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NEWS 5.24.23: Tim Scott visits Sioux City, wind turbine rule changes, Seinfeld cancellation, and more

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott was in Sioux City on Wednesday morning for his first official campaign stop in Iowa after announcing his candidacy on Monday.

The third term Republican visited Siouxland Christian school where he held a round table discussion.

Woodbury County Supervisors have unanimously approved changes to the county’s wind turbine regulations. The county’s ordinance originally barred wind turbines within 600 feet of city limits, but now wind turbines may not be placed within two miles of the city limits of any community in Woodbury County.

Woodbury County Supervisors chairman Matthew Ung said the change protects future growth around cities.

It’s possible MidAmeircan Energy may file a legal challenge of the supervisors’ decision, according to a report from Radio Iowa.

Supervisors approved another change in Woodbury County’s wind turbine ordinance, extending the no-go zone to a mile for turbines placed near conservation areas.

The Sioux City Community School District and school board members state Iowa open records laws have not been violated in the ongoing dispute with former Sioux City Schools Superintendent Paul Gausman. Check out the Sioux City Journal for the full story.

Some federal officials are saying this means the U-S could be unable to pay its bills as early as June 1st.

Josephine Gittler is the Director of the National Health Law and Policy Resource Center at the University of Iowa College of Law.

She says this could affect Iowans who rely on federally-supported health care programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act subsidized health plans.

However, Gittler says it’s unclear what will happen if lawmakers don’t reach an agreement because the federal government has never defaulted on its debt before.

Governor Kim Reynolds says she hasn’t made a final decision on a bill to limit State Auditor Rob Sand’s access to some information, but Reynolds says Sand — the lone Democrat in statewide office — has gone too far in some of his investigations.

During a recent appearance on Iowa Press on Iowa PBS, Reynolds did not cite specific examples of when she thinks Sand, who has been state auditor since 2019, has gone too far in seeking information for audits and investigations. The bill would prohibit the auditor from accessing things a person would expect to be kept private, like medical records or police reports.

Sand said if the bill is signed into law, he’ll let the public know whenever state officials refuse to turn over records — and Sand said it will make Iowans wonder what they’re hiding. Reynolds said there’s an arbitration process in the bill that would let three people appointed by her, by Sand, and by the agency involved decide if records should be turned over.

Reynolds has 30 days after the legislature adjourns to sign or veto bills. The 2023 legislature adjourned on May 4.

Volunteers are needed once again this summer to drive around and track the bat population.

DNR wildlife diversity biologist, Stephanie Shepherd tells Radio Iowa, the volunteers record the noises bats make as they fly through the night.

The DNR has teamed with Iowa State University for the last ten years to track the bat signals.

Shepherd says the survey begins 30 minutes after sunset and takes roughly two-and-a-half hours to complete. The DNR is looking for volunteers in Pocahontas County, Dubuque County, two routes in Franklin County and then southwest Marshall County.

The survey routes are run in June and July.

The pace of the current GOP presidential campaign hasn’t reached the level of the last one eight years ago, but South Carolina Senator Tim Scott entered the race yesterday and will be in Sioux City today, plus former Vice President Mike Pence is making stops in Des Moines and Ottumwa.

Submitted news releases:

LINCOLN, NE – Today, Governor Jim Pillen announced he has authorized the deployment of 10 state troopers to the Texas border effective immediately. The deployment comes in response to a request for assistance from the state of Texas, and follows Governor Pillen's promise to back Texas and Governor Greg Abbott in their fight to protect the southern border from illegal immigrants and dangerous drugs entering the country. Texas has accepted Nebraska's Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) offer for support from the Nebraska State Patrol.



Sioux City, IA (May 24, 2023) – The Jerry Seinfeld show scheduled for July 13, 2023, at the Orpheum Theatre has been cancelled. Ticket purchasers will be issued a refund at their point of purchase.

Originally scheduled for Summer 2020, the show has been delayed multiple times due to COVID-related conflicts. Ultimately, the show dates conflicted with other commitments Mr. Seinfeld had previously engaged in, and the decision was made to refund ticketholders instead of delaying further. We hope to have the privilege to host Mr. Seinfeld again in Sioux City in the near future.  

Below is information regarding obtaining a refund for ticket purchasers:  

Credit Card Purchases done through one of our authorized channels (Primebank Box Office, PrimebankTix.com, or TysonCenter.com) will be refunded automatically to the card used to make the original purchase. Expect 10-14 business days until refunds reflect in your account.

Cash Purchases done at the box office may claim their refund by bringing their original tickets to the Primebank Box Office Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  

If you have any questions regarding refunds, please contact the box office during business hours at 712-279-4850.

Nebraska Health Care Seeking Professional Board Members

Lincoln – Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in partnership with the State Board of Health, is seeking members to serve on several professional healthcare boards. Professional board responsibilities include granting license privileges to healthcare providers and reviewing proposed regulations. The full term of service is five years, and most terms will end on November 30, 2028. Several vacancies are also available for partial terms and public memberships.

The following healthcare boards are currently looking for applicants:

  • Board of Alcohol and Drug Counseling – Alcohol or Drug Counselor; Mental Health
  • Board of Cosmetology, Electrology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, and Body Art – Cosmetologist; Electrologist
  • Board of Hearing Instruments Specialists – Hearing Instrument Specialist; Audiologist; Public
  • Board of Medical Nutrition Therapy – Physician
  • Board of Medical Radiography – Limited Medical Radiologist
  • Board of Medicine and Surgery – Osteopathic Physician; Medical School Faculty
  • Board of Mental Health Practice – Certified Marriage and Family Therapist; Professional Counselor; Public
  • Board of Nursing – Associate or Diploma Nurse educator; Practical Nurse; Nursing Service Administrator; Public (2)
  • Board of Nursing Home Administration – Physician; Registered Nurse; Public
  • Board of Occupational Therapy – Occupational Therapist or OT Assistant
  • Board of Pharmacy – Hospital Pharmacist
  • Board of Psychology -- Psychologist
  • Board of Registered Environmental Health Specialists – REHS (3)

Applications for board memberships can be requested in several ways:

Public member applicants must be at least 19 years of age, have been a resident of Nebraska for at least one year, must not hold an active credential in a profession subject to the Uniform Credentialing Act, must not be or have been employed by a facility subject to the Health Care Facility Act, and must not be the parent, child, spouse, or household member of a person currently regulated by the board to which the appointment is being made.

Board members receive per diem and are reimbursed for travel expenses.

Interviews will be held in Lincoln on September 17, 2023. Applications must be received by August 1, 2023.

Questions about the application process or for additional information should be addressed to Monica Gissler at Monica.Gissler@nebraska.gov or (402) 471-2948.