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On The Exchange this week, we talk about the latest developments concerning the coronavirus in Siouxland and Iowa.  Our guests are Dr. Michael Kafka of Unity Point Health-St. Lukes who will talk about efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and how well the hospitals are prepared to treat it.'

Also we talk with.Dr. Amy Rief-Elks.  She is the Program Director of the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation Family Residency Program.  She shared her thoughts about the shortage of both doctors and protective gear during the pandemic. 

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The governing body for Iowa’s three state universities is imposing new travel restrictions due to coronavirus.

The Iowa Board of Regents is immediately canceling all university-sponsored international travel for all faculty, staff, and students at Iowa, Iowa State, and UNI for 30 days, including Spring Break.

In addition,  faculty, staff, and students who are already out of the country, are being recalled if they’re in China, Iran, Italy or South Korea.

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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.

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The amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is approaching the record set during the historic 2011 flood, and another round of flooding is expected this week after unusually heavy rains upstream.

Heavy rains dumped more than four times what is normal in parts of Montana, North and South Dakota, and Nebraska last week — triggering flood warnings.  The forecast for how much water will flow down the Missouri River has, in turn, jumped to 58 million acre-feet.

Coming up on The Exchange, we have an update on the continuing concern over the Renewable Fuel Waivers that have reduced the amount of corn-based ethanol that is mixed into the nation’s gasoline.  It is hurting farmers and ethanol producers.  

We talk with North Dakota State Agriculture Economist David Ripplinger, who says exporting more ethanol to Brazil will be of some help, the problem of ethanol waivers remains. 

Also, we talk with an instructor from Morningside College about new Spanish textbook that mixes in culture with grammar.

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Patrols of the Ickey Nickel should be allowed to legally camp on the bar and grill's property, that’s the verdict from yesterday’s meeting of The Sioux City Planning and Zoning Commission Board of Adjustment.  The Sioux City Journal reports that the board voted yesterday to rezone the property.

The Ickey Nickel recently had to suspend camping on their property at 4700 41st St. after a complaint was filed. According to the Ickey Nickel’s general manager, the complaint came as a surprise. The bar and grill had allowed camping for years. 

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The Iowa Boards of Regents today decreed that In-state students at the University of Iowa and Iowa State will be paying nearly four percent more in tuition costs beginning this fall.  The Board approved a proposed tuition increase for Iowa's public universities today. This action is the first in a planned five-year tuition model that was years in the making."

Out-of-state students attending ISU would pay about 5-percent more, and at Iowa, they would pay about a percent more in tuition.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is back at work after a trip to the hospital today.  Reynolds experienced chest pain earlier today and out of an abundance of caution went to the emergency room to seek medical care. The governor was seen by a physician. 

Her blood tests, chest x-rays, and electrocardiogram (EKG) test were all normal. She has been released from the hospital and is back working at the Capitol.  

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In-state students at the University of Iowa and Iowa State will be paying nearly four percent more in tuition costs beginning this fall.  The Iowa Board of Regents approved a proposed tuition increase for Iowa's public universities today.

Out-of-state students attending ISU would pay about 5-percent more, and at Iowa, they would pay about a percent more in tuition.

Base tuition levels at the University of Northern Iowa remained flat, to help UNI compete for students.

Iowa’s Board of Regents ---meeting in Ames today---will be setting tuition at the three state universities.

Today’s vote –hiking undergraduate ….. tuition three-point-nine-percent---at the University of Iowa and Iowa State is nearly a full-percent more than Regents last November were predicting last November.

      But …that was contingent on state legislators appropriating 18-million dollars to the Regents.  But they’re receiving six-million less.  

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A food pantry that serves more than 5,000 people a month in Sioux City is being evicted because the building it operates from has been sold.

The Midtown Family Community Center houses the food pantry, a free Saturday meal, and a 4-H program. Boys and Girls Home Inc. owns the building and had allowed the community center to use the building rent-free. But the building was sold last month. 

the grant funding the center receives provides only food for the pantry and Saturday meal. She says officials are looking for another neighborhood space to reopen.

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Republican Governor Kim Reynolds says she’ll tell President Trump she’s concerned about his threat to put new tariffs on all products from Mexico when he visits Iowa next week. 

President Trump says all goods coming into the United States from Mexico will be hit with new tariffs next week unless Mexico stops the flow of migrants crossing the southern border. 

Reynolds says she’ll tell Trump it’s critical to focus instead on ratifying a trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, Iowa’s top export markets.

Coming up on The Exchange, a look at how the recent assessments of Sioux City homes and commercial properties have affected one local business owner.

And the growing problem of online crime is creating an urgent need for more cybersecurity experts and the cyber economy has made things worse.


And the moral dimensions of environmentalism.  That and more on The Exchange, Wednesday at noon, and Friday at 9:00 a.m.

This is The Exchange on SPM, I’m MH.

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The trial for a homeless man accused of killing a former Iowa State University female golfer has been moved to northeast Iowa. A judge today agreed to set trial for the Winneshiek County Courthouse in Decorah on Sept. 10.

Twenty-two year old Collin Richards was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Celia Barquín Arozamena.  She was the 2018 Big 12 Conference women's golf champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year. The civil engineering student was found dead with multiple stab wounds Sept. 17 at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames.  

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The Mississippi River at the Quad Cities in Iowa and Illinois has reached a new record high.

The National Weather Service website this afternoon showed the river level at just above the mark reached on July 9, 1993, when there was massive flooding.

Parts of downtown Davenport, Iowa, remain underwater after the river tore through a temporary barrier. Several Mississippi River towns also are seeing floods that are closing in on levels reached in 1993. Two Mississippi River bridges have been forced to close.

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It looks like you are most likely to contract the West Nile virus from the pests buzzing around western Iowa, according to a study on mosquitoes in Iowa.

Iowa State University entomologist, Ryan Smith, says this is the first time they’ve been able to get an idea of the pattern of West Nile transmission. Smith says the ecology of the western counties is a big factor. He says one species of mosquito really likes farmland area — especially irrigated farmland.

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Republican Governor Kim Reynolds today signed a bill into law that requires colleges to promote free expression and to avoid attempts to shield students from the speech of others. The new law also bans “free speech zones,” which some lawmakers say infringe on constitutional rights by only allowing expression in certain areas of campus. 

County treasurers in Iowa abruptly canceled a scholarship program Wednesday that benefited their relatives and employees amid criticism that the vendor-funded awards were illegal gifts under state ethics law.

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  Republican Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law she says will protect free speech and expression on Iowa’s public college campuses.

Coming up next on the exchange, we talk with AP Tureaud, a civil rights pioneer that will visit Siouxland this week.  Tureaud says he will talk about the need to defeat hate, as we deal with disturbing images of racism at the highest levels of government in Virginia and North Carolina.

Also, the effort to create intellectual diversity at South Dakota public universities.

Moreover, a preview of a performance by the winner of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition.

That and more coming up on The Exchange, but first this news.

Welcome to The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media I’m Mary Hartnett.

Since the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, women have been more politically vocal and politically active.  In fact, an Iowa State University center for Women and Politics says more Iowa women are running for office and winning.  Diane Bystrom is the director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. Bystrom says the women have felt the need to get involved after the loss of the first female presidential nominee. 


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Three Iowa college education programs are in the top tier when it comes to training high school teachers, according to new report released this week.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Harnett has this report.

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The National Council on Teacher Quality’s report on more than 700 undergraduate secondary teacher preparation programs puts Coe College and University of Iowa in the top 16 programs in the country.  The state also had schools in the top tier of programs, according the NCTQ’s President Kate Walsh.


Regents Tuition Increase

Dec 5, 2016

The Iowa Board of Regents approved a plan at yesterday’s meeting in Cedar Falls to raise tuition two-percent at each of the state’s three public universities over the next year . . .  and the year after that.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

Buttercup Bill

Nov 15, 2016

An Iowa lawmaker has a few words of advice to public universities providing counseling to emotionally distressed students in the wake of last week’s presidential election. Sioux land Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

Republican Bobby Kaufman’s “suck it up, buttercup bill” is aimed at state universities that use extra taxpayer dollars to fund election-related sit-ins and grief counseling.  The Wilton lawmaker told the Des Moines Register Monday that “People have the right to be hysterical … on their own time.”