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NEWS 11.4.22: Trump GOP Rally, Democratic Campaigning, Gov. Noem Border Investigation, Sioux City Transit Expansion, and More

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Former president Donald Trump teased another potential run for president at his Sioux City rally last night

Trump doled out high praise for Iowa Republicans Senator Chuck Grassley and Governor Kim Reynolds – urging voters to show up for what he called critical midterm elections. But, he didn’t leave without also hinting at plans to run in the 2024 presidential election.

 “In order to make our country successful and safe and glorious, I will very, very, very probably do it again, okay? Very very probably. [CHEERS]”

Grassley told those in attendance to make Trump’s trip to the state’s conservative stronghold “worthwhile” by heading to the polls on Election Day.

 “You gotta get your family and friends to go vote if we want to make a big difference and get a Congress that will turn things around and stop these bad policies.”

Grassley leads his race against Democratic challenger Mike Franken by just three points, according to a Des Moines Register poll. That makes it the tightest race he’s faced since being in office. Kim Reynolds has a more solid hold on her seat – with a 17% lead against Democrat Deidre DeJear.

Trump welcomed Reynolds onstage with a hug, after praising her for cutting taxes and protecting second amendment rights.

Reynolds thanked Trump for fighting for Iowans when he was in office. She says current president Joe Biden has done the opposite in his two years in office.

“Well, Iowans and Americans are fed up, and we’re going to take our country back, and it starts on November 8th. Thank you, and God bless you!”

Neither Trump nor Reynolds mentioned the Democratic challenger Deidre DeJear, who campaigned in Indianola last night.

 “There are so many issues that are bringing Republicans, Democrats and independents together, including the issue of choice. These are issues that are really about our freedom, folks. That’s what we’re fighting for.”

DeJear is closing out her campaign with a message of unity. She says the government’s role is to protect everybody, not just some Iowans.

DeJear also talked about familiar themes from her campaign, like her priority to give more funding to public schools and to oppose Republican Governor Kim Reynolds’ private school scholarship plan. And her goal is to expand mental health care options for Iowans.

Democratic U-S Senate candidate Mike Franken continues campaigning in the final days before Election Day as he attempts to unseat Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley.

Retired Navy Admiral Mike Franken made a campaign stop in Des Moines last night, where he took a jab at former President Donald Trump’s rally in Sioux City.

“We must be part of the solution we can be part of the solution, but we must do it together. The era of what's happening in Sioux City is over.”

Franken talked about the importance of party over politics.

Franken drew a big applause from supporters when he talked about the importance of abortion rights.

Early voting is underway with Election Day on November 8th.

NEWS 11.4.22 ATC Cast

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem described the U.S. border with Mexico as a “war zone” last year when she sent dozens of state National Guard troops there. Noem said they’d be on the front lines of stopping drug smugglers and human traffickers. But newly released records from the National Guard show that in their two-month deployment, the South Dakota troops didn’t seize any drugs and sometimes went days without encountering any migrants at all. Noem justified the deployment and a widely criticized private donation to fund as a state emergency because of drugs making their way across the southern border to South Dakota. But the records cast doubt on whether the deployment was effective in addressing that.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem will hold a town hall meeting in Yankton on Saturday, November 5th. The town hall will be held at JoDeans Steakhouse at 2809 Broadway Ave in Yankton at 4:00 p.m.

The trial for one of the teens accused of killing a Spanish teacher in Fairfield has been pushed back.

Jeremy Goodale and Willard Miller are accused of killing Nohema Graber in November 2021.

KCCI Television in Des Moines reports Jeremy Goodale's trial will not take place Dec. 5. A new trial date has not been set.

The trial is to take place in Scott County.

Meanwhile, Willard Miller's trial is scheduled for March in Council Bluffs.

Eastern Nebraska and western Iowa could receive its first snow of the season Friday night into Saturday morning.

Most of the snow will fall between midnight and 8 a.m. on Saturday just outside of the Siouxland Public Media listening area. There is a slight chance for snow and snow showers in the Iowa Great Lakes Area.

One to three inches of slushy, wet snow is expected along and south of Interstate 80 with isolated higher amounts in southeast Nebraska closer to the Kansas and Missouri borders.

The Iowa DOT tells Radio Iowa people need to brush up on their winter driving skills. No matter what the weather, drivers need to slow down, check the forecast and the 511 app for road conditions.

The Sioux City Transit System is expanding services. Starting Monday November 14th there will be a new route to serve the Sioux Gateway Airport and Sergeant Bluff. The extended fixed route and paratransit service will go extra hour Monday through Friday to 7 p.m. For a full rundown of the changes check out our website kwit.org.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Strong sales boosted a Powerball jackpot to an estimated $1.6 billion, making it the largest lottery prize in history. A drawing will be held Saturday night for the Powerball prize, which hasn’t been won in more than three months. That string of 39 consecutive drawings without a winner is a reflection of the tough odds of winning a jackpot, at 1 in 292.2 million. The jackpot increased Friday is the prize for a winner who chooses an annuity, paid annually over 29 years. Almost all winners instead opt for the cash prize, which for Saturday night’s drawing would be an estimated $782.4 million.

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