Siouxland District Health reported two more deaths in Woodbury County on Tuesday due to COVID-19 complications.  There were 50 new positive cases.  The current number of positive cases Tuesday afternoon was more than 2,300.

Dakota County health officials reported no cases and two more deaths for a total of 16 and more than 1,500 positive cases.  There are now 36 deaths in Woodbury County and Dakota Counties.

The number of confirmed cases of the new cornavirus in Iowa jumped by 102 for a total of 1,048.  So, far the illness has claimed 26 lives in the state.

Health officials say long term care facility and resident make up 11-percent of COVID-19 cases and 46-percent of deaths in the state.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is defending her use of a tool to help guide the state’s response to the outbreak that critics have called arbitrary and unscientific.

The matrix developed by the Iowa Department of Public Health looks at four data points in six regions of the state.

Spring arrives in one month, but many in Siouxland still have problems dealing with the financial part of winter.

The Community Action Agency of Siouxland offers a special program to keep people warm during this cold season.  The Executive Director of the group, Jean Logan, tells Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about the LIHEAP and more.   

For more on the LIHEAP program check out the website

The Exchange, Wednesday, February 19, and Friday, February 21.

February is Black History month, and we talk with one of the editors of a new book that contains first-person stories and photos of African Americans who were once enslaved.  The interviews were done by writers with the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s.  

Also, a preview of a program at the Sioux City Public Museum this weekend where you can learn everything you need to know about the upcoming 2020 census that takes place April 1st.

There’s a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of Siouxland including Woodbury County until 6 tonight.  The National Weather Service says areas under the advisory could get up to six inches of snow.  Sioux City could see another three inches this afternoon.

Wintry weather forced several school districts in Siouxland to either start late or cancel classes all together today. 

And, even though Spring doesn’t officially start for another month, an energy assistance program is available for low-income people in Iowa.

Siouxland Public Media Newscast, 5:04, 03.27.19

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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.