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Tuesday afternoon’s Woodbury County Supervisors’ meeting will be missing one local lawmaker.  As Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reports Supervisor Jeremy Taylor isn’t expected to attend.   

Woodbury County Supervisor Taylor is weighing his legal options after County Auditor Pat Gill revoked his voter registration on Friday and then Monday said he is ineligible to serve on the board.

Gill says it will take a court order to reinstate Taylor.

Listen for more on Congressman King’s thoughts on impeachment and other issues this week on “The Exchange” with host Mary Hartnett.

At a town hall at the Ho-Chunk Centre in Sioux City on Saturday, Congressman Steve King addressed several issues; including trade, his goals for Congress and the most pressing issue out of Washington, D.C., impeachment.

King says the impeachment of President Trump started the day he was elected president. 

JANUARY 26, 2020
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Democratic candidate for president Bernie Sanders used his brief time off from the impeachment trial this weekend to campaign in Siouxland.

He stopped in Sioux City Sunday night after visiting Storm Lake earlier in the day. 

Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer was there as he brought some star power to the Convention Center.

The band “Portugal. The Man” entertains a group of more than 1,100.  

A rock concert atmosphere full of energized supporters for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in Sioux City.  Some couldn’t even fit in the room.

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Following script is a longer version of a Siouxland Public Media special report:

The Iowa Caucuses are about a week away and for the past several months the candidates have sought out the support of Siouxlanders.  Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer covered many of these campaign events and found insight from a young, but informed source with aspirations of her own.  

Disco lights and an occasional Disney tune set the scene for roller skating night at Girls Inc. in Sioux City, Iowa.

“I’m Maggie, I’m 10.” 

Katie Rock is the Campaign Representative for Iowa with the Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign. She will be traveling from Des Moines to take part in two different events in Sioux City on Tuesday, January 28th.

Rock talked to Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about her thoughts on the impact of coal energy and the transition to cleaner forms of energy. 

This week on The Exchange, Western Iowa Tech Community College is accused of human trafficking in connection with a group of exchange students from South America.  WIT President Terry Murrell strongly refutes those allegations and pledges to help students finish their programs of study.

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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.

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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.

JANUARY 21, 2020
Siouxland Public Media

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.

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