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Event Highlights Dangers of Social Media, Flood Worries Lessen, But Remain

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Water levels continue to slowly recede on the Missouri River and Big Sioux River, easing flooding worries in the region.

Union County Emergency Manager Andy Minihan said Monday that agencies are watching levees along rivers. Many levees over a 350-mile stretch remain damaged from severe flooding in the spring, allowing the floodwaters to flow into many farm fields and rural areas.

Tonight, a special event is being held to educate the community about the dangers of social media.   

The FBI reports every social media site has been used to target under-aged victims for sex.

Karen Mackey is the Executive Director of the Sioux City Human Rights Commission.

Kids can get caught up so easily with people on social media and it’s really frightening what can happen with kids.

The Human Rights Commission along with the Siouxland Coalition Against Human Trafficking are hosting “Social Media Deep Dive  - Stay a Step Ahead of Your Kids.”

We hope parents will be there, aunts and uncles, grandparents and it would be great if there were kids there.  Especially the adults and trying to give some information they might need.

A guest speaker from the Omaha “The Set Me Free Project” will highlight the gathering at the Sioux City Public Museum starting at 6 p.m. 

A study by the University of Toledo Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute says social media is being used more and more to exploit, contact, recruit and sell children for sex.

A jury today convicted an eastern Iowa hog farmer of using a corn rake to kill his wife, agreeing with prosecutors who argued he was enraged that she was having an affair.

Jurors found Todd M. Mullis, 43, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Amy Mullis, according to the Telegraph Herald.  She was killed Nov. 10 on the couple's farm about 40 miles west of Dubuque.

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