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NEWS 3.27.23

Last night community members attended a vigil at the First Unitarian church organized by the Siouxland Pride Alliance to show opposition to recent laws passed by the state of Iowa that critics say unfairly target LGBTQ children.

Carter Smith/Siouxland Pride Alliance

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds recently signed a bill that bans minors from receiving gender-affirming care.

The Siouxland Pride Alliance and other organizations have planned a banned book rally at the Sioux City Public Museum for Saturday.

UFCW Local 222 held a rally outside the Sioux City Public Museum Saturday in protest of a child labor bill making its way through the Iowa Legislature. Siouxland News CBS/FOX44 reports the bill would allow 16 and 17-year-olds to serve alcohol at businesses with parental consent. And also allow kids under the age of 16 to work until 9 p.m. or 11 p.m. during the summer, instead of 7 p.m.

The rally, called Our Kids Are Not for Sale, also took place in Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Iowa City and several other communities in the state.

South Dakota Lawmakers voted to agree with the veto of four bills Monday as the final act of the 98th Legislative session. For more on the story check out this link from the Argus Leader.

Former Vice President Mike Pence is coming back to Iowa after a trip to the state earlier this month to speak at a forum on foreign policy.

Pence was in Des Moines on March 18. He’ll return to central and eastern Iowa on Wednesday.

Former VP Mike Pence returning to Iowa this week

A partisan agenda this legislative session, with mixed levels of support according to recent polling, does not appear to be impacting the support enjoyed by Governor Kim Reynolds.

Siouxland News CBS/FOX 44 reports the latest Des Moines Register Iowa Poll finds the governor's approval rating sitting at 50%. That's down slightly from October, when her pre-election approval rating was 53%, but still well within the average approval the Governor has seen in the poll for the last several years.

What did go up to some of the highest levels seen during Reynolds' tenure as governor is her disapproval rating, which rose four points in the last six months to 46%..

The Iowa House has passed a bill to let older teenagers get a state license so they can cut and style hair in a salon or barber shop.

Radio Iowa reports current Iowa law requires someone to get a high school degree or GED before they may get a cosmetology or barbering license. The bill says anyone who’s completed 10th grade and finished training at a school for barbers and cosmetologists could get a state license if they’re at least 16 years old.

A week from now, you will no longer have to wear a mask at the state's largest hospitals. Check out the Sioux City Journal for more information.

Today marks the start of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa, as residents are reminded about some of the hazards that may be coming in the weeks and months ahead.

Meteorologist Chad Hahn, at the National Weather Service, tells Radio Iowathat tornadoes are one of the worst risks to lives and property, and last year, we had plenty. “In Iowa, we had 43 tornadoes observed across the state,” Hahn says. “That’s slightly lower than our normal or average historically, which is right around 50 that we typically observe. Of course, we’ve had some years that we’ve had over 100, so there’s wide variability when it comes to the number of tornadoes.”

A statewide tornado drill is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Caitlin Clark put on a show with 41 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to help No. 2 seed Iowa beat fifth-seeded Louisville 97-83 and send the the Hawkeyes to their first women's Final Four in 30 years. The unanimous first-team All-American was as dominant as she’s been all season in getting the Hawkeyes to Dallas for the women’s NCAA Tournament national semifinals on Friday night. The Seattle 4 Region champion will face the winner of the Greenville 1 region that has South Carolina playing Maryland on Monday night. Iowa (30-6) hadn’t been to the Final Four since Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer led the team to its lone appearance in 1993. Clark had the 11th triple-double of her career and the 19th in NCAA Tournament history.

Creighton's players and coach Greg McDermott blamed themselves, and not the officials, after their 57-56 loss to San Diego State in the NCAA Tournament's South Region final. Ryan Nembhard was whistled with a foul with the score tied and 1.2 seconds left, and Darrion Trammell made one of two free throws for San Diego State. Nembhard says “it's a tough way to lose” but says there was plenty the Bluejays could have done to prevent the game from coming down to that play. McDermott credited San Diego State coach Brian Dutcher for coming up with a defensive scheme that neutralized the Bluejays' efficient offense.

Submitted news release:

Gov. Reynolds orders flags at half-staff in honor and remembrance of victims in Nashville, Tennessee shooting

DES MOINES – Governor Reynolds has ordered all flags in Iowa to fly at half-staff immediately in honor and remembrance of the victims in the tragic shooting in Nashville, Tennessee. Flags are to be lowered to half-staff until sunset, March 31, 2023.

The governor’s order is issued in conjunction with President Biden’s proclamation to lower all United States flags to half-staff for the same length of time.  Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state.

Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties, and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flags at half-staff for the same length of time.


Saturday, April 22, 2023, 7:30 PM – Orpheum Theatre

DISNEY’S ALADDIN – Written and Directed by Sioux City Native RON CLEMENTS


In Concert Live to Film

Join Aladdin, Jasmine, and The Genie (Robin Williams) as we take a magic carpet ride through

time and revisit DISNEY’S ALADDIN IN CONCERT LIVE TO FILM. Relive your favorite

moments of the original 1992 animated feature projected in high-definition on the big screen at

the Orpheum Theatre as the Sioux City Symphony brings to life the award-winning film score

by Alan Menken! And to celebrate this extraordinary finish to the 107th season, Sioux City

native, writer and director of Aladdin, Ron Clements will be in attendance to honor this once-in-

a-lifetime film and orchestra event!

For tickets and more information call 712 277 2111 Or visit: https://siouxcitysymphony.org/


Ronald Francis “Ron” Clements is an American animator, film director, producer, and screen writer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, who usually works as a director with John Musker. Clements began his career as an animator for Hanna-Barbera. After a few months there, he was accepted into Disney’s Talent Development Program, an animator training ground and workshop. Like his future colleague, he served a two-year apprenticeship with famed animator Frank Thomas and worked on a few projects on the side. His early work in character animation can be seen with The Rescuers and Pete’s Dragon. Since the mid-1980s, he and Musker directed many films for Disney including The Great Mouse, Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, The Princess and the Frog, and Moana. Ron Clemens is a native of Sioux City, Iowa and a graduate of Heelan High School.