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Noon Newscast 8.20.19: Malpractice Lawsuit, Presidential Forum and Butterflies


A malpractice lawsuit involving a Sioux City plastic surgeon got underway this morning in Dickinson County District Court in Spirit Lake.  That’s according to the Clerk of Court.    

The trial was scheduled for Woodbury County District Court.  But, a judge granted a change-of-venue in the case.

The trial involves a woman who says Dr. Adam Smith used breast implants instead of butt implants during a cosmetic procedure.

The Iowa State Medical Board says Dr. Smith failed to provide appropriate care to 17 patients from December 2014 to September of 2017.  A hearing before the board is scheduled for October.

Dr. Smith told Siouxland Public Media News in an interview after the medical board action last month, he expects to be vindicated.


It’s the second day of the Frank LaMere Presidential Candidate Forum on Native American issues.  The forum is hosted by Four Directions and Native Organizers Alliance and co-hosted by organizations including Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes, National Congress of American Indians, and United South and Eastern Tribes.

Speakers today are 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Senators Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, and former Representatives Joe Sestak and John Delaney.

Some western Iowa fields are getting sprayed to get rid of painted lady butterflies that have proven problematic for soybean crops.   

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Iowa State University Extension field agronomist Joel DeJong says the agricultural community believes this year's influx of the painted lady butterfly, or thistle caterpillar, is the largest ever in Siouxland.

DeJong says painted lady butterflies have been known to chew half of the leaf area on soybeans.

That led farmers to hire flying crews to begin spraying an insecticide.

The painted lady butterfly normally passes through the region but is spending more time there than usual.

DeJong says the region's current climate has enabled the thistle caterpillars to thrive.

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.
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