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Iowa early News Headlines: Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, 2019


December 3rd, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa on Monday agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by three men who worked at the Department of Revenue and claimed they were harassed by another male coworker who followed them into the restroom and secretly videotaped them. The lawsuit was filed by Daniel Wagner, Lloyd Lofton and Joshua Bates, who claim when they reported Kenneth Neal Kerr’s intrusive behavior to supervisors they failed to appropriately act, and it continued for several years.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal court judge says the state of Iowa cannot enforce its latest attempt to stifle undercover investigations of livestock farms and denied the state’s efforts to dismiss a lawsuit challenging this year’s so-called ag-gag law. The Republican-led legislature passed the state’s second such law in March, two months after a federal judge struck down the previous 2012 law, saying it violated constitutional free-speech rights.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa has agreed to pay $130,000 in legal bills for two eastern Iowa anti-abortion rights protesters who successfully challenged a portion of the state’s disorderly conduct law. Anthony Miano and Nicholas Rolland frequently read aloud from the Bible and preach on public sidewalks outside abortion clinics. They sued last year after Miano was found in violation of a law making it a simple misdemeanor to create loud and raucous noise near residences or public buildings.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say they are investigating the death of a man found inside a car with a gunshot wound. Police say it’s considered a suspicious death. Officers and medics were called to the car Monday afternoon in the Sherman Hill neighborhood, just west of downtown. After finding the man, officers and then medics initiated CPR and he was taken to a hospital, where he died a short time later. The man’s name wasn’t immediately released.