Kenny Wayne Shepherd kindles our broadcast this time with the lead off from The Traveler, the band's latest album. Also we hear from the Taylor Scott Band, who will be performing the last Downtown Live event of the summer on Friday and a dynamic young piano player named Ben Levin favors us with a Big Bill Broonzy song.
The SCSO wraps up this season and looks forward to the next, SITP annouces the remainder of the acts for both stages, LAMB Arts opens a musical and the Sioux City Human Rights commission hosts a forum on strengthening community relationships.
The Sioux City Zenith plant closed more than 40 years ago, but a New York filmmaker is bringing it back to life. Jay Shapiro has been in Sioux City this week talking with former employees and their families for a new documentary. He has also been meeting with George Lindblade, who produced a documentary about the struggle to keep the Zenith plant open.
Iowa Senate Democrats called today for Republican Governor Kim Reynolds to quickly sign an executive order allowing felons to vote once they have completed their sentences. Reynolds has made a constitutional amendment restoring felon voter rights a top priority for two years. But, Senate Republicans have rejected her proposals. Against a backdrop of protests over racial injustice following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Reynolds this month promised to sign an executive order. Iowa is the only state that disenfranchises all felons.