USDA forecasters say Iowa may have cooler-than-normal temperatures and much less rainfall throughout June. But, that’s not necessarily good for farmers.
Meteorologist Dennis Todey, director of the USDA’s Midwest Climate Hub in Ames, says the rainy spell we’ve been enduring for months is over. Todey says much of the month ahead will be cooler than usual and may not bring Iowa’s acres of corn and soybeans the warmth they need to mature.
Todey says the area could still have a lot of storms but those are less effective than regular precipitation. Also, Todey explains that we don’t have a lot of capacity in the state’s hydrologic system in the soils and the rivers, so even minor rainfall amounts can cause some problems.”
Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says a trial that is looking into his treatment of gay state official is unconstitutional. Branstad has filed a request to the state Supreme Court to stop that civil trial now in its fourth day,
Branstad attorney Frank Harty says that the trial judge is allowing Christopher Godfrey to put on trial Branstad's positions on gay marriage and the Republican Party's "anti-gay" views.
Former Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner Christopher Godfrey says he was pressured to quit after Branstad took over as governor in 2010 and cut his pay cut by a third. Godfrey claims it was because he's gay. Branstad denies he knew Godfrey was gay.
Students signed up for University of Nebraska health insurance will be paying nearly 19% more for premiums next year, but the university will cover a 234% increase in the plans' out-of-pocket maximums.