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Newscast 09.09.22: SD Gov. Kristi Noem ethics complaint; Drought continues in Iowa

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem ‘s arguments in an April filing were made public today, as the state's Government Accountability Board released records in a complaint against her. Noem had asked a state ethics board to dismiss a complaint against her without a public hearing and to seal off certain records.

The ethics complaint was sparked by a report from the Associated Press last year that Noem had taken a hands-on role in a state agency shortly after it had moved to deny her daughter a real estate appraiser license.

The three retired judges who evaluated the ethics complaint unanimously found last month that there was enough evidence for them to believe that Noem “engaged in misconduct” by committing malfeasance and a conflict of interest.

It is still fairly dry in Iowa and August saw below-normal rainfall — but drought conditions did improve in some parts of the state. The latest drought monitor showed just a slight increase in the percentage of the state that doesn’t have any type of drought.

Iowa Drought Monitor
Iowa Drought Monitor

The DNR’s Tim Hall says some areas didn’t get the rain from thunderstorms. Hall says August was the fifth straight month with below-normal precipitation, and the state needs a rainfall rally.

Rivers and streams are running low in some of the drought areas. Hall tells Radio Iowa that there are water quality issues that come along with decreased streamflow and groundwater. And in northwest Iowa, Hall says, it’s not a very good situation. He says the timing of the rains are key and there is there’s ample opportunity to get some much needed rainfall going into the winter.

On Sunday evening, Siouxland residents will be able to mark the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks during a ceremony at Freedom Park.

Siouxland Freedom Park
Siouxland Freedom Park
Siouxland Freedom Park

The South Sioux City event is slated to start at 7 p.m. and will include a candlelight vigil as well as an American flag disposal for old and damaged pieces.

Briar Cliff University has signed an articulation agreement with Northeast Community College in South Sioux City. It will allow students with an Associate of Arts degree at Northeast to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in accounting, business administration, finance, international business, marketing, and sports management at BCU.

The agreement allows students to have a guideline and completion track for pursing the degrees within these programs.

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