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Early findings show that the bridge that was burning yesterday under I-29 in Sioux City has sustained more than the black soot marks.  Iowa Department of Transporation authorities say it's too early to speculate on the degree of damage the culvert bridge sustained after the encampment blaze, which is under investigation. 

The low-hanging Interstate 29 bridge near the Wesley Parkway overpass was only a year old when it was scorched by flames from a burning homeless encampment yesterday afternoon.   

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Traffic still being diverted on Interstate 29 near Wesley Parkway.  A fire broke out this afternoon near an interchange and that caused the closure. Sioux City Fire Rescue is on the scene of the fire.  

The Iowa Department of Transportation says traffic is being diverted near the I-29 exits at mile markers 147 and 148 in Sioux City.

An IDOT official says at 3:30 p.m. a fire took place under the primary northbound I-29 lane over Perry Creek.

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With news of a tentative trade deal between the U.S. and China, Iowa U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley says he welcomes progress — but with a healthy amount of caution.

Grassley, a Republican, says the initial information that’s being released on the accord “gives me hope, at least some hope” he tells Radio Iowa, that the partial deal can be turned into a “full deal.” “I’m also under no illusions that this is going to be easy,” Grassley says. “After decades of broken promises from the Chinese, there should not be an agreement based on trust.”

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The Iowa Department of Transportation re-opened a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 29 in western Iowa.

Both directions of I-29 from Crescent to Loveland in Pottawattamie County were closed yesterday because the water was over the roadway in the northbound lane. The water has largely receded

Republican lawmakers have chosen Pat Grassley to lead the Iowa House of Representatives. The decision comes a week after Speaker Linda Upmeyer announced she’s stepping down.

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Renewed flooding over the weekend has again forced the closure of a ten-mile section of Interstate 29. Due to water over the highway, it’s barricaded from Exit 61 near Crescent to Exit 71 near Loveland. It’s at least the fourth time I-29 has been closed by flooding in western Iowa this year and that stretch of roadway was just opened by the DOT on Friday.

The Missouri River at Omaha is rising and should crest near flood stage at 29 feet later today.

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The Trump administration announced today it plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, reversing a decline caused by exemptions given to oil refineries.

The proposal follows months of complaints by Midwest farmers, politicians and the ethanol industry that the federal government's granting of waivers to refiners had violated federal law and forced some ethanol plants to close.

The Iowa Department of Transportation has reopened a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 29 in western Iowa, after flooding closed it late last month.

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The Trump administration announced today it plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, reversing a decline caused by exemptions given to oil refineries.

The proposal follows months of complaints by Midwest farmers, politicians and the ethanol industry that the federal government's granting of waivers to refiners had violated federal law and forced some ethanol plants to close.

The Iowa Department of Transportation has reopened a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 29 in western Iowa, after flooding closed it late last month.

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Sports betting in person began today at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Sioux City.  

State regulators approved the Casino's new sportsbook, last month it didn’t start taking its first bets on professional and college sports until today. Betting online or via app won’t be available until mid October.  Sioux City State representative Jacob Bossman voted to legalize sports betting.  He was at the Hard Rock today.  Bossman says sports betting was happening already without any regulation.

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Floodwater from the Missouri River has forced officials to close a portion of Interstate 29 in western Iowa.

The Iowa Transportation Department said Friday the 10-mile stretch extends north from the Crescent exit to the Missouri Valley area. A detour is in operation. Several I-29 interchange ramps are closed in southwest Iowa as well.

The river continues to rise and flood mostly rural land in Nebraska and Iowa and is expected to crest Saturday near Omaha.

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