IOWA CITY, IOWA (IRN) – An appeal from Cristhian Bahena Rivera’s attorney’s for the prosecution to produce any evidence it may have regarding a sex trafficking operation they claim may have exonerating evidence has been denied. Sentencing earlier this week was delayed by Judge Joel Yates to hear the arguments from defense attorney’s, but the claim was deemed to be too broad. Rivera is facing life in prison for his conviction of first degree murder for killing Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts.
DES MOINES, IOWA (KCCI) – President Joe Biden has nominated former Iowa Governor Chet Culver to the board of the Federal Agriculture Mortgage Corp, which works to ensure rural areas have access to credit. According to KCCI News in Des Moines, the position must be confirmed by the Senate, and will be Culver’s second term on the board after serving from 2012 to 2019.
DES MOINES, IOWA (IRN) – The National Weather Service has updated the number of tornadoes produced earlier this week, with preliminary data showing approximately 26 dropped down across the state. The NWS states Wednesday had the third most tornadoes to ever touch down in Iowa in a single day, with the most taking place in August of 2014 with 35 were reported across the state.
IOWA CITY, IOWA (KCRG) – A federal appeals court has upheld a 2019 ruling against the University of Iowa, stating the university discriminated against a Christian club by stripping it and other clubs of their registered status. According to KCRG News in Cedar Rapids, A three-judge panel of the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeal on Friday found that a lower federal court correctly ruled that the university can’t selectively deregister student organizations. The appeals court said Friday that the university selectively enforced its policy requiring all clubs to offer equal opportunity and access.