Noon Newscast 6.24.19

Sep 24, 2019

RESCUED TODDLER
Credit Crawford County Sheriff Jim Steinkuehler

A tense time for a family in west-central Iowa after their daughter disappeared last night.  

Authorities launched a massive search after the girl, who is three, got lost in her family’s cornfield.

Deputies and first responders from Crawford and Monona Counties descended on the farm north of Charter Oak.

Two hours later, the girl was found.    

On Facebook, Crawford County Sheriff Jim Steinkuehler posted a photo of the smiling toddler saying “in times of trouble communities do come together.”    

CRAWFORD COUNTY SHERIFF JIM STEINKUEHLER

The Sioux City Council unanimously voted to move forward with a renewable fuels project at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Yesterday, the council approved a contract of almost $6 million with a company in Michigan.

The latest round of flooding along the Missouri River will likely slowly begin to subside over the next several days. The river reached its peak near Council Bluffs on yesterday and is expected to fall below minor flood stage there on Saturday.

The Iowa Department of Transportation continues to monitor portions of I-29 and I-680 in western Iowa where water has spilled onto roadways.

The Iowa DOT is hoping for water to be off of the roads by Saturday.

Once water is off the roads, they can inspect them, clean the debris and make repairs.

Meanwhile, A highway linking southeast Nebraska with northwest Missouri has been closed.

The Nebraska Transportation Department says U.S. Highway 159 east of Rulo is closed on the Nebraska side of the Missouri River bridge.

The West Des Moines Community School District has stopped a high school football team's volunteer chaplain from praying with players before and after games.

The district received written concerns from parents that the prayers were a violation of the First Amendment.

The district’s lawyers are looking over the issue.

The chaplain doesn’t work for the district.

He works with West Des Moines Community Schools Fellowship of Christian Athletes, an independent organization that works with Christian students enrolled in West Des Moines schools.