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Noon Newscast 7.11.19

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The Iowa Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a lawsuit challenging a new state law that changed the way some judges are selected in Iowa.

A state court judge last month dismissed the lawsuit filed in May by a group of lawyers and Democratic lawmakers against Gov. Kim Reynolds, saying they didn't have legal standing to challenge the law.

The new law gave the governor an additional appointment to the 17-member state judicial nominating commission, meaning the governor will appoint the majority of members.  

Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline asked a judge to again block construction of the $8 billion project after President Donald Trump issued it a new permit.

Attorneys for environmental groups filed the suit  in Federal Court in Montana.

They say Trump's permit was illegal.

The pipeline proposed by TC Energy would carry crude oil from Canada to Nebraska.

Opponents contend it would make climate change worse by increasing fossil fuel consumption.

Government attorneys say that permit is not subject to environmental laws. They want the lawsuit dismissed.

A runway reconstruction project at the Sioux City airport means the facility will be shut down three different times.

The first is from 8 a.m. August 15 through 8 p.m. on August 18.

Then from 8 a.m. August 23 through 8 p.m. on August 25.

The final stretch is from September 14 through September 15.

American Airlines will be contacting passengers who already bought their tickets for the dates impacted.

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