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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.

  

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In her condition of the State address this morning, Iowa Gov Kim Reynolds is asking lawmakers to consider increasing the state sales tax by 1 cent to fund increased spending on water quality, the environment, and mental health care programs. 

To offset the tax increase she's proposing an income tax cut of 10% and a property tax cut. 

She would also like to raise the limit for the childcare tax credit from 45 thousand to 90 thousand dollars, and she will ask for unique childcare ideas.

The Iowa Senate and House of Representatives gaveled in this morning.  Republican Pat Grassley of New Hartford is the new speaker of the house.

Tomorrow,  Republican Governor Kim Reynolds will deliver her third condition of the state address.

She’ll set out her agenda for the year and unveil her budget proposal. They’re expected to include workforce and rural Iowa initiatives, and restoring felon voting rights.

Listen for live coverage on Siouxland Public Media starting at 10 a.m.

OCTOBER 16, 2019
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A candlelight vigil took place Wednesday night for nurses at MercyOne who are in the middle of a contract dispute with the hospital.  

Supporters fill the parking lot of the Sugar Shack Bakery located near MercyOne Hospital.

There’s a bit of dancing.

And, speeches by local politicians, including State Senator Jackie Smith.

“This is Sioux City, we have your backs.”

Here’s City Council Member Rhonda Capron.

“If you treat your employees right they going to bring it back to you and treat you right and that’s how it works.”

The national weather issued a freeze warning for tonight through tomorrow morning for parts of northwest Iowa and northeast Nebraska as temperatures are expected to dip into the 20s.

Woodbury County isn’t included in the warning.

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Oct 11, 2019

If you're hungry, you might try the Art Center, ARTilicious is tonight. Also there are a so many Fall Fest events we could only list a select few, and the Sanford Museum hosts a lecture on US/China/Iowa trade. 

Driving around Sioux City you might have noticed brightly colored signs supporting nurses at MercyOne in Sioux City. They’re in the middle of a contract dispute with the hospital.

Jennifer Beacom has been a nurse at Mercy for a dozen years.  She’s part of the negotiating committee for the UFCW local 222 

That’s the union representing the nurses at MercyOne.

Beacom shared the latest on the situation with Siouxland Public Media New’s Sheila Brummer on Tuesday night, including her thoughts on safety at the medical facility.

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In a couple of weeks, gamblers in Iowa can legally place bets on professional and college sporting events.

Tomorrow the  Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is likely to approve rules for sports wagering and approve license applications made by 18 of Iowa’s 19 state-regulated casinos. One of them is the Sioux City Hard Rock Casino.  

Officials with the Iowa Medical Board says it’s rare for doctors to face disciplinary action like a Sioux City plastic surgeon faces.

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Frank Lamere spent most of his adult life as an activist.  He lived in South Sioux City and worked as a member of the American Indian Movement in the 1970’s. 

LaMere was a leader in the Democratic party serving as a chairman of the National Native American Caucus and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention many times over. 

He recently received an honorary Doctorate from Nebraska Wesleyan University.  An honor that meant a lot to him.