Articles by David Pitt

Iowa Republicans Push to Limit Coronavirus Liability

Iowa Republican legislators are fast-tracking a bill that would give meatpacking plants, nursing homes and other businesses broad immunity from coronavirus lawsuits despite criticism that it would also enable them to ignore workplace safety requirements. The bill, which the state …

Court Allows Lawsuit over Iowa Amusement Park Death to Proceed

The wife of a central Iowa amusement park employee killed in an accident at the park in 2016 can proceed with a federal lawsuit and the park’s insurance company may have to pay damages, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday. …

Tyson Foods: 2 Iowa Pork Plant Employees Dead After Virus Outbreak

Two employees have died following a coronavirus outbreak that has sickened scores of Tyson Foods workers at a large pork plant in southeastern Iowa, the company said. The deaths of the workers at Tyson plant in Columbus Junction are the …

Damage to Iowa Ag Industry from Virus Will Be Huge, Economists Say

A group of agriculture economists said on April 15 the coronavirus pandemic will cause billions of dollars in damage to Iowa’s crop and livestock industries. In a report released from Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, the …

Despite Finding Insurer’s Actions ‘Reprehensible,’ Iowa Court Slashes Payment to Paralyzed Worker

The Iowa Supreme Court has dramatically reduced the compensation a paralyzed northeast Iowa man received from a jury in a lawsuit against an insurance company even while finding the company’s actions were “reprehensible.” Despite criticizing the treatment by Louisiana-based workers’ …

Iowa Court Slashes Insurer’s Payment to Paralyzed Worker

The Iowa Supreme Court has dramatically reduced the compensation a paralyzed northeast Iowa man received from a jury in a lawsuit against an insurance company even while finding the company’s actions were “reprehensible.” Despite criticizing the treatment by Louisiana-based workers’ …

Iowa Board Backs Adding PTSD to Medical Marijuana Program

An Iowa state board has recommended that medical marijuana should be a prescription option for treating post-traumatic stress disorder and intellectual disability with aggression, but it rejected the drug for two other conditions petitioners had requested. The Iowa Medical Cannabidiol …

Midwest Farmers Feel Pain of Trade War with China

China’s announcement of higher tariffs on $60 billion of American exports — retaliation for President Donald Trump’s latest penalties on Chinese goods — hit particularly hard in the farm belt. China’s vast consumer market has been a vital source of …

Iowa Egg Farm Sues Contractor Over Bird Flu Disinfection Damage

An Iowa egg farm that killed millions of chickens because of a 2015 bird flu outbreak is suing companies hired by the federal government to disinfect barns. Sunrise Farms says the chlorine dioxide gas and heat treatments used to kill …

Unexpected Iowa Tornadoes Flatten Buildings, Injure at Least 17

Thousands of people were without power Friday after a flurry of unexpected tornadoes swept through central Iowa, injuring at least 17 people and flattening buildings in three cities. The storms even surprised weather forecasters when they hit the region Thursday …