Iowa Public Radio settles 2 lawsuits

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Public Radio has settled two lawsuits filed by a former Iowa Board of Regents president.

The Des Moines Register says (http://dmreg.co/19XPVqx) that as part of the settlement, Iowa Public Radio will run public service announcements about the state’s public information board.

Michael Gartner first sued Iowa Public Radio and five board members on May 28. That lawsuit says a Dec. 13 meeting to discuss chief executive Mary Herrington’s performance was a violation of state public meeting rules. The second lawsuit says the Feb. 26 meeting at which Herrington was fired also was improperly constituted.

Under the agreement, Iowa Public Radio agreed to pay nearly $36,000 for Gartner’s attorney fees.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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