Mary Hartnett

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One of the candidates running for Democratic nomination for the US Senate in Iowa next year visits Sioux City next Tuesday.  Theresa Greenfield

of  Des Moines will hold a Sioux City campaign event on Tuesday. The meet-and-greet event will take place at 5 p.m. at The Marquee on Fourth St.

Greenfield is a real estate agent and one of three Democrats who are running for the seat, which is held by U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst. Ernst was first elected in 2014 and is running for re-election.

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South Sioux City police officer Brian Van Berkum will face no criminal charges for his actions during a fatal May shootout.  A grand jury has ruled today that no charges will be filed, according to the Sioux City Journal.

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A grand jury on Friday found that a South Sioux City police officer's actions during a fatal May shootout were not criminal, and no charges will be filed, according to the Sioux City Journal.

The decision cleared South Sioux City police Officer Brian Van Berkum for his actions in a fatal shootout in May. The grand jury ruled there was no criminal conduct in the May 11 incident in which Van Berkum fatally shot Luis Quinones Rosa outside of Los Amigos, a South Sioux City bar and liquor store.

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Iowa’s unemployment rate went up very slightly in July, but it is still one of the lowest in the nation. Iowa Workforce Development says the July rate was 2.5, and for the previous 12 months the rate was 2.4 percent. 

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Iowa's unemployment rate climbed slightly in July to 2.5% but remains among the lowest in the nation.

Iowa Workforce Development announced Friday that the unemployment rate rose from 2.4% in June. The rate had been stuck at that level since July 2018.

Although the unemployment rate increased, the number of residents with jobs also rose by about 4,000 compared to June. The number of unemployed residents increased by about 1,400.

Iowa's unemployment rate was third-lowest in the nation, behind Vermont and North Dakota and tied with New Hampshire.

Rep. Steve King's most recent insensitive remarks about rape are the kind that has doomed political candidates elsewhere, but some fellow Iowa Republicans say it's possible they actually could help the embattled congressman's re-election chances by reinforcing his credentials as a social conservative.

King made the comment Tuesday before a conservative group. He was attempting to justify his support for a ban on abortions without exceptions for rape and incest.

Coming up on The Exchange, Wednesday at Noon and Friday at 9am

Mary covers The Frank Le Mere Native American 2020 Candidate Forum, being held at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, August 19th & 20th. 

Mary shares her interview with political scientists Cynthia and Sandy Levinson about their new youth book about constitutional reform titled Fault Lines In The Constitution and how the 2020 candidates could and should discuss it. 

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Iowa is becoming the 11th state to allow sports betting, and six casinos say they're ready to sign up players and begin taking bets.

New regulations allow betting to begin at noon Thursday.

Casinos in Altoona, Bettendorf, Osceola, and Waterloo will offer betting on-site and through a mobile app.

Casinos in Burlington and Council Bluffs will offer on-site betting only for now until their mobile systems are set up.

Gambling regulators say at least two more casinos could be approved by the end of the day.

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Iowa is officially open for business for sports betting. Today at noon several casinos around the state held ceremonies and began taking their first wagers.

At the ribbon-cutting for the sportsbook at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, state senate majority leader Jack Whitver (WIT-ver) of Ankeny said before now some Iowans were already betting illegally.

We decided the right path forward was to bring sports wagering out of the darkness into a controlled, regulated environment that offers consumer protection along the way.

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Well, it is official, as of noon today, Iowa is the 11th state to allow sports betting, and six casinos say they're ready to sign up players and begin taking bets.

Casinos in Altoona, Bettendorf, Osceola, and Waterloo will offer betting on-site and through a mobile app.

Casinos in Burlington and Council Bluffs will offer on-site betting only for now until their mobile systems are set up.

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