PM News Stories 12.4.19: Deadly Bank Robbery, Deer Investigation and Teacher of the Year

Dec 4, 2019

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Authorities in northern Iowa say a woman has been shot to death during the robbery of a bank in Kossuth County.

It happened this morning in the town of Lu Verne.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the suspect in the bank robbery fled the scene and was later taken into custody.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a deer in Woodbury County tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The DNR is monitoring the  area where the road-kill animal was found on the south side of Sioux City.  Another test is being done to confirm the findings. 

Chronic wasting disease impacts the brain of the animal and can cause weight loss and abnormal behavior and is always deadly to deer and elk infected.

The first of two shotgun seasons for deer hunters in Iowa opens this Saturday it runs through December 11th.

The second season goes from the 14th through the 22nd.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has offered her budget proposals for the next year while acknowledging that money is tight and instructing state agencies to scale back spending.

The Republican governor delivered her budget address in Pierre on Tuesday.

Noem told legislators to brace for slower economic growth amid uncertainty amid the 2020 election.

In just a few weeks, legislators will be in session to take up her proposals and hear from state agencies as they craft a final budget.

A 20-year-old Iowa State University student has become the youngest woman elected to office in Iowa history by winning election to the Ames City Council.

Rachel Junck defeated incumbent businessman Chris Nelson in Tuesday's runoff election.

Junck has said it is an honor to make Iowa history and represent a younger generation on the council.

Junck is the daughter of two Ames school teachers, and she grew up in the city that is home to Iowa State.

And, a Sioux City teacher has been named one of the top 5 in the state. 

Luis Lemus, a dual language teacher at Irving Elementary is a finalist for the 2020 Teacher of the Year. 

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds presented the teacher of the year award today to a history teacher from Cedar Rapids.  George Anderson, a former Marine was honored for his hand-on, problem-solving approach.