Lawsuit filed over highway shutdown during pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. — Two members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a reservation priest are suing over a five-month shutdown of a North Dakota highway during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, saying the closure violated their and others' constitutional rights.

The lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court seeks unspecified monetary damages from the state, Morton County and TigerSwan, a North Carolina-based company that oversaw private security for the Texas-based pipeline developer, Energy Transfer Partners. It also asks the judge to implement stricter rules for road closures in such instances and seeks class-action status, meaning it would apply to all affected people if granted.

Protests against the pipeline that moves North Dakota oil through Iowa to Illinois drew thousands of people to southern North Dakota during construction in 2016 and 2017. ETP maintains the pipeline, which began operating in June 2017, is safe, but opponents fear it will harm the environment. They camped north of the Standing Rock reservation and many clashed with police, resulting in 761 arrests during a six-month span.

State officials blocked off a stretch of state Highway 1806 just north of the camps in October 2016 after a bridge was damaged by fires during one clash. The bridge was deemed structurally sound in January 2017, but authorities didn't reopen it for two more months, after initial repairs were completed and the protest camps were shut down.

The highway is the main route between the reservation and Bismarck, the nearest large city. Plaintiffs allege that the shutdown was targeted directly at them and did not apply to pipeline workers.

Officials with the state attorney general's office and the governor's office said they hadn't yet been served with the lawsuit and weren't aware of it. Morton County declined to comment through its spokeswoman, citing the open case.

Authorities: Deputy shot driver during traffic stop struggle

DAVENPORT — Authorities said a deputy shot a driver during a struggle after a traffic stop in Davenport.

The Scott County Sheriff's Office said the shooting occurred around 1:10 a.m. Tuesday, south of Interstate 80. A news release said the deputy "was interacting with a subject during the course of traffic enforcement when a struggle ensued between the driver and the deputy. The incident escalated and resulted in shots being fired by the deputy."

The injured driver was taken in critical condition to a hospital. The news release didn't say whether the deputy was injured. The names of both haven't been made public.

The deputy has been placed on administrative leave in line with department policy.

County attorney accused of being drunk in courtroom

OSCEOLA — A county attorney in southern Iowa who's accused of being drunk in a courtroom has apologized and has asked voters to let her continue her work.

Clarke County court documents say 42-year-old Michelle Rivera is charged with public intoxication. A sheriff's deputy said in a criminal complaint he noticed Rivera "slurring her words and stumbling on her feet" in the Osceola courtroom last Thursday afternoon. He arrested her after she refused to take a breath test.

Rivera, a Democrat, is running for re-election against Republican Adam Ramsey Nov. 6. She issued a statement in which she said she's "taking every step necessary to get help, to fix this problem and to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again."

She apologized for what happened Thursday and said she hopes voters "will afford me the opportunity to continue this endeavor next term."

Iowa officials ID body pulled from river as Wisconsin boater

ANKENY — Iowa authorities say a body pulled from the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River last week has been identified as that of missing boater.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said in a written statement Tuesday the body is that of 56-year-old John Roe, of Burlington, Wisconsin. An autopsy conducted at the Iowa State Medical Examiner's office in Ankeny shows Roe drowned.

Wisconsin and Iowa officials began searching for a possible missing boater in the river Oct. 6, when an unmanned boat was found spinning in circles near Cassville in southwestern Wisconsin. Later, authorities learned Roe was missing after having gone out boating by himself. Authorities believe he fell out of the boat and was not wearing a life jacket.

Caterpillar has a big 3Q, but Wall Street senses pessimism

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Caterpillar beat most profit and revenue expectations in the third quarter, but company shares were punished Tuesday when Wall Street sensed some pessimism in the company's outlook, which remains unchanged.

Shares dropped 9 percent in early trading, with losses compounded by a global sell-off on stock markets.

Caterpillar Inc. still anticipates full-year adjusted earnings of $11 to $12 per share. This is in range of the $11.64 per share that analysts polled by FactSet predict, but the construction equipment company had raised the forecast twice this year and investors appeared to expect more of the same.

For the three months ended Sept. 30, Caterpillar earned $1.73 billion, or $2.88 per share. A year earlier the Deerfield, Illinois-based company earned $1.06 billion, or $1.77 per share.

Stripping out restructuring costs and a tax benefit, earnings were $2.86 per share. Analysts were calling for $2.84 per share.

Revenue climbed to $13.51 billion from $11.41 billion, with sales rising in its construction industries, resource industries, financial products and energy and transportation segments. Wall Street expected $13.26 billion in revenue.