DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A jury has awarded a former Iowa workers’ compensation commissioner $1.5 million, concluding the state and former Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated against him because he’s gay and that a pay cut was retaliation for refusing to quit. Jurors in the civil trial found Monday that Chris Godfrey proved Branstad’s attempts to get him to quit and cut his pay in 2011 were discriminatory and deprived him of his rights.
BANCROFT, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say two people found dead in Bancroft last week were homicide victims and that a third person also found there had killed himself. Officials on Monday identified the bodies found Friday in a home as 22-year-old Mason Alrik Cederwall, 30-year-old Amy Lynn Manna and 30-year-old Austin James Bernhard. The Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office determined Cederwall and Manna were shot to death and classified their deaths as homicides. Bernhard’s died was classified a suicide.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s Iowa senior adviser is departing his 2020 presidential campaign, leaving Booker without one of his top staffers in a key early voting state. Iowa senior adviser Joe O’Hern confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that he departed the campaign last week for personal reasons. O’Hern is widely known among Iowa’s political class as a seasoned organizer with a deep understanding of the caucus process. Booker’s campaign declined to comment on the departure.
HUDSON, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say two people were killed when the vehicle they were in crashed off a Black Hawk County road. The crash occurred a little before 9:30 a.m. Sunday just southwest of Hudson. Deputies sent to the scene found the vehicle in a field and noted that it appeared to have rolled several times. The driver and a passenger, both of Reinbeck, were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was identified as 33-year-old Kimberly Hoskins, and the passenger was identified as 32-year-old Tobi Vanhauen.