders say Quick asked them to help his daughter first because she had been bitten on the face.
(Des Moines, IA) -- The Iowa Attorney General's Office is asking the four Catholic dioceses of Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque and Sioux City to provide information on records of clergy sexual abuse. Attorney General Tom Miller’s spokesman Lynn Hicks says the Des Moines and Sioux City diocese have already done so and the others say they will also release the information. Hicks says they have also set up a hotline to ask survivors to report information. He says it is not likely that any new charges would come out of the cases because they happened so long ago – and the statute of limitations is up for most of the cases.
(The hotline to confidentially report information on past abuse is 855-620-7000. You can also fill out a questionnaire on the Attorney General's website at www.iowaattorneygeneral.gov.)
(Omaha, NE) -- The monthly survey by Creighton University shows severe weather and trade troubles are at the root of an economic slowdown in Iowa and eight other states. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says Iowa's economy sank below "growth neutral" for the second month in a row, while the Midwest region as a whole is doing slightly better overall -- but not by much. Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and Oklahoma all recorded overall indices below growth neutral for the month of May. The survey found almost two-thirds of manufacturers indicated trade skirmishes were making it more difficult to purchase from abroad, while almost one-fourth of supply managers reported ordering early to avoid expanding tariffs.