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The threat of a strike for nurses at MercyOne in Sioux City appears to be over.

The union bargaining team announced on social media Thursday both sides worked out a tentative agreement.

Union members still need to vote for the agreement to become official.

The hospital and nurses were embroiled in a contract dispute spanning more than seven months.  Their contract expired in September.  Ten-days ago, nurses gave the go ahead for a potential walk out.  The hospital even contracted with a staffing agency in case the nurses hit the picket line.

There are new developments surrounding foreign students who made serious allegations against an exchange program at Western Iowa Tech Community College.  As Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reports a resolution appears to be far from over.

Both sides of the controversy released letters on Thursday. 

A majority of students who say they were mistreated by Western Iowa Tech and Siouxland-area businesses officially reached out to the Governor, U.S. Senators Grassley and Ernst, and the State Attorney General asking for an independent investigation.

NORTHERN STATE

The winter storm that hit Siouxland with a vengeance last weekend put a college basketball coach in a harrowing situation.

Saul Phillips is the head coach at Northern State in Aberdeen, South Dakota. 

His team played Friday night in Sioux Falls and as he took off for his next stop in Wayne, Nebraska that's when the adventure started.

He shared his story with Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer.

Northern State ended up beating Wayne State College 82 to 72 on Saturday night.

Slip us some bread, bro, cuz we're bringin' the jam! This week, we've packed our show with such faves as Mallrat, Death by Denim and Lime Cordial. Plus we'll also have music from such iconic artists as Macy Gray and Jeff Buckley!

JANUARY 21, 2020
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The president of Western Iowa Tech Community College held a news conference on Tuesday January 21, 2020, to respond to allegations made by a group of international students.  

“We were shocked and saddened to hear about the students and heard for the first time about it yesterday.”

Dr. Terry Murrell says 60 students arrived from Chile and Brazil for the school year in the fall of 2019 through a J-1 Visa exchange program.

Sioux City police are investigating a shooting after a man showed up at MercyOne with a gunshot wound late last night.  He told investigators someone shot him near Park Avenue and 29th Street.  That’s a couple of blocks away from Leif Erickson Park. The man who hasn’t been identified yet by authorities then drove himself to the hospital.

Ten O'Clock Blues 1.18.20

Jan 18, 2020

Grace Potter's latest album, Daylight, guides us into tonight's show. We'll also play Nathaniel Rateliff and Josh Hoyer back to back, just to see if there's anything to the conspiracy theory that they are, in fact, the same person. Speaking of Josh Hoyer he's coming to Sioux City next month, we've got all the details on this episode of the 10 O'Clock Blues!

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The statewide winter storm today has been upgraded to a blizzard warning in northwest Iowa, while more snow accumulation has been forecast across the state.

Blizzard warning criteria from the NWS are wind gusts of 35 mph or greater and one-quarter of mile visibility or less that lasts up to three hours.  

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A winter weather system moving across the country is dropping snow, sleet and freezing rain on eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa. Most schools in the region canceled classes and activities for today ahead of the storm system. Residents in Nebraska awoke to a blanket of snow and wind chills well below zero. The snow hit Iowa later in the morning. 

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for much of eastern Nebraska into central parts of the state that will remain in effect until early Saturday morning. 

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A winter storm dropping several inches of snow and sleet and also bringing in high winds lead to cancellations of classes, activities, and services across Iowa today.  Half of the flights from the Des Moines International Airport, where more than 4 inches of snow fell by midday Friday, were canceled or delayed. More cancellations were likely as the National Weather Service issued winter weather and storm advisories for most of the state. The northwestern corner of Iowa, including Sioux City and Storm Lake, is under a blizzard warning through Saturday. 

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