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PM NEWS 3.10.23

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is visiting Iowa today ahead of a likely 2024 presidential bid.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is in Iowa today promoting a new book. Iowa leads off the Republican’s presidential nominating contest in 2024.

“I bring greetings from the FREE state of Florida!”

Ron DeSantis shared the stage in Davenport with Iowa’s Governor Kim Reynolds earlier today.

The two did much better in last year’s midterms than Republicans as a whole.

DeSantis highlighted Florida and Iowa’s early COVID policies including banning mask mandates and opening schools early, bucking advice from the C-D-C.

“People’s livelihoods were destroyed and their freedoms were curtailed. No, we chose freedom over Fauciasm, and we were right, and they were wrong.”

DeSantis’s trip comes as a Des Moines Register poll shows former President Donald Trump’s support eroding here. Trump will make his first trip to Iowa since announcing his third presidential run on Monday. DeSantis will also speak in Des Moines tonight.

South Dakota’s Republican-dominated Legislature passed a general sales tax cut of $104 million per year, lowering the taxes on groceries but not eliminating them entirely as Gov. Kristi Noem had urged. The cut that cleared both chambers Thursday reduces the state's overall sales tax from 4.5% to 4.2%. It has a four-year sunset clause and removes a mechanism known as the Partridge amendment, which gradually reduced the state’s sales tax as more money was collected from Internet sales. Tax cuts were high on the agenda as the state opened the session with a $423 million surplus.

Five new police officers were sworn in under oath Friday morning at the Woodbury County Courthouse. Of the five new officers, several of them come from Western Iowa Tech's police science program. For more from Siouxland News CBS FOX 44 click here.

Iowans are reminded to set their clocks ahead an hour before hitting the hay Saturday night, as Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday morning at 2 o’clock.

Home safety experts tell Radio Iowa it’s the traditional time to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Studies find the risk of dying in a fire is cut by 50% if there’s a working smoke alarm in the house.

Morningside University is hosting its first esports competition. Sixteen Colleges will be competing at the Expo Center today and tomorrow.