Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., July 6th 2014


July 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — A former Lee County maintenance worker who sued under Iowa’s whistleblower law is asking the state Supreme Court to reverse a lower court’s ruling setting aside the $186,000 that a jury awarded him. Rick Carter has appealed the judge’s ruling from 2013. Carter’s lawsuit claims he was fired in 2010 because he reported problems with the Lee County Jail and accused the county board of malfeasance.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man has filed a federal lawsuit accusing officials of violating his constitutional free speech rights when they ordered him to stop preaching on public sidewalks outside the Iowa State Fair. Jason Powell hopes the lawsuit will deter officials from trying to keep him from preaching outside this year’s state fair. Powell’s lawsuit says he was on a public sidewalk last August when a security guard told him to go to the other side of the street or be arrested.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Police have identified a man stabbed to death Friday as 52-year-old Douglas Richt of Council Bluffs. Officers responding to a disturbance report found Richt with a stab wound to his neck on the front porch of a Council Bluffs home. Police believe 45-year-old Jodie Sherman stabbed Richt during an argument. She was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City officials have extended a survey of consumers and retailers as the city considers ways to restrict businesses’ use of plastic bags. In June, the city launched a monthlong survey asking people and businesses how they use plastic bags. City environmental services analyst Melissa Campbell says the survey was scheduled to end yesterday, but will be extended at least two more weeks.