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News 11.11.21

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Parts of Siouxland could soon get a taste of a new season. A Winter Weather Advisory kicks in tonight through tomorrow afternoon for 15 counties across northwest and north-central Iowa

An official with the National Weather Service tells Radio Iowa driving could get tricky for areas of northern Iowa with one to two inches of snow expected to fall near the Iowa-Minnesota border.

All of Siouxland is currently under a Wind Advisory until tomorrow night.

The Winter Weather Advisory includes the counties of Sioux, O’Brien, Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Clay, and Lincoln County in southeast South Dakota.

The South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation says a triple murder in Bon Homme County was a likely case of domestic violence.

Forty-two-year-old Francis Lange made an initial court appearance on Wednesday. He faces six charges, including three counts of first-degree murder, in the Tuesday evening attack in Scotland, a small community about 30 miles northwest of Yankton.

Authorities say Lange went to the home of his ex-girlfriend Angela Monclova, shot and killed her, her father Librado Monclova, and Diane Akins. He then shot his ex-girlfriend’s mother and a 5-year-old girl. Lange was arrested a few hours later.

Due to the severity of the crime, a judge set a $2 million cash-only bond for Lange.

A man who is serving a 25-year prison sentence for rigging computers to win lottery jackpots for himself, friends and family is suing Iowa, claiming he was pressured four years ago to plead guilty to crimes he did not commit.

Eddie Tipton filed documents starting the lawsuit from prison in January 2020. He wants the court to halt all restitution he's been ordered to pay until a trial is held.

A lawyer from the Iowa attorney general's office asked a judge to dismiss Tipton’s lawsuit as frivolous. Tipton in 2017 accepted a plea agreement and was ordered to repay $2 million in illegal winnings from lotteries in Colorado, Wisconsin, Kansas and Oklahoma.

A coalition that includes labor unions and civil rights groups has launched a website and social media pages in its drive to get a measure to raise Nebraska's minimum wage to $15 an hour on the ballot next year. The Lincoln Journal-Star reports that Raise the Wage Nebraska says it wants to highlight the stories of the 195,000 Nebraska residents who’d see higher pay. The coalition needs to collect 87,000 signatures on petitions by July 2022 to get its proposal on the ballot in November 2022. The measure would increase the minimum wage by $1.50 annually until it reached $15 in 2026.

South Dakota’s Legislature has approved new political boundaries that are likely to shake up the Statehouse. Moderate Senate Republicans championed the proposal. The state’s population has shifted towards urban areas in the last decade and the map’s proponents argued that new legislative districts must reflect that change. House lawmakers unsuccessfully pushed a map that would have kept legislative lines close to their current positions. The proposal cleared the House by a handful of votes with a conservative group of Republicans opposing the redistricting proposal. It easily passed the Senate.

Siouxland honored Veterans Day with several ceremonies, including events at the Woodbury County Courthouse, the Siouxland Freedom Park in South Sioux City, with a ribbon-cutting for the new Brigadier General Bud and Doris Day Interpretive Center.

Cadets from the Sioux City Community School District’s ROTC started a 12-hour vigil at the Floyd Monument that started at five this morning.

Western Iowa Tech recognized military and veteran student and staff members yesterday with a special celebration and flag ceremony.

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.