Former Governor Terry Branstad

U.S. Government

Former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, the U.S. Ambassador to China, will step down early next month.  This will end  a three-year tenure marked by a trade war and increasingly bitter relations between the world’s two largest economies. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing says Branstad confirmed his decision in a phone call with President Donald Trump last week. It did not give a reason for his departure.

Siouxland Public Media

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.

Siouxland Public Media

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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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says we can expect increased runoff for the Upper Missouri River Basin this year because snow is melting very slowly 

The forecast for the upper basin this year is now nearly 200 percent above average.

The Corps’ Kevin Grode (GROE-dee) says if that level is reached, 2019 would be the second highest runoff year on record in more than 120 years.

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A Sioux City food pantry that serves more than 5,000 people a month is being evicted because the building it operates from has been sold.

The Midtown Family Community Center houses the food pantry, a free Saturday meal, and a 4-H program.  Boys and Girls Home Inc. owns the building and had allowed the community center to use the building rent-free. But the building was sold last month. Boys and Girls Home is moving its programs to a centralized campus at the site of the former Indian Hills shopping center.

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May 10, 2019
Nebraska Farm Bureau

A new report says a nearly $200 million decline in Nebraska's agricultural exports in 2017 was driven by President Donald Trump's threats to impose tariffs on U.S. trading partners.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau report attributes the drop to decreases in soybean and corn exports, while beef and pork exports both increased in 2017.

The findings come as Trump imposed his latest tariff hike on Chinese goods Friday. 

A bill to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes in Nebraska has advanced out of a legislative committee.  It will now go to the full Unicameral for debate.

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Congressman Steve King today responded to a campaign contribution made by former Governor Terry Branstad to one of his challengers.

State Senator Randy Feenstra from Hull is one of three Republicans trying to oust King.

He brought in four times more campaign cash than King during the first three months of this year.   One of the donors is Branstad, who is now the U.S. Ambassador to China.

“He’s over there in China.  I hope he’s putting more energy in the Chinese trade deal than primary politics in Iowa,” said Steve King.

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Randy Feenstra, one of the three fellow Republicans trying to oust U.S. Rep. Steve King, brought in four times more campaign cash than the congressman over the first three months of the 2019-20 election cycle.

King's campaign organization reported he raised a little more than 61 thousand dollars for the first quarter, which trailed the $260 thousand raised by Feenstra, a state senator from Hull, Iowa.  Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who is now the U.S. Ambassador to China, donated to Feenstra’s campaign.

New Gov. Reynolds Chooses Acting Lt. Governor

May 25, 2017

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