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Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s disappointed that a federal judge temporarily blocked a new law critics call “ag-gag two-point-oh”.

The law creates a specific trespass crime for people who go undercover to investigate livestock operations and puppy mills. The ACLU of Iowa says the temporary hold on the law is a victory for free speech.

The South Sioux City Fire Department has been awarded a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant from FEMA. 

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The three survivors of a South Dakota plane crash that killed nine members of an extended family from Idaho are in stable condition today.

Brothers Jim and Kirk Hansen, who founded the nutritional and wellness products company Kyani, were killed. The crash also killed their father, Kirk Hansen's children, his sons-in-law, and Jim Hansen's son and grandson.

Kirk's son Josh and Jim's son Matt and son-in-law Thomas Long survived.

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Local law enforcement is warning state and federal officials that meth is increasingly an issue in rural Iowa. Prosecutors, investigators, and officers met with Governor Kim Reynolds and White House Drug Czar Jim Carroll on Thursday. 

Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens [STEVEN BAY-yenz] told them the drug trade is changing in rural communities.


A flash flood warning remains in effect until 12:15 this afternoon for the northwest corner of Iowa.  

Up to four inches of rain fell in Rock Valley forcing the warning for Lyon, northwest Sioux in Iowa and southeastern Lincoln county in South Dakota.

There is a thunderstorm watch for the next hour for Buena Vista, Dickinson, Cherokee, O’Brien and Clay counties in Iowa.

This includes the Iowa Great Lakes region.

The deadline for people in Woodbury, Monona and seven other counties in Iowa is on July 1st.

Siouxland Public Media

People in nine Iowa counties hit hardest by flooding this spring have one more week to register with the federal agency tasked with disaster recovery.

Woodbury and Monona counties are part of that disaster declaration.

Registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency can help homeowners and renters get grants to repair their home or pay for temporary housing. Deanna Frazier    is a spokeswoman for FEMA.

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Time is running out for Nebraska and Iowa homeowners, renters and business owners to apply for federal aid to recover from this spring's flooding.

Wednesday's the Nebraska deadline for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Iowa deadline is July 1.

Nearly 200 people will lose their jobs at a factory in northern Iowa that announced plans to close next year.

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Iowa farmers ---using….. five….. sunny and dry work days during the past week----now have planted …ninety-three-percent…. of Iowa’s corn acreage. 

That’s nearly three-weeks behind…. the five-year average progress….. at this stage of the growing season.

This (Monday) afternoon……Mike Stewart….farming near Mount Vernon…. was among those scrambling to get seeds in the ground….

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Coming up on The Exchange,

Disaster aid in the wake of March floods has finally been passed by Congress, but Siouxlanders continue to have questions about what do with the damage to homes and property.  And Farmers are still struggling with the wet weather, trying to get their crops in the field.

And last week, Siouxlanders said goodbye to one of it’s oldest elementary school buildings, as Hunt school will be torn down and rebuilt. 

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Rossyveth Rey-Berrios

Woodbury County was declared a Federal Disaster Area after flooding in March.  FEMA showed up in the aftermath to assist with homeowners and businesses.  One person in the forefront of that effort shared her story with Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer.

Flooding dominated the news headlines in Siouxland this year. 

“Federal officials are setting up shop in town to provide help those in need.”

FEMA, along with spokesperson Rossyveth Rey-Berrios, arrived on the scene.