DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has killed a rule designed to protect the legal rights of farmers who raise chickens and hogs for the nation's largest meat processors. The rule would have made it easier for farmers to sue companies they contract with over unfair or deceptive practices. It was rolled out in the final days of Barack Obama's administration. But the USDA delayed it after President Donald Trump took office. On Tuesday, the agency withdrew it for good.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The city of Des Moines is acknowledging that a former police officer falsely told investigators she warned an unarmed man who approached her patrol car before fatally shooting him. The Des Moines Register reports that video and audio recordings of Vanessa Miller's patrol car show she didn't warn 28-year-old Ryan Bolinger before firing her weapon in 2015. The city's attorneys say the circumstances of the shooting made a warning unfeasible.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Two people have pleaded guilty to bringing two Chicago teenagers to Iowa to work as prostitutes. Court records say Waterloo residents Lawrence Campbell Jr. and his wife, Sade Campbell, entered the pleas in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids to sex trafficking of children. A sentencing date hasn't been set.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse is seeking answers from the Department of Veterans of Affairs following reports that VA employees kept a secret waiting list of patients from Nebraska and Iowa that obscured the actual wait times for veterans who sought appointments. Sasse sent a letter to the department after the Omaha World-Herald reported that an audit included whistleblower complaints about unauthorized lists for appointments at the VA's mental health psychotherapy clinic in Omaha.
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