Articles by Ryan J. Foley

Insurer to Pay $8M Settlement in Suit by Black Man Paralyzed by Iowa Officer

An insurance company for the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will pay $8 million to a Black motorist who was paralyzed after a white police officer shot him during a 2016 traffic stop, both sides announced on April 19. The …

Suit Over Iowa Trooper’s Alleged Misconduct Settled for $225K

Iowa will pay $225,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who was injured when a state trooper knocked him over and put his knee on his neck during a 2017 traffic stop, according to documents. The payment to …

Iowa Supreme Court Bars Punitive Damages in Excessive Force Cases

The Iowa Supreme Court on Dec. 31 severely limited the financial damages that can be awarded for injuries and deaths caused by state police officers who are found to have used excessive force. The court ruled 6-1 that punitive damages, …

Iowa Relaxing Quarantine Guidance Despite Rapid COVID Spread

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a policy change this week to make it easier for Iowa students, teachers and business workers exposed to someone with COVID-19 to avoid a two-week quarantine, despite a surge in cases across the state. Under the …

Iowa Beef Plant Fine After Coronavirus Outbreak: $957

Iowa regulators have issued their first citation to a meatpacking plant with a large coronavirus outbreak that sickened its workforce — a $957 fine for a minor record-keeping violation. The outbreak at the Iowa Premium Beef Plant in Tama in …

Iowa’s Mandate to Reopen Schools Causing Chaos

An aggressive push by Iowa’s pro-Trump governor to reopen schools amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak has descended into chaos, with some districts and teachers rebelling and experts calling the scientific benchmarks used by the state arbitrary and unsafe. The clash …

Damage Mounts from Midwest Derecho Storm

The impact of a windstorm that tore through the Midwest has continued to grow, as widespread power outages have kept businesses closed, limited communication, spoiled food and caused long lines at gas stations. The rare storm known as a derecho …

Virus Outbreak at Iowa Pork Plant Was Larger than Reported by State

The first confirmed coronavirus outbreak at an Iowa meatpacking plant was far more severe than previously known, with more than twice as many workers becoming infected than the state Department of Public Health told the public, newly released records show. …

Families of 3 Deceased Workers Sue Tyson Over Iowa Virus Outbreak

The families of three workers who died after contracting the coronavirus in an Iowa meat plant outbreak sued Tyson Foods and its top executives on June 25, saying the company knowingly put employees at risk and lied to keep them …

Iowa Lawmakers Dispute Finding of No Violations at Tyson Plant Despite Deaths

Iowa’s workplace safety agency says an inspection did not uncover any violations at Tyson Foods’ largest pork processing plant, where several employees died after contracting the coronavirus. The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration closed its inquiry into the Tyson …