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Noon Newscast 7.12.19

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Authorities say one man was fatally stabbed and another wounded in a fight in Sioux City last night.

Both men, who were taken to the hospital for treatment.  One was released after his treatment. Police have not released his name.

The other man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police identified him as 45-year-old Eleazar Lopez-Martinez. He lived in Sioux City.

No arrests or charges have been announced.

A caseworker accused of beating a client in northwest Iowa has pleaded not guilty.

Court documents says 27-year-old Aaron Albaugh of George worked for Hope Haven when he met with the 23-year-old man at an apartment in Rock Valley in May.

Investigators say the man suffered sinus and skull fractures from the assault.

Albaugh faces charges of felony assault and dependent adult abuse.

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission will vote later this month on rules allowing sports betting across the state.

That would fulfill a law passed by the legislature this year legalizing sports gambling for people over 21.

People will have to register at a licensed casino or racetrack before placing a bet.

The commission is expected to vote on the rules at their July 30th meeting and set an opening day for sports betting sometime in mid-August.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha, Nebraska, says it has awarded a nearly $2.8 million contract to repair a Missouri River levee in southwestern Iowa.

The breach near Percival was closed last month and work to close the one at Hamburg is expected to be closed within days.

The Corps says more than 500 miles of levees on the Missouri, Platte and Elkhorn rivers, as well as other tributaries, have experienced significant flood damage this year.

Another “Downtown Live!” show takes place tonight in Sioux City.

The band “The Iguanas” will perform starting at 6 p.m.

“They have been around for a long time since 1989.  The same four original members.  Great mix of blues, and jazz and Latin sounds and a little rock-n-roll thrown in there.”

That’s one of the organizers of “Downtown Live!” Brent Stockton. 

He says “The Iguanas” from New Orleans helped the music scene survive after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“They have been involved with a lot of the benefits.  And, really help the music scene come back after that.  They headlined the stage at Jazz Fest in New Orleans many times.  A very high-end act for us to get at “Downtown Live!”  We’re excited about that.”

“Downtown Live!” takes place on the lawn in front of the Sioux City Public Museum.

The cost is $3 per person.