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A vote on a referendum for a new county jail should be delayed, that’s according to Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor. Taylor wants a potential vote on a $49 million new county jail to be held in September rather than March.  However, the other four supervisors are not in agreement.

Taylor says today that the public needs more time to understand and think about the details about the project. If passed, the proposal would raise property taxes for county residents for 20 years. 

On this election day voters in Sioux City are casting ballots for mayor, city council and school board.  It’s the first time the two elections have been paired together in Woodbury County.

Marilyn Tyler, is the chairperson for a precinct on the northside of Sioux City.  Tyler says last month’s primary election was slow, but things are different this time around.

 “It’s been very good so far.  We opened up at 7 a.m. and we had people here before then.  They waited and voted.”

Tyler says it’s important for people to vote.

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A broad coalition of biofuel and farm advocates today sent a letter to the White House calling on President Trump to fix a proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency. It notes that the EPA’s draft plan undermines the administration’s commitment to restore integrity to the Renewable Fuel Standard and accurately account for biofuel demand destroyed by Small Refinery Exemptions 

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association sent out a news release saying the letter says was signed by 60 organizations, including the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. 

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The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced plans to resume federal executions for the first time in 15 years.

Five inmates are scheduled to be put to death for their crimes, including Iowa-native Dustin Honken.

Honken received the death penalty in 2004 for five murders, including two children in 1993. 

Their bodies were discovered in a mass grave near Mason City in 2000. 

Retired Federal Judge Mark Bennett sat on the bench during Honken’s trial in Sioux City . 

Welcome to The Exchange, I'm Mary Hartnett.  It seems likely that a Nebraska death row inmate will die by lethal injection next Tuesday, August 14th.  An attorney for condemned killer Carey Dean Moore said yesterday the execution is expected to take place as scheduled.

Iowa Death Penalty Bill Laid to Rest

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State lawmakers have scrapped plans to resurrect the death penalty in Iowa this year. 

Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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