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Heavy rain has caused Flooding in southeastern South Dakota and closed schools for a second day today.  There were also some who had to evacuate their homes. 

Mitchell, Dell Rapids, and Madison received more than 7 inches of rain over two days

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will briefly reduce water releases from Gavins Point Dam this weekend, then increase them later next week. The goal is to evacuate record-setting rainfall that has fallen this month across much of the upper Missouri River basin.

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Flooding from the torrential rain that's soaked much of southeastern South Dakota closed schools for a second day today submerged city streets and caused some to evacuate their homes. In Brandon, northeast of Sioux Falls, the heavy rain turned the local golf course into a lake. Portions of the 18-hole course and an office at the clubhouse were flooded.

It’s been found that District Judge Tod Deck had no conflict of interest while presiding over Tran Walker's double-murder trial.   Walker's case will proceed to sentence, scheduled for Sept. 20 in Woodbury County District Court, according to the Sioux City Journal.  Walker was convicted for killing two companions.

A  religious activist accused of burning four LGBTQ children's books that he checked out of the Orange City Public Library has been convicted of criminal mischief and fined.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says Paul Robert Dorr, of Ocheyedan, was found guilty of the misdemeanor today and ordered to pay $125 in fines and court costs.

Dorr posted a video to Facebook in October in which he denounced the Orange City library for having the books and threw them into a burning barrel.

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State regulators vote tomorrow on rules that would allow sports betting in Iowa.  The legislature approved betting on college and professional sports earlier this year. If the guidelines are adopted by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, the first wagers could be made as soon as mid-August. Most of the rules cover casinos and companies that contract sports betting technology. The rules also tell casinos and race tracks to create designated areas for sports betting where people can register before placing bets in person or on mobile apps. 

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha, Nebraska, says repair work on a levee breach near Hamburg, Iowa, has been completed.

The agency says the breach was one of four priority breaches to be closed in the wake of historic flooding along the Missouri River in March.  The Corps says more than 500 miles of levees on the Missouri, Platte, and Elkhorn rivers, as well as other tributaries, experienced significant flood damage this year.

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Despite earlier predictions of dry weather, rain and hail could threaten Sioux City-area Fourth of July celebrations tomorrow. 

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls says strong winds and hail are possible tomorrow night with thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. The Sioux City area could be in a "pattern" of thunderstorms over the next several days. 

The amount of water flowing into the lower Missouri River will remain high throughout the summer and fall, and that water will likely continue to exacerbate flooding downstream.

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The amount of water flowing into the lower Missouri River will remain high throughout the summer and fall, and that water will likely continue to exacerbate flooding downstream.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to keep releases from Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border near current levels — which are more than double the average amount.

The high releases will likely continue worsening flooding downstream — in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas — where many levees were damaged during severe March flooding.

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High temperatures continue in Siouxland, up in the nineties today and down to the 80s by tomorrow.  There is a heat advisory in effect until 9:00 p.m. tonight. 

The high heat is causing the concrete to buckle on some stretches of northwest Iowa roads.

Troy Clouse, with the Iowa Department of Transportation, says he and his crews responded to five reports of pavement blowouts during the weekend in Plymouth, Sioux, and Woodbury counties. Clouse told the Sioux City Journal they are making temporary repairs.