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Newscast 06.05.23: Davenport officials look for clues in building collapse; IA HIV rates hold steady as national rates decline; Sioux Falls becomes tourism hub

City of Davenport

Officials in Davenport say the bodies of three people were found in the wreckage of the partially collapsed building over the weekend. Police say no other remains thought to be in the wreckage.

The bodies of Brandon Colvin, Sr., Ryan Hitchcock and Daniel Prien were found over the weekend. The city says it’s been focused on recovering their remains. And according to Davenport Mayor Mike Matson, it’s now putting more resources towards investigating what happened.

The mayor says the city is looking into an emergency call placed one day before the fall. A day before the building fell, the Davenport fire department responded to the building after a 911 call suggested the building’s exterior wall wasn’t safe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the estimated new HIV infections have fallen nationwide from 2017 to 2021, while Iowa’s new infection rate has remained virtually unchanged.

The Centers for Disease Control

State medical director Robert Kruse says about 14-percent of Iowans with HIV are unaware they’re living with the virus. Kruse says the rate of new HIV diagnoses have increased among many vulnerable groups, including Iowans born outside the U.S.

Lutheran Services in Iowa is celebrating the opening of an office in Sioux City. The agency provides services in immigrant and refugee resettlement, early childhood needs, and foster care and adoption.
Sarah Green, the vice president of philanthropy and church relations with LSI, says they need more people to help with their services and to donate supplies for the refugees.

The Sioux City Council is being asked today to approve an agreement between the city and Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District for the construction of the Big Sioux pedestrian bridge crossing project.

The bridge will be built over the Big Sioux River, linking Sioux City and Dakota Dunes' trail systems. Construction is slated to begin no later than Aug. 1, 2025. An effort to make the project a reality was undertaken in 2008, but it didn't move forward due to resistance from some South Dakota residents.

When people think of South Dakota tourism, they often think of the Black Hills. But the Sioux Falls metro area is surpassing those regions.
In 2022, 14.4 million visitors in South Dakota spent a total of $4.7 billion, according to data from the The South Dakota Office of Tourism South Dakota Department of Tourism. And the southeast part of the state surpassed the Black Hills and Badlands region in terms of visitor spending.

Downtown Sioux Falls, SD
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Downtown Sioux Falls, SD

State tourism officials say Out of the four tourism regions — Southeast, Black Hills & Badlands, Glacial Lakes & Prairies, and Missouri River — the southeast region brought in the largest spending impact at $1.86 billion. The Black Hills region came in second last year at $1.81 billion, with Glacial Lakes at $0.68 billion and Missouri at $0.37 billion.

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