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NEWS 3.22.22

Ketanji Brown Jackson
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson takes her seat before the start of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday, March 21, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A potential threat forced the evacuation of the high school and middle schools in South Sioux City Monday afternoon. A message from the school district says all students and staff were safe, and all after-school activities were canceled. Authorities are investigating the validity of the threat.

The Sioux City Police Department is investigating two shootings in the past two days. One happened near 16th and Nebraska around four this morning when a man says two men came to his home with guns and started shooting. He then grabbed a weapon and fired, critically injuring one of the men who arrived at the ER. The second suspect fled the scene. A police spokesperson says an ongoing feud led up today’s incident.

Yesterday afternoon, a shooting took place near Cook Park. No one got hit, but one person did get hurt trying to run away from the scene. Police haven’t released a motive for the crime but believe it is not a random act of violence.

The Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman nominated for the nation’s highest court.

Democrats who control the Senate by the slimmest of margins intend to wrap up her confirmation before Easter. Jackson is expected to answer questions from the committee’s 11 Democrats and 11 Republicans starting tomorrow

The Iowa Capital Dispatch reports that Iowa’s Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said the administration was withholding records from Jackson’s time on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Grassley says Judge Jackson’s service on the commission is an important part of her experience, so her records must be part of a process.

Jackson has received endorsements from several groups and influential people in the legal community, spanning political affiliations.

House Republicans are proposing a new 12-million-dollar scholarship program aimed at alleviating Iowa’s workforce shortage.

The 12-million dollars would go to students majoring in high-demand career fields across Iowa’s three public universities.

Half the money is for those studying to become teachers. The other half is for students in other high-demand career fields as determined by Iowa Workforce Development. Students would qualify in their last two years of college. Those that stay and work in Iowa for a year after graduating could get up to a total of 10-thousand dollars.

House Republicans aren’t proposing a general budget increase for Iowa’s public universities.

The final four in the Women’s NAIA Tournament at the Tyson Events Center takes center court tonight. Dordt plays Southeastern of Florida at 6 p.m. Southeastern beat Morningside on Saturday 84-to-79. Then at 8 p.m., Thomas More takes on Central Methodist.

And, the USD women are heading to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time after a stunning win over Baylor last night. The Lady Coyotes beat Baylor 61-to-47 after being a 14-point underdog.

South Dakota will play the winner of next Saturday’s game between Michigan and Villanova.

For more information click here: https://goyotes.com/news/2022/3/20/womens-basketball-how-sweet-it-is-coyotes-punch-ticket-to-sweet-16-with-61-47-win-over-baylor.aspx

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.