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NEWS 5.3.22

J. Scott Applewhite

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem plans to immediately call for a special legislative session if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe V. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

Noem tweeted her intentions Monday night following a Politico report suggesting that the nation's highest court will overturn the ruling.

South Dakota is one of 13 states with a so-called trigger law that would make abortion illegal immediately if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The only exception to the state law, which the legislature passed in 2005, is if the life of the mother is in jeopardy.

Sioux City Manager Bob Padmore says it is "unrealistic" to think that the city can replace more than 3,000 plastic seats at Lewis & Clark Park before the Explorers' first home game on May 17.

The Sioux City Journal reports the owner of the Explorers John Roost had said if the repairs were not made the team would not play at the ballpark this year. City leaders told Roost they do not have the money to replace all of the seats this year, but will do so in phases.

The city owns the stadium that has been the home field for The Explorers since 1993. The seats were replaced one other time.

The city has budgeted about $150,000 for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Cold, windy spring days have left Iowa's morel mushroom harvest delayed.

By this date, mushroom hunters are typically thick in forested areas collecting the delicacies that only appear for a short time every spring.

While a few hunters have started reporting success in parts of southern Iowa and southeast Nebraska, DNR officials say a good rain followed by some warm days could lead to jump-start in the season.

Morel mushrooms need soil temperatures between 50 and 54 degrees to thrive.