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NEWS 11.14.22: Salix Bank Robbery, Google Settlement, Winter Weather, and More

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A suspect is behind bars accused of a bank robbery that took place early this afternoon in Salix. Sioux City Police pulled the suspect over and took him into custody. The investigation into the bank robbery continues.

Update from the Sioux City Police Departmet (8:30 p.m.)

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The brother of a stabbing victim in Ida County faces a charge of first-degree murder. The Sioux City Journal reports 24- year-old Jesus Diaz of Galva is accused of killing 26-year-old Eduardo Diaz of Holstein last night after a fight on Main Street in Galva.

A historic plane that crashed during an air show in Dallas over the weekend did fly over the skies of Siouxland this summer. The B-17 Flying Fortress was in town to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Sioux Gateway Airport in July. The World War 2 era aircraft collided with a P-63 Kingcobra, killing a total of six people.

Attorney General Tom Miller announced today that Iowa, along with 39 other attorneys general, reached a multistate settlement with Google worth $391.5 million. The settlement involved location tracking practices relating to Google account settings. Iowa will receive more than $6 million.

Agriculture producers across South Dakota say the defeat of a proposed ban on new slaughterhouse plants in Sioux Falls is a big win for the industry and will create more options for local farmers to market their livestock.

The majority of voters in the state’s largest city rejected the ban, which allows Wholestone, a Nebraska-based pork producer, to continue with its plan to open a $500 million plant in northeastern Sioux Falls.

The group Smart Growth Sioux Falls has been fighting Wholestone’s plan since early this year, claiming that the plant would negatively affect the city’s water and air quality and impact traffic and affordable housing.

A Winter Weather Advisory continues until six tonight for Emmet County in northwest Iowa. The area could see freezing drizzle and a small amount of snow. The National Weather Service says cool conditions will continue until next week. A second snowstorm is forecast to move into Iowa from the south late tonight and will move across central Iowa, according to Radio Iowa.

Many Iowans will be celebrating Thanksgiving with family members they haven’t seen in a while, and experts say some of us need to mentally prepare ourselves.

Defending national champion Morningside University is the top seed in the NAIA playoffs that start this weekend. The Mustangs, who are undefeated this season, will play Arizona Christian in the opening round in Sioux City on Saturday. Northwestern College, the number 3 seed, will play Dickinson State of North Dakota on Saturday.

News release from Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller:

Miller announces historic $391.5 million multistate Google settlement over location tracking practices 

Iowa to receive $6.17 million; Google must improve transparency on tracking services

DES MOINES – Attorney General Tom Miller announced today that Iowa, along with 39 other attorneys general, has reached a $391.5 million multistate settlement with Google over its location tracking practices relating to Google Account settings. This is the largest multistate attorney general privacy settlement in the history of the U.S. Iowa will receive $6.17 million from the settlement.

“When consumers make the decision to not share location data on their devices, they should be able to trust that a company will no longer track their every move,” Miller said. “That wasn’t the case when it comes to Google’s tracking practices. This settlement makes it clear that companies must be transparent in how they track customers and abide by state and federal privacy laws.”

Location data is a key part of Google’s digital advertising business. Google uses the personal and behavioral data it collects to build detailed user profiles and target ads on behalf of its advertising customers. Location data is among the most sensitive and valuable personal information Google collects. Even a limited amount of location data can expose a person’s identity and routines and can be used to infer personal details.

The attorneys general opened the Google investigation following a 2018 Associated Press article that revealed Google “records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.” The article focused on two Google account settings: Location History and Web & App Activity. Location History is “off” unless a user turns on the setting, but Web & App Activity, a separate account setting, is automatically “on” when users set up a Google account, including for all Android phone users.

As detailed in the settlement, the attorneys general found that Google violated state consumer protection laws by misleading consumers about its location tracking practices since at least 2014. Specifically, Google caused users to be confused about the scope of the Location History setting, the fact that the Web & App Activity setting existed and also collected location information, and the extent to which consumers who use Google products and services could limit Google’s location tracking by adjusting their account and device settings.

The settlement requires Google to be more transparent with consumers about its practices. Google must:

  • Show additional information to users whenever they turn a location-related account setting “on” or “off.” 
  • Make key information about location tracking unavoidable for users (i.e., not hidden); and 
  • Give users detailed information about the types of location data Google collects and how it’s used at an enhanced “Location Technologies” webpage.  

The settlement also limits Google’s use and storage of certain types of location information and requires Google account controls to be more user-friendly.
Iowa is joined in the final settlement by Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

News release from the State of Iowa:

Iowa Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week with a Record Number of Apprentices

Iowa Leading U.S. in Building New Pipelines of Employees Across the State

DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa is kicking off its celebration of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) while also celebrating news that the number of Iowans taking part in apprenticeships has never been higher. New data from the U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship recently revealed that in federal fiscal year 2022, Iowa reached a record level of 9,731 active apprentices and created the highest number of new programs in the country. Iowa’s leadership and increased investment in Registered Apprenticeship (RA) programs has sparked an ongoing expansion into high-demand fields, including recent new apprenticeships in health care, education (teacher/paraeducator), and 25 non-traditional occupations. In FY 2022, Iowa registered 5,402 new apprentices and 163 new programs. National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), taking place from November 14-20, is a nationwide celebration of the success and value of Registered Apprenticeship programs. Visit this link to view a list of activities and resources for Iowa’s National Apprenticeship Week celebration. Iowa Workforce Development and its partners are highlighting the roles of high school students, adults, educators, and employers who are supporting increased growth and access to more career opportunities. To kick off the celebration, IWD visited Storm Lake Community School District to highlight the district’s leadership in the new Teacher/Paraeducator RA program and work to build pipelines at the high school level. To commemorate the state’s success, Gov. Kim Reynolds released a statewide proclamation and video message. “Iowa is a national leader in creating Registered Apprenticeship programs. I’m proud to support this effort, and I’m committed to growing apprenticeship programs even further and across a wider array of industries,” said Gov. Reynolds. “Apprenticeship programs also offer long-term solutions for some of our most pressing workforce issues.” “While Iowa has always been a leader for creating Registered Apprenticeship programs, the increase in participants this year demonstrates the need for new and innovative training programs coming out of the pandemic,” said Beth Townsend, Director of Iowa Workforce Development. “Registered Apprenticeships provide Iowans with a good living while they increase their skillset, and they often promote retention as newly skilled workers predominately stay with the employer that trained them.” Iowa’s focus on RA programs continues to help drive demand for building the state's labor pool, benefiting both job seekers and employers. The earn-and-learn model allows apprentices to earn wages from Day 1, learn under the mentorship of a skilled professional, and obtain a valuable credential upon program completion – something that typically leads to a good paying job. Iowa has committed more than $50 million this year to support existing and new Registered Apprenticeship programs, including an innovative Health Careers RA program and a first-in-the-nation Teacher/Paraeducator RA grant program. For more information on Registered Apprenticeship programs and how to get involved, visit EarnandLearnIowa.gov.

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