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NEWS 7.18.22: Warehouse Fire, Amoeba Death, Iowa Election Poll, and More

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The cause of an overnight fire in Sioux City is still under investigation.

Siouxland News-CBS 14-Fox 44 reports it broke out around 2 a.m. at a warehouse on Steuben Street. Some people living on the north side of town heard a couple of explosions. One bystander heard the blasts and saw flames shooting into the air. Tow trucks were called to the scene to help pull trailers away so firefighters could be better access to the fire.

A beach in southwestern Iowa is still closed after the death of a Missouri resident infected with a rare brain-eating amoeba. The death was made public over the weekend.

Health officials said they believe the parasite was contracted at Lake of Three Fires near Bedford, Iowa. The name and age of the patient who had been swimming in the lake will not be released.

Iowa officials closed the Lake of Three Fires State Park near Taylor County as a precaution on July 7.

People are infected when water containing the amoeba enters the body through the nose, usually, while the victims are swimming or diving in lakes and rivers. The fatality rate is more than 97%, according to CDC statistics.

The infections have primarily occurred in the south. It is the first case ever discovered in Iowa.

The Des Moines Register “Iowa Poll” shows Governor Kim Reynolds widening her lead over Democratic challenger Deidre DeJear.

In February, the Register’s “Iowa Poll” found Reynolds leading DeJear by eight points.

The new survey shows 48% of likely voters support Reynolds and 31% support DeJear. That’s a 17 point margin. The February survey asked likely voters about Reynolds and DeJear, while this month’s poll asked about other candidates. Rick Stewart, the Libertarian candidate for governor, got 5% support. Nine percent of those surveyed said they weren’t sure who they’d vote for in the General Election.

Iowa Poll results on the state’s U-S Senate race were released Saturday and found incumbent Republican Chuck Grassley leading Democratic challenger Mike Franken by eight points.

While Grassley leads Franken, the margin is narrower than in any Iowa Poll matchup involving Grassley since he was first elected to the U.S. Senate.

Grassley has not polled below 50% in a head-to-head contest since October 1980, before he went on to defeat incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. John Culver.

Franken’s campaign said the new poll shows Iowans are ready for a change and leaves no doubt that the race is winnable.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem did reverse her initial plan to call a special legislative session after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. She says the Republican-controlled Legislature will take up abortion-related issues next year. The state has a trigger law that immediately banned abortions after the court's ruling came out in June. Noem says South Dakota is already “the most pro-life state in the nation.” For abortion rights advocates, the governor’s announcement provided little comfort as they strategized how to restore access to the procedure.

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.