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Noon Newscast 10.30.19

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The South Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a deadly crash on Interstate 29 this morning involving several cars.

The Argus Leader reports it happened north of the Beresford exit.  A portion of the interstate was closed then reopened around 10:15.

Authorities in Sioux County say two students were injured when their school bus collided with another vehicle wester of Orange City on Monday afternoon.

The bus driver was cited for failing to yield.

The driver of the other vehicle also went to the hospital for treatment.

And, the top choices in the Iowa Straw Poll are President Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders.

Students from about 260 schools, including Sioux City took part in the Youth Straw Poll yesterday.

A new law allows 17-year-old to participate in both the upcoming caucuses and primary election if they are 18 by the general election in November.

And, when it comes to taking the ACT test two Siouxland states tied for the best scores in the nation.  Both Iowa and South Dakota saw an average of 21.6 out of a possible 36.

Two-thirds of students in Iowa who graduated from high school last spring took the ACT.

The national averages in math and English were the lowest ACT has been in 15 years.

Scores for all three public high schools in Sioux City were below the state average for graduates in 2019.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced it will require farmers get a license from either their state or the USDA to grow hemp.

The crop was legalized in the 2018 farm bill. The new policy also makes hemp eligible for federal farm programs such as disaster assistance, conservation and loans.

Iowa’s legislature approved growing up to 40 acres of hemp. The state Department of Agriculture says it will use the new rules to finalize its own hemp plan before submitting that to USDA for approval.

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