Noon Newscast 5.7.19

May 7, 2019

Credit City of Sioux City

The Dakota County officials approved paying $1.5 million to cover damage done during flooding back in March.

The Sioux City Journal reports the plan passed yesterday by Board of Commissioners would allow the county to borrow the money to pay for roads and bridges.  

The move was done to help pave the way for federal money to eventually cover the costs.

The Sioux City City council approved paying for a new scoreboard for the Tyson Events Center. The cost $877,000.  It’s expected to be installed by the first of September.

A Des Moines suburb has approved a $400 million development agreement with Facebook for construction of another data center building.

It will be the fifth building Facebook has built in Altoona and will be exempt from property taxes for 20 years.

But Facebook has agreed to pay a yearly fee of nearly 60% of what it would otherwise have paid in property taxes.

Officials say the new building is expected to bring 70 new jobs to Altoona.

Facebook's headquarters is in Menlo Park, California, south of San Francisco.

Fireworks will return to Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota for the Fourth of July celebration in 2020.

Mount Rushmore's fireworks were stopped 10 - years ago due to concerns related to a pine beetle infestation that increased fire concerns in the Black Hills National Forest. Officials now say the threat is now gone.

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado ripped through parts of Lincoln on Sunday night.

The twister remained on the ground for about 2 minutes, traveling about a half-mile toward downtown. It was rated an EF2 tornado, with peak winds of about 120 mph.

No one was hurt, but the tornado destroyed sheds, damaged homes and businesses and snapped trees.

The service says other Lincoln damage was caused by straight-line winds.