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On The Exchange, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon, on July 20th, 1969.  We talk with Dr. Todd Young, Professor of Physics and Astronomy and the director of the Fred G. Dale Planetarium at Wayne State College about the importance of the moon landing, and why the space program is so important to our future. 

We talk with some older Siouxlanders who recall watching the moon landing live on television all those years ago.  

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It a very hot and humid day in Siouxland and most of Iowa is under an excessive heat warning, where temperatures will reach in the 90s and heat index values could be as high as 110 degrees.

The National Weather Service says the heat warning is for the southern two-thirds of the state under Highway 20. 

Many areas are reporting damage after powerful thunderstorms blew through southeastern South Dakota early Wednesday morning.

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Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa is declining to directly answer whether he thinks President Donald Trump's comments toward four minority women in the U.S. House were racist.

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It a very hot and humid day in Siouxland and most of Iowa is under an excessive heat warning, where temperatures will reach in the 90s and heat index values could be as high as 110 degrees.

The National Weather Service says the heat warning is for the southern two-thirds of the state under Highway 20. 

Paul Fajman (FAY-min) is with the National Weather Service in Omaha, (which forecasts for southwest Iowa).   

Fajman (FAY-min) says Sunday may be the first day of relief. 

Today on The Exchange we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon, on July 20th, 1969.  We talk with Dr. Todd Young, Professor of Physics and Astronomy and the director of the Fred G. Dale Planetarium at Wayne State College about the importance of the moon landing, and why the space program is so important to our future. 

We also talk with some older Siouxlanders who recall watching the moon landing live on television all those years ago.  And we reminisce with Mary Hartnett and local historian Russ Gifford about their memories of the moon landing.

A deluge from this morning’s thunderstorm caused flash flooding downtown Sioux City.  And more  Powerful thunderstorms that blew through southeastern South Dakota damaged farm buildings and trees and cut power to hundreds.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning early Wednesday that included the cities of Armour, Parkston, Tripp, Delmont, Alcester, and Wakonda. Other areas were under severe thunderstorm warnings.

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This afternoon, former Vice President and Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden was in Siouxland.  He was in Le Mars talking about his approach to improving health care and insurance coverage for all Americans. 

Biden unveiled a plan yesterday that would add a "public option" to "Obamacare," with expanded coverage paid for by raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Biden will be in Sioux City tonight at Country Celebrations.  The event begins at 6:00 p.m.

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This afternoon, former Vice President and Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden was in Le Mars talking about his approach to improving health care and insurance coverage for all Americans. 

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The Iowa Environmental Council says the state’s approach to reducing nutrient runoff into waterways has been slow to meet its goals, six years into having a strategy in place.

In an analysis it released this morning (Tuesday), the council says at the current pace of adoption, it would take 90 years to meet the goal of 60 percent of corn and soybean acres having a cover crop.

Ingrid Gronstal (GRON-stoll) Anderson is the council’s Water Program Director.

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The ongoing trade war with China shows little indication of wrapping up, even with negotiators back at the table. Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says he’s not putting stock in rumors or predictions about when an agreement might be reached.

 Now I’m going to be very careful about being positive about things coming out.  

Both countries’ economies are feeling the pain from tariffs, Grassley says, but the whole world will ultimately benefit from a resolution.

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