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The latest news in Siouxland, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Iowa’s Governor ordered all flags in the state to fly at half-staff on Monday to honor a fallen Siouxland soldier.

Army Cpl. Eldert Beek, of Sibley was killed in 1950 when his unit was attacked during the Korean War. His remains were turned over by North Korea in 2018 and later identified. Beek was 20-years old. Family members say he always had a smile and loved his two little nieces.

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Iowa’s Governor ordered all flags in the state to fly at half-staff on Monday to honor a fallen Siouxland soldier.

Army Cpl. Eldert Beek, of Sibley was killed in 1950 when his unit was attacked during the Korean War. His remains were turned over by North Korea in 2018 and later identified. Beek was 20-years old. Family members say he always had a smile and loved his two little nieces.

The Sioux City Police released a review of a “use of force” incident at Perkins and found the officers involved acted within the department’s policies.

A video circulating on Facebook in late April showed a struggle between officers and a Black man.

A few days later, the police department released body camera footage from all officers on the scene. Investigators say the man was asked to leave the restaurant and refused and resisted arrest. At one point, the man was pushed into a booth with an officer pointing a taser at him.

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Iowa’s governor is asking for a congressional investigation after unaccompanied migrant children were flown into Iowa without her office being notified. Governor Kim Reynolds and Tennessee’s governor are asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a public hearing about the movement of migrant children into states.

Increased Patrols for Impaired and Distracted Drivers

Jun 10, 2021

Local law enforcement entities are teaming up with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau to help reduce a spike of deaths on the road in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Transportation reported a 25-percent increase in deaths this year over last year. The Iowa State Patrol told the Des Moines Register it is seeing some of the most dangerous driving in the organizations 85 years, with people driving too fast and using their phones.

The sponsor of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline says it is pulling the plug on the contentious project. The pipeline would have transported crude from the oil sand fields of western Canada to Steele City, Nebraska. Canadian officials failed to persuade the Biden administration to reverse its cancellation of the company's permit on the day the president took office. Calgary-based TC Energy said Wednesday it would work with government agencies “to ensure a safe termination of and exit from” the partially built project.

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Iowans will no longer be able to use a state website to check their own vaccination histories or those of their children. The change comes amid national controversy over whether employers should be able to require workers to get a coronavirus vaccine and a state law banning use or government issuance of "vaccine passports, according to the Des Moines Register. 

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law putting new limits on government agency diversity trainings and school lessons related to racism and sexism.

The new law says trainings and lessons must not promote certain ideas, including that the US and the state of Iowa are systemically racist or sexist.

In a statement, Reynolds claims that “critical race theory” teaches kids to judge people based on their race or gender. She says, quote, “I am proud to have worked with the legislature to promote learning, not discriminatory indoctrination.”

Iowa Department of Public Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports no additional deaths due to complications of COVID-19. 6,072 Iowans have died since the start of the pandemic, with 229 in Woodbury County.

There were more than 40 new cases statewide with two more in Woodbury County.

The 14-test positivity rate locally is just under the statewide rate of 2%. This shows low community spread.

New unemployment claims in Iowa fell to 3,859 in the week ending May 29. That’s two less than the previous week’s 3,861 claims.

However, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics released yesterday,  overall unemployment is once again on the rise. The DOL reports unemployment in Iowa currently stands at 26,737 claims, more than 1400 claims over the previous week’s numbers.

Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center Authority

State Auditor Rob Sand is alleging Governor Kim Reynolds’ appearance in COVID-19 public service announcements last year was a violation of Iowa’s self-promotion law. Reynolds denies this.

The law prohibits state officials from using public money to promote their name and image. But it contains an exception for disaster emergencies, and Iowa has been under a disaster emergency proclamation for more than a year because of the pandemic.