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NEWS 11.7.22: Leeds Stabbing, Tyson CFO Arrested, and Election Preview

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Sioux City Police are looking for a suspect they say “is armed and dangerous” after a stabbing this morning in Leeds.

Investigators say the victim drove to a convenience store around 7:30 for help, saying she had been stabbed by her ex-boyfriend, identified by police as 37-year-old Faron Starr. A SWAT team searched a home nearby but did not find the suspect. Leeds Elementary School did go into lockdown as a precaution.

A man has been arrested and charged with murder after a woman was found dead Sunday night in Yankton. Authorities arrested Trevor Wayne Harrison in Dixon County, Nebraska. For more on the story click here.

The Chief Financial Officer of Tyson Foods was arrested over the weekend and faces charges in relation to an incident in Arkansas where police found him drunk and sleeping in the wrong home. WHO-Television in Des Moines reports that 32-year-old John Tyson faces charges of criminal trespassing and public intoxication. A woman living in the house believes she accidentally left the front door unlocked. She did not know Tyson, who was appointed to the CFO position last month. He also serves as the company’s executive vice president. A spokesman for the company said in a statement, “We’re aware of the incident, and as this is a personal matter, we have no additional comment.” A few weeks ago, Tyson Foods announced plans to move 500 corporate jobs from Dakota Dunes to Arkansas.

Iowa authorities say an 18-year-old sex trafficking victim who pleaded guilty to killing a man she said raped her escaped from a women’s center where she was serving her probation sentence. A probation violation report said Pieper Lewis was seen walking out of the women's center early Friday, and her GPS monitor was later cut off. A warrant was issued for Lewis’ arrest, and the probation report asked for her deferred judgment to be revoked. She could face up to 20 years in prison for killing 37-year-old Zachary Brooks in 2020. Lewis said she was trafficked to Brooks for sex and stabbed him in a fit of rage. Prosecutors didn't dispute that she was sexually assaulted.

Tomorrow is Election Day, and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters will need to bring a form of ID. For most, that’s an Iowa driver’s license or state ID. Those who moved recently or need to register should also bring proof of residence, like a utility bill. Iowans who aren’t registered can register to vote at their polling place tomorrow.

Voters who still have an absentee ballot at home must return it to their county auditor or election office by 8 p.m. tomorrow. It’s too late to put a ballot in the mail. The other option is turning in your absentee ballot at your polling place and voting in person instead.

Early voting numbers are down in Iowa from the last midterm election four years ago. Nationally, early voting is up. More than 341,000 Iowans have already cast their ballots as of Monday afternoon.

That includes voting either in person or by mailing in an absentee ballot.

Ballots must be at your local county auditor's office by 8 p.m. tomorrow.

New state law no longer allows ballots to be accepted after the time polls close. They open at 7 a.m. in Iowa. In Nebraska, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (local time), and in South Dakota, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. (local time).

On this Election Day eve, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is planning a reelection rally featuring a video message from former President Donald Trump in a final push to turn out voters in the heavily-Republican western part of the state. Meanwhile, her Democratic challenger, state lawmaker Jamie Smith, focused on the state’s largest city in a bid to make the race competitive by winning big in his hometown of Sioux Falls.

The dueling campaign rallies on Monday evening centered on the areas where each candidate is expecting to draw large numbers of voters. Republicans have nearly doubled Democrats on voter roles in South Dakota, but Smith said he was hoping to carry Sioux Falls with enough votes to buoy his chances of an upset on Election Day.

All four Iowans who are members of the U.S. House are seeking re-election, but Republican Congressman Randy Feenstra’s path to a second term appears to be the easiest. He’s running in a district with 95,000 more Republicans than Democrats against Democratic challenger Ryan Melton of Nevada, who works for a major insurance company, and Liberty Caucus candidate Bryan Jack Holder of Council Bluffs. This is Holder's fifth and last run for Congress. He has run before as a Libertarian.

The other Iowa’s U.S. House races are considered among the most competitive in the country.

Congresswoman Cindy Axne of West Des Moines narrowly won her previous races in 2018 and 2020, and she’s been telling her fellow Democrats 2022 will be the same.

Challenger Zach Nunn has been telling his fellow Republicans the race has national implications and is about “holding Biden and Pelosi accountable.”

Iowa’s new third congressional district covers 21 counties, including Des Moines.

In Iowa’s new first district, Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks, a Republican, faces Democrat Christine Bohannan, a University of Iowa law professor. The new first district covers much of southeast Iowa, plus the cities of Newton and Oskaloosa as the district stretches across to parts of central Iowa.

Miller-Meeks relocated her official residence from Ottumwa, which is not in the district, to LeClaire along the Mississippi River.

Two former T-V journalists are running to represent Iowa’s new second congressional district. Incumbent Republican Ashley Hinson of Marion and Liz Mathis of Hiawatha, a state senator.

The Iowa chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens is making a final push to get out the vote ahead of Election Day.

Organizers are knocking on doors to ensure the state’s Latino and Spanish-speaking communities understand changes to Iowa’s voting laws.

Tomorrow’s midterm elections will look different than past years. Polls will close at 8 p.m. rather than 9 p.m. Some voters' precinct locations may have changed due to redistricting. All of which Joe Henry, LULAC’s political director, is working to remind voters of. He says newly enacted voter restrictions have made it more difficult for his community.

LULAC has sued the state over many of the voting changes, saying it will disproportionately impact the working class and people of color. But Henry says he still expects a large turnout, especially from young Latino voters.

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