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Heat Advisory in Siouxland, Fireworks Already Causing Trouble, Noon

Residents of Nebraska and Iowa probably don't need an advisory to inform them: It's hot outside.

But the National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for both states, warning residents who venture outside to take it easy and stay hydrated in the oppressive heat.

An excessive heat warning has been issued for the northeastern corner of Nebraska and northwestern Iowa — including Sioux City — with heat index values expected to rise to between 105 degrees (40.56 Celsius) and 110 degrees (43.33 Celsius).

From the beginning of the year through the end of last week, the Sioux City Police Department has received 140 calls related to fireworks violations. 107 of those calls were made since June 2, according to the Sioux City Journal. 

Of those calls, one resulted in a citation being issued, the department's crime analysis division reported late last week. The infrequency of citations is partly because fireworks violators often leave the area prior to the arrival of officers. 

Sioux City Police Officer Andrew Dutler said the department has had to deal with an increasing volume of fireworks-related calls as the July 4 holiday approaches. Though residents were discharging fireworks throughout town during June, city ordinances allow fireworks to be lit only on July 3 and 4, and on those days only between 1 and 11 p.m. Fireworks can also be discharged Dec. 31 from 1 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1. 

 Nebraska voters may decide next year whether to legalize casino gambling in a ballot measure that could tip the number of states that allow commercial gambling into the majority.

Supporters of legalized casinos have launched a petition drive to place the issue on the 2020 ballot with financial backing from the economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

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