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Sioux City Early Childhood Program Honored, Pondweed on East Lake Okoboji Problematic, 4:32

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Sioux City’s program for very young children,  0-3: Prime Age to Engage is being recognized for its work in 2018.

Each year, The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading CGLR uses its Pacesetter Honors to highlight communities that report making measurable progress on key indicators of early school success.

The CGLR says reading proficiency by the end of third grade is a critical milestone toward high school graduation and career success because it marks the transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” 

Democrats in the early presidential contest states of Iowa and Nevada will be able to cast their votes over the telephone instead of showing up at their states' traditional neighborhood caucus meetings next February.

The tele-caucus plans unveiled by the state parties are aimed at opening the local-level political meetings to more people, especially evening shift-workers and people with disabilities, whom critics of the caucuses have long said are blocked from the process.

The changes are expected to boost voter participation across the board, presenting a new opportunity for the Democratic Party's 2020 candidates to drive up support in the crucial early voting states.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has wrapped up its efforts this year to treat an invasive plant in the Iowa Great Lakes region. Mike Hawkins with the Iowa DNR says Curly-Leaf Pondweed has already died back on East Okoboji Lake. He says he’s concerned the breakdown could fuel algae blooms on the water.

Hawkins says the plant can take oxygen out of the water when it dies back, so it could possibly fuel a fish kill.

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