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Newscast: 01.28.22: SD Abortion Law Halted; SC Schools Hire New Teachers with federal ESSER Funds; A New Look at An Iowa Cold Case

Bryant Elementary School Sioux City
Bryant Elementary School Sioux City

Sioux City Community Schools use ESSER funds to hire teachers and lower class sizes in some elementary schools.

A federal judge temporarily has halted a South Dakota rule from taking effect that would have made the state one of the hardest places in the U.S. to get abortion pills.

U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier late yesterday granted a request from Planned Parenthood for a restraining order on a state Department of Health rule that was set to go into effect Thursday.

Republican Gov. Kristi Noem initiated the rule change through an executive order. It would have required people seeking abortions to return to a doctor to take the second of two drugs used for a medication abortion.

Abortion rights advocates said the rule change would have effectively ended access to medication abortions in South Dakota.

A bill to bar the sale of sweetened medical marijuana products and gummies has failed to pass the South Dakota House. The bill would have banned the sale of cannabis products with “added sweeteners, flavorings, or colorings.”

In an effort to better deal with learning loss due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sioux City Community School District today announced the addition of eight new elementary school teachers. Those teachers are funded by Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief or ESSER funds,

The district says the change has significantly reduced classroom sizes in grades kindergarten through third grade.

The funds allowed the district to hire eight teachers at five elementary schools: Bryant, Hunt, Irving, Leeds and Spalding Park Elementary School

The search for answers in the disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit has spanned nearly three decades. Now, ABC's "20/20" will take a new look at the case in a two-hour episode titled "Gone at Dawn."

Huisentruit, a KIMT-TV anchor, disappeared outside her Mason City apartment in 1995.

"Gone at Dawn" features interviews with police who have investigated Huisentruit disappearance.