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NEWS 9.16.22: Workshops Planned to Help the MMIW Health Crisis, South Dakota Trooper Shortage, Briar Cliff Baseball Team Plays at "The Field of Dreams" and More

Great Plains Action Society

A new resource to address the public health crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women is launching in Sioux City this weekend.

The Great Plains Action Society is offering a series of workshops on how to heal, protect and organize against gender-based violence.

In 2019, homicide was the third leading cause of death among Indigenous women ages 19 to 24, according to the National Congress of American Indians.

Iowa’s unemployment rate inched up one-tenth of a percent in August, the first increase in seven months.

The Director of Iowa Workforce Development tells Radio Iowa the increase is mostly tied to students going back to school and leaving jobs. The increase still leaves the unemployment rate at 2.6% and in the range of pre-pandemic levels. Officials say there are more than 80,000 open jobs in Iowa almost 40,000 people who are unemployed but not receiving employment benefits.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is targeting South Dakota and the state's anti-abortion policy with several billboards.

On the billboard, a woman in handcuffs is shown with the tagline "South Dakota doesn't own your body. You Do" and directs people to California's abortion resource webpage.

The billboards will be posted in Fort Pierre and Pierre along Highway 83 and Sioux Falls along Interstate 29, according to the Newsom campaign.

The billboard was part of a series of ads launched in seven states with restrictive abortion policies. The ads are part of Newsom's re-election campaign. The other states included in the ad push are Texas, Indiana, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina and Oklahoma.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is struggling with a shortage of officers after over two dozen left the agency this year. Secretary of Public Safety Craig Price told the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee that the departures leave the highway patrol’s force short 22 troopers. Even with a recent pay raise approved by Gov. Kristi Noem, the highway patrol’s starting pay has lagged behind other law enforcement agencies in the state’s largest cities and counties. The shortage comes despite the Republican governor’s attempts to recruit officers from across the country with promises that the state supports law enforcement officers.

The Storm Lake Police Department has received the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says the law enforcement agency is an example for others to follow.

Only 15 awards are given out each year.

The Briar Cliff University baseball team will play at the Field of Dreams tonight in Dyersville.

The Sioux City Journal reports more than 2,000 fans will travel to eastern Iowa to watch the Chargers take on Luther College.

This is the first college game on the field where the 1989 movie starring Kevin Costner was filmed.

The college canceled classes Friday so as many students as possible could make the trip to see the game. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. after the Briar Cliff choir sings the national anthem.