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Noon Newscast 10.22.19: Pit Bulls, EPA Policy and Crop Reports


The pit bull ban in Sioux City is one step closer to ending.     

The city council voted 3 to 2 yesterday to repeal the 11-year-old ban.   

At a public hearing yesterday, former city councilman Jim Rixner, who helped pass the ban, was one of only a couple to speak to keep it.

And if someone is bit, not only will they sue the owner, they will probably find an attorney who said, ‘you had an effective ban on these dogs and you repealed it, therefore you’re liable’.”

A third vote in a couple of weeks will determine if the ban is repealed.

Some Iowa farmers say an E-P-A proposal to account for lost demand for renewable fuels because of small refinery waivers is not what President Trump promised.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts added Trump’s E-P-A has focused on a bunch of key policy issues for farmers - like repealing an Obama-era rule expanding federal protections of some waterways.

“If you look at other policy issues like the Waters of the US which would’ve been a terrible rule for our farmers and ranchers, his EPA rolled that back and came back with a more common sense approach there. 

Ricketts was in Siouxland yesterday taking part in the Tri-State Governor’s Conference.

Our recent wet weather isn’t the best news for farmers trying to harvest here in Siouxland.

The U.S.D.A.’s most recent crop report showed 5 days suitable for fieldwork last week.  The corn harvest more than doubled with 15% of corn out of the fields.  However, that is still 11 days behind the average.

For soybeans, the harvest increased from 17% to 48% completed.  That’s five days behind average.

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