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185th Resettlement Mission to Start in November


Around 65 service members from the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City and the 132nd Wing in Des Moines have received stateside deployment orders to help with Operation Allies Welcome, the Iowa National Guard reported today, according to the Sioux City Journal. 

Operation Allies Welcome is an ongoing effort to bring Americans home from Afghanistan and to resettle vulnerable Afghan refugees in the U.S., according to a press release from the Iowa National Guard. <--break->
The Airmen will deploy for approximately 60 to 90 days under Title 10 federal deployment orders, starting in November. It's not clear from the announcement where in the U.S. the Airmen will be going to. 
Iowa's Legislative Services Agency will release a second attempt at redrawing the state's congressional and legislative district lines this week. Republicans already have rejected the first set of maps. 
For 40 years, Iowa legislators have ultimately approved maps created by bureaucrats specifically banned from taking partisan sensibilities or candidate preferences into account. Iowa typically has among the nation's most competitive congressional races. But if legislators reject two maps, lawmakers can create any map they want as long as it has a relatively equal population distribution and compact districts. 
With Republicans holding majorities in both legislative chambers and the governorship, the GOP would have complete control of that process.<--break->
The Sioux City Council is expected to vote today on an amendment to the city's snow ordinance, which would only make parking on emergency snow routes illegal when the mayor has declared a snow emergency. 
City Code currently states that it is illegal to park on an emergency snow route either when the mayor declares an emergency and when there is 2 inches of snowfall. The amendment coming before the council today eliminates the 2-inch condition and simplifies the statute.

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