OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - More farm loan applications are being rejected in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states in reaction to weak farm commodity prices and income. The latest Rural Mainstreet survey says nearly one-third of bank CEOs reported rejecting a higher percentage of farm loans, while nearly 55 percent indicated their banks had raised collateral requirements in the face of weak farm prices and income.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - An Iowa woman is suing a South Dakota surgeon and his practice for wrongly removing one of her kidneys. The lawsuit alleges the Sioux Falls doctor removed the woman's healthy right kidney instead of removing an adrenal gland and a mass on the gland in 2016. She eventually had a second surgery at a different hospital. The Argus Leader reports the woman says the erroneous surgery resulted in an incurable and progressive kidney disease her remaining kidney.
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former janitor accused of video recording people in a northern Iowa school staff restroom has been given 60 days in jail. Court records say David Bemis, of Mason City, also was sentenced Wednesday to a year of probation and fined $1,260. Bemis pleaded guilty to four counts of invasion of privacy. Investigators say Bemis was working at Clear Creek Elementary in Clear Lake in May 2013 when he hid a camera in the restroom and recorded four school employees in varying degrees of nudity.
(AP) - Montana's Democratic governor is in Iowa talking up his ability to win in Trump country, but he is still deflecting questions about a 2020 presidential run. Gov. Steve Bullock spoke Thursday at the Des Moines Register's Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair as he explores a potential presidential campaign.
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