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Noon Newscast 12.1.19

Associated Press

The three survivors of a South Dakota plane crash that killed nine members of an extended family from Idaho are in stable condition at a hospital in Sioux Falls.

The family was returning from an annual pheasant-hunting trip when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff in during a winter storm warning Saturday near Chamberlain.

The Sioux City Police Department is investigating a deadly car crash in Sioux City.

A vehicle hit a poll around 8 a.m. on Lewis Blvd. and Glenn Avenue.  The driver of the vehicle died at the scene.

After 11 years work is finally nearly complete on an Interstate 29 expansion project through Sioux City.

Iowa DOT hopes to finish work on the project by Christmas.

Final construction includes pouring concrete bridge approaches, installing guardrails and painting pavement.

It was 2008 when crews began the $400 million to widen the freeway to three lanes in each direction from Sergeant Bluff through Sioux City and to the South Dakota border.

Although major construction will be over, workers still will need to make unexpected repairs to a bridge damaged by fire this fall.

State transportation planner Dakin Schultz acknowledged “there are times when it seemed it would never end.”

A new monthly survey of business leaders suggests the economy is slowing down in nine Midwest and Plains states, including all three Siouxland states, as the U.S. trade war with China continues.

The overall index for the region slipped into negative territory at 48.6 in November from October’s 52.6.

The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100.

Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth. A score below that suggests decline.