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Newscast 03.11.24: Hinton HS wrestling coach resigns amid abuse allegations; An update on the Woodbury County LEC project could come this week

Hinton High School

The Hinton School Board will vote on the resignation of Casey Crawford next week. Crawford served as head wrestling coach at Hinton High School for 15 years and plans to continue his job as a math teacher.

Authorities in Coralville (and Hinton) launched an investigation after players said older teammates used a taser on them during a meet last month in Coralville. A video on social media showed a boy being held down and tased on a hotel bed.

Two school administrators plan to step down at the end of the school year.

This week Woodbury County officials are expecting an update on the scheduled completion of the Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center. The current completion date is April 9th.

Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center jail rendering
Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center jail rendering

Project manager for the jail, Shane Albrecht of the Baker Group, says the initial walk through will begin Monday.

Chair of the Woodbury County board of Supervisors Mathew Ung and supervisor Mark Nelson, who is on the LEC board, says that Chief Jail Inspector Delbert Longley will inspect the facility.

Ung and Nelson say the county could have a decision by Tuesday, but the inspection could last through Thursday if there are issues with the LEC.

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.0 percent in January, down from the 3.2 percent announced in December but unchanged from a revised December rate, according to a new report from the Iowa Department of Workforce Development.


The state’s jobless rate was 2.9 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent in January.

The total number of unemployed Iowans decreased to 50,900 in January, down 1,100 from revised December data.

The total number of working Iowans decreased by 1,200 The labor force participation rate decreased to 67.3 percent from a revised December rate of 67.5 percent.

Beth Townsend, Executive Director of Iowa Workforce Development says that January’s report was mixed. On the positive side it shows the total number of nonfarm jobs remains 12,700 above last year’s total, even after retail businesses pared 2,000 jobs following the holidays,

But the state also saw 2,300 people leave the workforce voluntarily in January. Given we have over 58,000 job openings currently in Iowa, townsend says it is important we retain the Iowans in the workforce and recruit those who have dropped out.

The Sioux City Council will hear a presentation today about the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) project delivery approach for the phase rebuild of the city's aging wastewater treatment plant.


Hazen and Sawyer will deliver the presentation during the council's weekly meeting, which begins at 4 p.m. at City Hall.

The plant has posed significant safety issues and has a history of expensive compliance issues with the state Iowa.

Iowans who are pushing for a new bill to be signed into law to help disabled people who are employed will gather tomorrow at the statehouse.

The current Medicaid buy-in program, Medicaid for Employed People with Disabilities (MEPD), imposes income and asset limits that are too restrictive and effectively disincentivize work. The Iowa DD Council, which advocates for the development of services and supports so that Iowans with developmental disabilities can live and work better, is supporting a new bill called Work Without Worry,

The Iowa DD Council says the bill would raise the income limit and erase asset limits that currently disincentivize work and keep people with disabilities from earning a living wage. The group says the measure would also help people with disabilities on Medicaid save for large purchases like housing or transportation, or even getting married and starting a family.


If passed, The Iowa DD Council says the legislation would create a potential labor pool of over 150,000 competent, qualified workers, and allow Iowans with disabilities to pursue a life of independence with access to the care they need.

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