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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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Fleet Farm has been named the new arena partner with the Tyson Events Center. A multiyear partnership agreement will mean the Gordon Drive facility will now be called the Tyson Events Center/Fleet Farm Arena.

Tyson event center general manager Tim Savana said today that this new partnership complements the event center naming rights with Tyson, replacing Gateway as the arena name.  Savana works for Spectra, the providers of Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality and Partnerships for the facility.

The Democratic National Committee will recommend scrapping state plans to offer virtual, telephone-based caucuses in 2020 due to security concerns, sources tell The Associated Press.   

The final choice whether to allow virtual caucuses in Iowa and Nevada is up to the party's powerful Rules and Bylaws Committee.

The state parties had planned to allow some voters to cast caucus votes over the telephone in February 2020 instead of showing up at traditional caucus meetings.

Briar Cliff University faces a lawsuit from a former president of the college.

The Sioux City Journal reports Hamid Shirvani file the suit, alleges fraudulent inducement of contract, but details of the claim are currently sealed because of sensitive information in an employment contract.

Shirvani announced his resignation in July of 2017 after 14 months on the job.

A Polk County judge has dismissed a case seeking to overturn a law denying transgender Iowans Medicaid coverage for gender-affirming surgery.

The ACLU of Iowa filed the lawsuit on behalf of two transgender plaintiffs. It targets a provision passed by the Iowa legislature in April that would allow organizations using public insurance dollars to opt-out of covering the surgery.

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A trial has begun in Polk County challenging Iowa’s voter ID law.

lawyers for a Latino civil rights group and a college student say the law unconstitutionally infringes upon Iowans exercising their right to vote. 

Attorney Bruce Spiva (spy-vuh) says these provisions put burdens on the right to vote that outweigh any potential benefits. 

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Sioux City School District Superintendent Paul Gausman could receive a nearly 2 percent raise tonight, boosting his annual pay to more than $243 thousand dollars.  Last year, Gausman asked to board to freeze his salary

At its meeting tonight, the school board will vote on a new three-year contract for Gausman.  He has been Sioux City school superintendent for 11 years.

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Former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was questioned on the witness stand in a crowded Polk County courtroom today (Friday). Branstad was asked why he called for Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey to resign after taking office in 2011.

Godfrey claims it was because he is gay, but Branstad disputed that saying he supports advances in gay rights. Godfrey’s attorney, Paige Fiedler (FID-ler), asked Branstad about his actions as governor.

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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.

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Iowa is joining four other states in suing a drug company and its former president over actions related to the marketing of the drug OxyContin. Attorney General Tom Miller announced today that Iowa had filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma and Richard Sackler, the company's former president and chairman. The suit claims Purdue engaged in unfair, deceptive and unlawful practices in how it marketed OxyContin, helping to cause a national opioid crisis. The company denied the allegations.