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News 12.20.19: Winter Showcase, Refugees, Unemployment and Booker in Siouxland

December 19, 2019
Siouxland Public Media
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Dozens of Sioux City girls took part in a Winter Showcase that also gave back to the community. 

Members of Girls. Inc. took to the stage to sing they also handed out check to a few local charity groups, including the Humane Society, Ronald McDonald House and Support Siouxland Soldiers.  They worked on service projects and sold items such as candy cane reindeer to raise money.

Lamb Theatre helped get the girls ready for their performance.  The group did songs by Carole King.

Gov. Kristi Noem has notified the Trump administration that South Dakota will continue to accept refugees who are resettled in the United States next year.

President Donald Trump issued an executive order recently that allows states and local governments to opt out of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program.

Before that, the federal government was only required to consult with states.

Local governments in the state can also opt out.

The resettlement program will handle a maximum of 18,000 refugees next year after Trump cut the current cap of 30,000.

Iowa's unemployment rate remained at 2.6% in November as the number of people with and without jobs both increased.

Iowa Workforce Development reported today the number of Iowa residents with jobs climbed by 8,200 from October to November.

Iowa's 2.6% unemployment rate was the nation's fifth lowest, tied with Colorado, Hawaii, New Hampshire and Virginia. Vermont had the lowest rate.  Nebraska came in at 3.1%

The national unemployment rate in November was 3.5%.

Tomorrow night the Morningside Mustangs compete for another national championship in football.

They will play Marian University from Indiana at 6pm in Grambling, Louisiana.

The team won the NAIA championship last year in Florida.

Candidate for president Cory Booker will be in Siouxland this weekend.

The U.S. Senator from New Jersey wasn’t on the stage at last night Democratic Debate, but he will be in Sioux City tonight.

He will attend an event at the Sioux City Convention Center at 6:30 p.m.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

He will be in Sioux Center tomorrow at 11 at the Fruited Plain Café.

On Sunday, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar will be in several western Iowa communities including Denison, Onawa, Ida Grove and Cherokee.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says she's asked President Donald Trump to follow through on promises to corn farmers and the ethanol industry.

The Republican governor said she contacted the White House yesterday after the Environmental Protection Agency released its final renewable fuel standard.

It regulates how many gallons of ethanol will be added to the nation's gasoline supply.

The final agreement doesn't include language that Trump agreed to this fall.

That language called for adding ethanol gallons back into the nation's gasoline supply to make up for exemptions that let some oil refineries avoid using it.

An Iowa man has died in Norfolk, Nebraska, after the Jeep he was driving crossed a raised median and crashed into a truck.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened yesterday morning when 30-year-old Donovan Rasmussen, of Cedar Rapids lost control of a Jeep on Highway 81.

The driver of the truck was treated for minor injuries.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says a new anti-meth campaign is leading people to get help.

Noem says 87 people have reached out to meth addiction hotlines and 15 have been referred for treatment.

The state drew national attention and some mockery for the nearly $1.4 million campaign that included the tagline, “Meth: We're on it.”

Noem stood strongly behind the campaign and says she's glad it's reaching people.

Tribes in South Dakota are trying again to gain state legislative support to repeal an archaic law that bans them from Minnesota.

The State-Tribal Relations Committee voted this week to introduce a resolution during the 2020 legislative session requesting that Congress repeal the 1863 Dakota Removal Act.

The law forced Native Americans onto South Dakota reservations following the 1862 conflict that included the mass hanging of 38 Dakota men.

Minnesota passed a resolution supporting its repeal in 2009.

The South Dakota Senate State Affairs Committee failed to pass the same resolution during the 2019 session without any discussion.