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PM Newscast 4.9.19

Associated Press

The economic toll from Mississippi River flooding in Davenport could run as high as $2.5 million a month.

That’s according to local economic officials.  That number includes lost wages and business loses but doesn’t include property damage.

The statement is part of an application sent to state and federal officials for assistance. 

A temporary flood barrier failed on April 30, allowing floodwaters to cover several downtown blocks.

Scott County is still waiting for federal officials to declare the area a disaster zone.

Recent rain across the State of Iowa delayed planting activities for Iowa farmers according to the latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

As of the end of last week, across the state 36 percent of the corn crop was planted, that was 5 days behind the 5-year average.  However, here in northwest Iowa, farmers have less than 20 percent of their corn planted. Eight percent of the expected soybean crop was planted a couple of days behind the average.

Spring planting is about one-fifth done in South Dakota but still well behind the average pace. 

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 19% of the spring wheat crop is seeded, and 16% of oats are planted. The five-year average for both crops is 76%.

Former South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard is speaking to students at Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools this afternoon.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett is covering the event and will have an update coming up next hour.

There’s a new leader for the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Betty Strong Encounter Center in Sioux City.

Retired police sergeant Mike McCormick will take over for Maria Poole.  Poole is retiring at the end of the month.

Tracy Bennett has been named the center’s assistant director.

Iowa wildlife officials have confirmed the sighting of a mountain lion near downtown Des Moines.

Police say they're working with the Animal Rescue League and Blank Park Zoo to safely resolve the situation.

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.