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Newscast 09.29.23: Ex-North High girls cross-country coach spared prison time for sexual exploitation of students; Looming government shutdown could leave needy Iowa families hungry

Woodbury County Courthouse, Sioux City, Iowa
Woodbury County Courthouse, Sioux City, Iowa

A Woodbury County District judge today sentenced an ex-North High School cross country coach found guilty of sexual exploitation to two years of probation and a suspended two-year prison sentence.

District Judge Roger Sailer sentenced 41 year old Abdier Marrero after denying Marrero's request for a deferred judgement. In August a Woodbury County jury found Marrero guilty of one count of sexual exploitation by a school employee.

The Capitol Building in Washington, D.C,
The Capitol Building in Washington, D.C,

The possible government shut down in Washington D.C. has many social service providers concerned about the effect on programs that provide food to needy families. Each month the federally-funded Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children doles out funding for applicants at or below 185 percent of the U.S. poverty level.

Danielle Pettit-Majewski directs a program that administers WIC in Johnson County. She says she’s already getting calls because September’s benefit was smaller than normal. A complete stop to the program will mean real pain for households.

And so we're trying to share as much information with our clients as we can, but we're really kind of in the dark to about what will happen.”

32 elected officials are asking Iowa Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks to pass a budget and avoid a government shutdown. Miller-Meeks says she supports a stopgap measure. But the bipartisan measure passed by the Senate has been held up by fellow Republican Speaker of House Kevin McCarthy.

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