From the Iowa heartland, we offer the headline of the week: "Iowa landowner claims he was offered prostitute by oil pipeline company rep."
And you're not going to beat this lede any time soon: "A southeast Iowa landowner claims he was offered the services of a prostitute in exchange for allowing a crude oil pipeline to go through his property." Oh my.
He says he has the proof, recordings of the alleged multiple offers. "He said his lawyer recommended he not play the recording for the media because it may be used in possible future litigation. He said he would be willing to give them to state investigators if subpoenaed."
From the steps of the Iowa Capitol he proclaimed, "'I don’t care if it’s a highway to heaven paved in gold, I don’t want it on our property,' Tweedy said. 'And here we go. They came to me picking this fight. I did not go to Texas. They have come to south Lee County. And I will do everything humanly possible to peaceably resolve this.'"
We would not be surprised if the pipeline company finds another route.
Otherwise, as a colleague of ours remarked, "it would make for an interesting appraisal."