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Newscast 05.04.22: Iowa Democrats Hope to Hold onto 1st in the Nation Presidential Caucuses; Voters Cross Party Lines to Vote in Neb. Gubernatorial Primary

2024 Iowa Caucuses

Open burning is once again allowed in Woodbury County, but Sioux City residents still must obtain a permit to do so. The county's open burning ban was lifted this morning.
Sioux City Fire Rescue says open burning within city limits is not allowed without obtaining a permit from the city fire marshal's office. Permits allow burning of twigs, small branches and landscape waste only.

Iowa Democratic Party leaders say they’re considering “substantial changes” to make their Caucuses more straightforward and accessible.
Iowa Democratic Party chairman Ross Wilburn is arguing Iowa represents geographic diversity that’s important for the party’s prospects across the country. He released a letter today to national party leaders, asking that Iowa’s 2024 Caucuses remain first in the presidential nominating process. The Democratic National Committee has made it clear that’s in doubt.

Voter registration figures compiled today show 6,440 more Nebraskans were registered as Republicans in May than there were in April along with a corresponding decline of 3,838 registered Democrats.
Thousands of Democrats may have changed their registration to participate in the hotly contested Republican gubernatorial primary election. There are nine candidates.

Nebraska Primary Election

The numbers were compiled by the secretary of state's office and marked the completion of voter registration to participate in the May 10 primary election.
Voter registration figures show an overwhelming Republican majority in the state.

A $2 million federal grant will allow Briar Cliff University to renovate Toller Hall and add a new academic wing that will house all of its health care sciences programs. The grant was funded by the American Rescue Plan.

Briar Cliff University

As part of the project, Briar Cliff will create the School of Interprofessional Health and Help Sciences, a health care workforce training facility.

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