Mary Hartnett

Announcer/News Director

Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott was reelected with 68 percent of the vote.  But a few of Iowa’s municipal races are undecided.  Some Iowa cities require winners to get a clear majority — or 50 percent plus one — of the vote.

In Iowa’s largest city, Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie is seeking a fifth term and got 43.5 percent of the vote — just seven-tenths of a percent ahead of Jack Hatch, a former state legislator who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2014. They will face-off in a run-off in December.

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It is election day across Iowa. Voters are electing local and school board candidates.  Six candidates are competing for four seats on the Sioux City Community School board There are also school board races in the Lawton-Bronson and Sgt. Bluff Luton districts. 

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On this election day, voters in Sioux City are casting ballots for mayor, city council and school board.  It’s the first time the two elections have been paired together in Woodbury County.

Marilyn Tyler is the chairperson for a precinct on the northside of Sioux City.  Tyler says last month’s primary election was slow, but things are different this time around.

“It’s been very good so far.  We opened up at 7 and we had people here before then.  They waited and voted.”

Tyler says it’s important for people to vote.

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A broad coalition of biofuel and farm advocates today sent a letter to the White House calling on President Trump to fix a proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency. It notes that the EPA’s draft plan undermines the administration’s commitment to restore integrity to the Renewable Fuel Standard and accurately account for biofuel demand destroyed by Small Refinery Exemptions 

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association sent out a news release saying the letter says was signed by 60 organizations, including the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. 

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Pet licensing fees could be going up in Sioux City.  The action comes as the possibility of doing away with the pit bull ban still looms for the Sioux City Council.  The City manager’s office says an ordinance to repeal the ban was expected to come before council for final consideration today, but the matter will be deferred 

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Next Tuesday is the general election and six candidates will vie for four spots on the Sioux City Community School Board.  They are banker and activist Monique Scarlett, appointed board member Miyuki Nelson, businessmen Dan Greenwell and Taylor Goodvin, software engineer Shaun Broyhill,  and Western Iowa Tech executive Dr. Juline Alberts.  Siouxland Public  Media spoke with five of the candidates this afternoon at a public forum at the Sioux City Public Library.  

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Today is the first day of open enrollment for the 39,000 Iowans who buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Plans are being offered through Medica and Wellmark. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen recommends those on ACA plans review their household income to make sure they still qualify for federal subsidies.

A state board is recommending allowing patients with post-traumatic stress disorder to qualify for Iowa’s medical cannabis program.

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It looks like the possible repeal of Sioux City’s pit bull ban will be delayed.  The City Council will defer the 3rdand final reading of the ordinance repealing Sioux City’s pit bull ban.”. A final vote by the Council will take place only after the Animal Control Chapters of the City Code have been reviewed and further revised. 

The first reading on a revision to these chapters will be heard on Monday, November 4.

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