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Newscast 01.23.23: Deadly shooting at Des Moines learning center

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Des Moines police officers were at the scene of a shooting Monday that killed two students and injured an employee.

The shooting was reported at about 12:53 p.m. at Starts Right Here, a non-profit organization focused on helping at-risk youth. The outreach center is located at 455 Southwest 5th St. According to police; three people were shot. Two students were taken to the hospital with critical injuries. They have since died. A third person, an employee of Starts Right Here, was transported to the hospital in serious condition.
Police say they have detained three suspects. Police say this is a targeted incident.

State lawmakers could vote today (Monday) on Governor Kim Reynolds’ plan to use state funding to help families pay private school tuition.

A new fiscal analysis by the legislative services agency shows that by the fourth year, around 42,000 students would receive Education Savings Accounts at a total cost of 345 million dollars per year.

Those numbers align with previous estimates released by the governor’s office.

Democrats say that money should be spent on improving public schools, but Republican Rep. John Wills of Spirit Lake says the state should support parents who want to leave their local district.

The bottom line is, this is a priority of the Republican caucus. This is a priority for the governor, this is a priority for the Senate in the house and we want to put parents back in the driver's seat and we're willing to pay for that.

The fiscal study of the school choice bill estimates that around 12 percent of the students who receive ESAs would come from public schools. The rest would be existing private school students.

Nebraska’s former governor is being sworn in today as that state’s new u.s. senator.

Pete Ricketts was chosen by the new Nebraska governor Jim Pillen. Ricketts will replace Ben Sasse, who left the seat to become the university of Florida president.

A Native American tribe in South Dakota says several of its members died when December storms buried their reservation in snow and left them stranded. Leaders of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe said this month that the deaths could have been prevented had it not been for a series of systemic failures. Tribal members are expressing anger at many people, including Republican Gov. Kristi Noem and the Indian Health Services — saying the little help that was offered came too late. A 12-year-old asthmatic boy who spent days struggling to breathe was among the dead — because an ambulance couldn't get to his home in time to help him.

A bill that would create a “Center for American Exceptionalism” at Black Hills State University moved forward Monday morning in the House Education Committee on a 9-6 vote.

House Bill 1070 would establish the center at BHSU for $150,000, and the center would make all six public universities partners in creating a new K-12 curriculum on “American history and exceptionalism” available to all public schools, according to the bill.

The curriculum the center creates should explain “why America rose to greatness and how to keep it that way, and (teach) students to balance critical thinking with love of country,” and include South Dakota history with an American Indian tribes component “focusing on the proud history of the Indigenous peoples of South Dakota.”

A Native American tribe in South Dakota says several of its members died when December storms buried their reservation in snow and left them stranded. Leaders of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe said this month that the deaths could have been prevented had it not been for a series of systemic failures. Tribal members are expressing anger at many people, including Republican Gov. Kristi Noem and the Indian Health Services — saying the little help that was offered came too late. A 12-year-old asthmatic boy who spent days struggling to breathe was among the dead — because an ambulance couldn't get to his home in time to help him.

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