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Iowa to pay $5.7 million to settle public university claims

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has agreed to pay $5.7 million to settle eight separate discrimination and negligence claims at its public universities. 

Those payments include $3.5 million to an Iowa City couple who accused UI Hospitals and Clinics doctors of negligence during the birth of their daughter, leaving the baby with permanent brain damage. 

Another $1.8 million will be paid to a Massachusetts sound technician hurt while working a Luke Bryant concert at the University of Northern Iowa in 2018.

The state also agreed to pay a total of $150,000 to three former UI police officers who sued in 2018 accusing the institution and its administrators of age and disability discrimination.

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