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Noon Newscast 11.5.19

NOVEMBER 15, 2019

On this election day voters in Sioux City are casting ballots for mayor, city council and school board.  It’s the first time the two elections have been paired together in Woodbury County.

Marilyn Tyler, is the chairperson for a precinct on the northside of Sioux City.  Tyler says last month’s primary election was slow, but things are different this time around.

 “It’s been very good so far.  We opened up at 7 a.m. and we had people here before then.  They waited and voted.”

Tyler says it’s important for people to vote.

“If you don’t do this you really shouldn’t complain on what goes on here in the city.”

Polls close tonight at 8 p.m.  Listen for continuing coverage tomorrow during “Morning Edition” on Siouxland Public Media News.

A convicted killer executed in South Dakota used his last words to speak to the parents of his victim.

Charles Rhines was executed last evening at the state prison in Sioux Falls for the 1992 slaying of 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer in Rapid City.

Rhines told the Schaeffer’s parents "I forgive you for your anger and hatred towards me."

Rhines ambushed Schaeffer when Schaeffer interrupted him as he was burglarizing the doughnut shop where Schaeffer worked. Rhines had been fired a few weeks earlier.

Authorities say a man's body was found by firefighters inside a northwest Iowa house.

Spencer Fire & Rescue Department says firetrucks were sent to a home in Spencer yesterday morning.  They found the body of 72-year old Lawrence Bendlin in a bedroom.

Flames were confined to one room, but there was smoke damage throughout the house.  The fire cause is being investigated.

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