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A decision by the Iowa Supreme Court overturned a landmark ruling for a former state official with Siouxland ties who sued the former Governor of Iowa.

Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer has the story.

The Iowa Supreme Court overturned a $1.5 million dollar jury verdict saying there was no evidence former Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated or retaliated against a state official who is gay.

“To some extent it is not unexpected, but the decision itself is bizarre.”

Nebraska plans to stop reporting coronavirus numbers online after Wednesday. The state Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that it plans to retire the online dashboard that it has used to report statistics on the coronavirus pandemic for more than a year. The current state virus emergency also is set to expire on Wednesday, and along with that Nebraska will eliminate the last few social distancing guidelines that remain in place. As of its final update Wednesday, the state had reported 224,488 virus cases and 2,261 deaths linked to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

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The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad did not illegally discriminate or retaliate against a gay state official — overturning a landmark $1.5 million jury verdict. The court on Wednesday found a lack of evidence to show Branstad, a former U.S. ambassador to China, discriminated against then-Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey because of his sexual orientation.

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The organization “One Iowa” works to advance, empower and improve the lives of LGBTQ Iowans statewide. 

This fall, Courtney Reyes was named Executive Director of “One Iowa”. 

She recently visited Sioux City and talked to Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about her new post, future goals and her thoughts of inclusiveness in northwest Iowa.

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A district court judge has rejected a request by former Gov. Terry Branstad’s lawyers to set aside a jury verdict that concluded Branstad discriminated against a former state official because he’s gay.

The ruling  rejects dozens of arguments, including challenges to legal rulings during trial and jury instructions.

Branstad’s attorneys asked the judge to set aside the July 15 jury verdict of $1.5 million awarded to former Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey.

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On “The Exchange” this week, Siouxland Public Media talks to two Democratic presidential candidates who recently visited Siouxland.  Hear from Sioux City native Chris Godfrey who was recently involved a discrimination lawsuit against former Gov. Terry Branstad.  We also commemorate Veterans Day at with a special ceremony at Western Iowa Tech Community College.  Plus, the latest on agricultural concerns for producers in northwest Iowa with an expert from ISU Extension and Outreach.

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A Sioux City native who successfully sued former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad for discrimination received a special commendation from the city of Sioux City.  

This summer a jury awarded Chris Godfrey who was the state’s former Workers’ Compensation Commissioner $1.5 million.   

Godfrey attended an event in support of the LGBTQ group oneiowa at St. Mark Lutheran Church on Monday, November 11, 2019.

Before speaking about his legal battle that started back in 2012, Sioux City Council Member Rhonda Capron made a surprise announcement.

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An Ocheyedan man who burned four L-G-B-T-Q themed children’s library books last year has been ordered to pay a fine for his criminal mischief charge.  Paul Dorr was sentenced in Sioux County District Court today (Tuesday). He was ordered to pay $65-dollars plus a 35 percent surcharge and court fees. The fine is the minimum amount for his charge. In October, Dorr recorded himself on video burning four children’s library books with lesbian, gay and bisexual themes. It was mostly in protest to a pride festival happening in Orange City. 

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The Iowa Attorney General’s Office says it has set up a hotline for people to call in and report clergy abuse. The office says 8 trained advocates will take down information from survivors. The office also has 10 alternates to answer calls.

Tim Lennon is a Sioux City native with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. He’s been asking for this.

(0603lennon   0:12) We understand that because most victims never come forward, there needs to be easy access for them to report some of these crimes.