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Newscast 08.25.22: NE Gov. Pete Ricketts on trade trip; Panhandling debated in Iowa; Tea, SD gets a highway

NE Governor Pete Ricketts on trade mission in London
NE Governor Pete Ricketts on trade mission in London

Panhandling ordinances have become a topic of discussion in several Iowa cities. Police in Sioux City say they are fielding more complaints about aggressive panhandling at busy intersections. Sioux City Police Sergeant Jeremy McClure says the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled panhandling is constitutionally protected speech.

In 2020, Sioux City officials passed an ordinance that bars anyone from standing or sitting in the middle of a street unless they’re on a median that’s at least six feet wide. That’s been the rule in Iowa’s largest city since April of 2019. Des Moines Police Sergeant Paul Parizek says the focus is on safety.

The city council in Atlantic has given initial approval to an ordinance to make aggressive panhandling illegal within city limits. It's modeled after a new ordinance in Manchester, where city officials have moved to prohibit what they define as aggressive panhandling at gas stations as well as on sidewalks, streets, parking lots, and other places open to the general public.

Nebraska governor Pete rickets is overseas leading a trade mission to the united kingdom and Ireland. The trip is focused on the insurance industry in London.
Ricketts says they are looking for partnerships with international insurance companies like Lloyds of London.

Governor Ricketts and others on the trip will also attend the Nebraska vs Northwestern football game Saturday in Dublin.

The new gender-identity policies for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha are being met by resistance in some schools, where they’re being criticized as “anti-Catholic” and “closed-minded.”
But some Nebraskans are cheering the archdiocese for telling its 70 schools to conform to church teaching on gender identity.

The new policies, will take effect Jan. 1.They cover the use of pronouns, dress codes and participation in sports, saying those should be determined by biological sex at birth. They also ban “gender-affirming psychotherapy,” use of hormone medications or surgery.
The archdiocese schools enroll about 19,000 students.

The police department in Vermillion, South Dakota is welcoming a new chief. crystal brady was recently hired following interviews with three finalists earlier this month.
She joined the vermillion police department in 2000 and has worked as an officer and detective. Brady has been the investigations lieutenant since 2013.

As Sioux Falls has grown wildly in the last two decades, so have nearby cities like Tea.
The demand for better roads to handle traffic into Tea swelled, as well.

Tea, South Dakota
Tea, South Dakota

The Argus Leader reports on Wednesday, Sen. John Thune joined city, county, and federal highway officials for a ribbon cutting to celebrate July’s completion of Gateway Blvd. from a two-lane rural county road to a four-lane urban highway.

This is a 14-million-dollar project that was 16 years in the making for a boom town whose main corridor sorely needed to match the immense growth of its city.”>

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