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Noon Newscast 8.6.19

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Officials say the closing of a South Sioux City bakery plant will cost the jobs of 81 people.

Bimbo Bakeries is planning to close in October.  

Production will shift to other plants.

Bimbo Bakeries is part of Mexico City-based Grupo Bimbo.

The Democrat who came close to unseating Republican Congressman Steve King rallied supporters in Sioux City last night.

Former minor league baseball player J.D. Scholten is taking another swing at flipping Iowa’s most conservative congressional district.

He said his campaign is about coming together. 

We’re going to fix health care. We’re going to fight for economy that works for all of us. And we’re going to secure this democracy by getting rid of the special interest that is currently dictating our democracy.

Scholten came within 3 percentage points of defeating Iowa Congressman Steve King in the November election. King is running for a 10th term and currently faces three challengers from his own party.

The Nebraska Republican Party is calling on a state senator to leave the party and re-register as a Democrat after the lawmaker accused GOP officials of "enabling white supremacy in our country.

The statement came after Sen. John McCollister blasted the party for not speaking out against Prsident Donald Trump's inflammatory comments about minorities.

McCollister has said he doesn't intend to switch parties. 

State GOP leaders say his voting record on guns, taxes and abortion runs counter to what most conservatives believe.