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Rain Could Dampen 4th of July Celebrations, 5:04

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Despite earlier predictions of dry weather, rain and hail could threaten Sioux City-area Fourth of July celebrations tomorrow. 

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls says strong winds and hail are possible tomorrow night with thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. The Sioux City area could be in a "pattern" of thunderstorms over the next several days. 

The amount of water flowing into the lower Missouri River will remain high throughout the summer and fall, and that water will likely continue to exacerbate flooding downstream.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to keep releases from Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border near current levels — which are more than double the average amount.

A new law in South Dakota eliminates the need for a permit to carry a concealed pistol. Before the new law took effect this week, people could be charged with a misdemeanor if they carried a concealed pistol or had one concealed in a vehicle without a permit.

South Dakota is the 14th state to enact such a law for residents and visitors. 

It’s estimated a record number of Americans will be on the road for the 4th of July holiday, and Iowa’s law enforcement officers will be out in force looking for speeders, drunks, and other lawbreakers.

The increase in patrols comes from the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Special Traffic Enforcement Program or STEP. Iowa’s STEP initiative invites law enforcement agencies statewide to participate in increased traffic patrols over five dates this year including July 3rd through 7th.

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