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Iowa election officials have stopped using a long-flawed database of felons who are ineligible to vote as they rebuild it from scratch. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate's office removed the database, which contained more than 100,000 entries, from the statewide voter registration system last week. Workers are recreating the list by reviewing each entry and adding back those that are verified felony convictions. They hope to complete the review before the November election

Photo used with permission by the Aldrich family

  

An investigation is underway after the death of a woman found near Macy on the Omaha Indian Reservation.

The community of Macy held a vigil last night near the field were the body of 29-year-old Ashlea Aldrich was found on Tuesday.

However, authorities have released very little details about her death.  

A former village clerk who was praised for her work in helping rebuild her northeast Nebraska community following a deadly tornado in 2014 has been accused of theft.

Kimberly Neiman was arrested Wednesday at her home in Pilger.  

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Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott won another term in office in yesterday’s general election.  He picked up almost 70% of the vote over Maria Rundquist.

And incumbent council member Rhonda Capron was defeated by the owner of SOHO Julie Schoenherr.   Capron was seeking her 3rd term in office and says she doesn’t plan to run again.

Six people were on the ballot for four school board seats.

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It looks like the possible repeal of Sioux City’s pit bull ban will be delayed.  The City Council will defer the 3rdand final reading of the ordinance repealing Sioux City’s pit bull ban.”. A final vote by the Council will take place only after the Animal Control Chapters of the City Code have been reviewed and further revised. 

The first reading on a revision to these chapters will be heard on Monday, November 4.

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City Council will defer the 3rdand final reading of the ordinance repealing Sioux City’s pit bull ban.”. A final vote will be made by the Council after the Animal Control Chapters of the City Code have been reviewed and further revised. The first reading on a revision to these chapters will be heard on Monday, November 4. 

Iowans will go to the polls next week for school and local government elections. It’s the first time these races are happening at the same time.

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A Polk County judge has ruled the state of Iowa can require voters to show an ID at the polls but struck down other parts of the 2017 voting law as unconstitutional.

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A Polk County judge has ruled the state can require voters to show an ID at the polls, but he struck down other voting law changes dealing with absentee ballots. 

The League of United Latin American Citizens and an Iowa State University student challenged sweeping voting law changes passed by Republican lawmakers in 2017.

They argued the voter ID requirement could prevent young, elderly, poor, and people of color from voting because these groups are less likely to have driver’s licenses and other forms of ID.

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Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is launching an effort to register more high school students to vote.

It follows a new law allowing 17-year-old Iowans to register to vote. They can also now participate in primaries and caucuses if they’ll turn 18 in time to vote in the general election.

Pate says with all of the presidential campaigns working in Iowa and more targeting of high school students, he thinks the state could see a big increase in youth registration and voter turnout.

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Coming up on The Exchange, a Republican takes Siouxland’s sixth district house seat after a whirlwind campaign.  That special election also ushered in the first test of Iowa’s voter ID law.

Also, tax reform on the docket for Iowa lawmakers this year.  While some say tax cuts are not what the deficit ridden state needs right now, others disagree.

The Exchange, Special Election, Voter ID, 01/17/18

Jan 18, 2018

The Exchange 011718  

Billboard

Coming up on The Exchange, a Republican takes Siouxland’s sixth district house seat after a whirlwind campaign.  That special election also ushered in the first test of Iowa’s voter ID law.

Also, tax reform on the docket for Iowa lawmakers this year.  While some say tax cuts are not what the deficit ridden state needs right now, others disagree.