Friday, September 22, 2017

Sep 22, 2017

News headlines for the evening of Friday, September 22, 2017

  • The ACLU of Iowa is filing a lawsuit to challenge the Iowa Department of Human Services’ ban on Medicaid coverage for transition-related medical care for transgender Iowans. The civil rights group says the ban is based on outdated assumptions about the nature of transgender health care.
  • A Rock Island police officer is recovering at home after allegedly being assaulted and beaten while responding to a call of domestic battery at a downtown Rock Island apartment building on Thursday evening. Police Chief Jeff VenHuizen says body camera footage from the officer's uniform shows him being knocked unconscious by a 35-year-old man named Cartier Leflore.


  • An eastern Iowa county supervisor says he'd like to see a public discussion about whether his county should have a different namesake. Johnson County was named in 1837 for Richard Mentor Johnson, a U.S.  House member, senator and vice president under President Martin Van Buren. Johnson also was a slave owner and colonel during the War of 1812, credited with killing the leader of the Native American resistance. Sullivan suggests in his weekly email newsletter the county could instead be named after President Lyndon B. Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson or civil rights leader James Weldon Johnson.