Noon Newscast 9.10.19
Voters in two northwest Iowa school districts are going to the polls today to decide the fate of two school bond issues.
Storm Lake and Sergeant Bluff voters will have a chance to approve or reject the plans.
School officials say enrollment is growing and more space is necessary.
In Sergeant Bluff, the $33 million bond issue is smaller than three previous referendums and those failed.
The Storm Lake measure calls for a $15 million plan to build a new early elementary school and a new middle school gymnasium.
Polls will be open until eight tonight one site for each proposal, at the Buena Vista County Courthouse in Storm Lake, and at the Sergeant Bluff Community Center.
The bond issues require a 60 percent "supermajority" to win approval.
Another candidate has announced plans to run for the Sioux City Community School Board.
Twenty-seven-year-old Taylor Goodvin previously worked as director of the Woodbury County Taxpayers Research Council and a staffer for U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley as an adviser on education policy. Goodvin currently works as a business operations analyst.
He joins a field of three other candidates, including current board member Miyuki Nelson. Dan Greenwell and Monique Scarlett already announced their plans to run for one of the four open seats on the board in the November election.
A lawsuit that seeks to speed up the expansion of Medicaid in Nebraska will go before a district court judge before the state's highest court agrees to hear the case.
The group Nebraska Appleseed says the Nebraska Supreme Court has declined its request to review the lawsuit right away.
Nebraska Appleseed is suing the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to try to force the agency to expand coverage by Nov. 17 so that eligible people can get medical attention sooner.
The department has announced plans to implement coverage by October 2020. Department officials say they need a longer timeline to adequately prepare for the expansion, which voters approved via a ballot measure in November.