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A new survey of bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states, including all three Siouxland states, suggests they're optimistic about the economy over the next few months.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the Rural Mainstreet Survey, and he says the signings of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement and the China trade agreement have boosted economic confidence across the region.

  

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34 states are now reporting high flu activity. 

That is an increase from 25 states last week.  Iowa and Nebraska are two of the 34 states experiencing high flu activity. 

In Iowa, the Department of Public Health lists influenza as "widespread" throughout the state.  The IDPH says this season there's been over 6,000 Iowans hospitalized for the flu and 11 people have reportedly died due to flu-related symptoms. 

The CDC reports widespread flu activity and Siouxland District Health is seeing an increase in our area.

Kristen Beal is the Infection Preventionist and Patient Safety Officer at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s.

“We went from 17% positive test rate to a, 40% test rate over the holidays and maintained that for a couple of weeks and now we’re at a 33% test rate this week.”

South Sioux City Police

Authorities say a Nebraska man has been arrested in a cold-case killing of a Salt Lake City woman in her apartment.

The South Sioux City Police Department said 55-year-old Bryan Reed awaits extradition to face Utah charges of murder and aggravated burglary in the Aug. 18, 1982 killing of 72-year-old Wilhelmina Reid.

Police said investigators  first interviewed Reed in December 2018 and at that time served a search warrant for his DNA.