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The number of positive cases of COVID-19 has grown by another 19 in Iowa, bringing the state total to 124 confirmed cases, Gov. Kim Reynolds said today.

The latest report includes cases in Jasper County and Warren County in central Iowa. That means 30 counties in Iowa have positive cases.  Woodbury County has two confirmed cases.



During his State of the State address this morning Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts laid out his top priorities.

“Property tax relief.  Flood relief.  Veterans tax relief.  And growing our people and businesses.  These are four ways we can keep Nebraska strong and growing in 2020.”

Ricketts also recommended about $500 million in property tax relief over the next three years to help farmers, ranchers, home owners and businesses.  

A northwest Iowa woman originally charged with killing her husband has pleaded not guilty to making a false report to authorities.

Thirty-five-year-old Becky Hebert, of rural Akron was originally charged with second-degree murder shooting death of 40-year-old Jeremy Hebert in October of 2017.

The charged was dismissed just weeks later. 

Deputies reported that she said numerous times that she'd shot her husband, statements that they later concluded were lies.

A northwest Iowa police chief has been accused of injuring his wife during a fight at their home.

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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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CNN reports the White House denied Congressman Steve King’s request to join the president on Air Force One as he traveled to Council Bluffs, Iowa yesterday.

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst and Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska both joined Trump on Air Force One.

Siouxland Public Media contacted Representative’s King’s office for comment, we’re still waiting for a reply.

President Trump was in Iowa yesterday to celebrate a recent decision to lift restrictions on the sale of gasoline blended with 15-percent ethanol.

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s grateful the U-S Congress has finally approved a 19-billion-dollar disaster aid package that includes money for Iowa communities affected by flooding.

Floodwaters devastated western Iowa in mid-March, and floods have been affecting more and more of the state since then.

Reynolds says officials haven’t been able to get a complete damage assessment yet. 

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After many delays, Congress has passed a large disaster aid package with help for communities nationwide, including many in Iowa that are recovering from major flooding. Iowa Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley says some on-farm losses not automatically covered by disaster aid now will be eligible.

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Republican Senator Joni Ernst says President Trump has taken the right approach in trade talks with China. Ernst and Trump spoke by phone shortly after Trump threatened to impose more tariffs on Chinese imports.

Speaking to Radio Iowa, Ernst said after many months of negotiations, it’s time for a deal that will address China’s theft of intellectual property and other bad trade practices.

On another trade-related issue, Ernst is predicting the “U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement” will easily win passage in the U.S. Senate.

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Current and past attorneys general from both major political parties from several states are asking Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to veto a measure that would force Iowa's attorney general to seek permission to file out-of-state lawsuits.

They think the move designed by Republicans to keep Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller from joining lawsuits against the Donald Trump administration violates basic checks and balances.

Iowa would be the only state with such limits on an attorney general.

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Republican Governor Kim Reynolds may soon face a lawsuit over a provision she signed into law.  It would restrict publicly-funded health insurance from covering surgeries for transgender Iowans. If she approves a bill that restricts the attorney general’s authority, a lawsuit will likely follow that, too. 

Several new laws in recent years have faced court challenges, and some have been struck down.

Asked why this seems to be happening a lot, Reynolds says it’s part of the process.

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Republican Governor Kim Reynolds says she signed a provision into law that would restrict publicly-funded health insurance from covering surgeries for transgender Iowans because that’s how it was before.

Republican lawmakers passed the provision in response to an Iowa Supreme Court decision pointing out Medicaid must cover transition-related surgeries under the Iowa Civil Rights Act.

Reynolds signed it into law last week.  

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Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley says Congress won't consider a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada until President Donald Trump lifts tariffs that have prompted other countries to take actions that have hurt U.S. farmers.

Speaking today with reporters, Grassley said Trump must end steel and aluminum tariffs before Congress will ratify a United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. Farmers in Iowa and across the country have been hurt by reciprocal tariffs placed on agricultural products, including pork and soybeans.


Some Republican lawmakers in Iowa say they want to limit the powers of the state's attorney general, citing frustration that the Democrat joined lawsuits opposing the actions of President Donald Trump.

Attorney General Tom Miller joined six lawsuits in 2018 that aimed to obstruct Trump's policies, which included separating families of immigrants on the southern U.S. border and requiring additional citizenship information on the 2020 census.

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The ACLU of Iowa is suing the state over a law the group says prevents investigations of farm facilities like puppy mills.

The law, known as Ag Gag 2.0, says anyone who lies in order to gain access to a farm and intends to cause harm, can be charged with trespassing.

It was passed after the original was thrown out by a federal court. ACLU of Iowa legal director, Rita Bettis Austen, says the two are essentially the same.

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Republican lawmakers in Iowa want to limit the powers of the state's attorney general, citing frustration that the Democrat joined lawsuits opposing the actions of President Donald Trump.

Attorney General Tom Miller joined six lawsuits in 2018 that aimed to obstruct Trump's policies, which included separating families of immigrants on the southern U.S. border and requiring additional citizenship information on the 2020 census.

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The political news website Roll Call has changed its rating of Iowa’s second congressional district from solidly Democratic to a toss-up. After long-time Representative Dave Loebsack announced he’s retiring, the southeast corner of the state may not stay reliably democratic. That’s according to Central College political scientist Andrew Green.

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Republican Congressman Steve King says he’ll support President Trump if the president follows through on his threat to close the southern border.

King said Saturday that it was more a message than it was a policy, according to the Sioux City Journal.

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Iowa’s senior U.S. senator is criticizing Democratic lawmakers for voting down a disaster funding bill yesterday. The plan included aid for flooded communities in Iowa and Nebraska, but Senate Democrats say it didn’t offer enough support for hurricane-battered Puerto Rico. 

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says the vote puts Democratic presidential hopefuls in a difficult position.

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President Donald Trump has issued a new presidential permit allowing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, two years after he first approved the long-stalled project.

The permit issued today replaces one granted in March 2017. It is intended to speed up development of the controversial pipeline, which would ship crude oil from tar sands in western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

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The Iowa Senate has passed a bill to ban traffic cameras for the third year in a row. Supporters of banning traffic cameras say they violate due process rights and are a money-making scheme for local governments.

Senator Brad Zaun of Urbandale, the self-described “poster boy” on this topic, says it’s the right thing to do.

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The Nebraska Democratic Party has dumped caucus system in favor of the less costly and primary elections. The national democratic party wanted states with caucuses to make some changes to make them more inclusive and that proved to be very costly.

Also, we hear from a psychologists who says Donald Trump supporters and opponents are different in the way their brains work. 

And a new biography of University of Iowa football legend, Nile Kinnick.

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Coming up today on The Exchange, we hear about how pork producers and soybean farmers are dealing with the effects of retaliatory tariffs this harvest season, 

also, how supporters of the Iowa Labor Center are working to preserve the more than fifty-year-old advocacy center from budget cuts. 

That and more coming up on The Exchange today at noon.




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Coming up next on The Exchange, President Donald Trump has put tariffs on commodities like corn, soybeans and steel, to help even out America’s trade deficit with China.  However, Iowa farmers are already feeling the pain with lower prices and fears for the future.

Also, the sounds of the upcoming African Night.

And another Small Wonder with Jim Schaap.  That and more coming up on The Exchange, but first, this news.


Welcome to the Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett. 


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Welcome to The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media. I’m Mary Hartnett.  Last week, the administration announced that it would phase out the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA program if Congress failed to intervene in the next six months.  The announcement left many DACA dependent immigrants panicking about their status.

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President Donald Trump returns to Iowa next week when he comes to Cedar Rapids on June 21st.  Private foundations are pitching in to help students visit historic sites during Nebraska's 150th birthday.  Nebraska has a new state "reptile."  South Dakota's governor is working with lawmakers on a compromise to eas access to public lakes on private lands.  

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Jun 12, 2017

President Donald Trump is returning to Iowa next week with a trip to Cedar Rapids.  South Dakota lawmakers are meeting this week to decide some new rules for public lakes on private land.  A Sioux City water tower is getting a facelift, and another Iowa water tower will remain the same.  

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Jun 12, 2017

Iowa's insurance commissioner is working on a plan that would salvage health coverage for individual Iowans before all the insurers leave the state.  The Trump administration's budget cuts could start affecting Iowans this fall.  South Dakota sportsmen and women could soon take advantage of more naturally occurring lakes and ponds.

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Jun 8, 2017

Siouxland Republican Congressman weighs in on former FBI director James Comey's testimony before a Senate Committee (in advance), a UNO professor is offering free lectures on the August 21st solar eclipse and Iowa's oak trees are being hurt by agricultural herbicides.

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Iowa's Fourth District Republican Steve King says he finds nothing troubling in James Comey's testimony to the a Senate committee today about his dealings with President Donald Trump, Iowa oak trees may be suffering because of herbicide use, and South Dakota will hold a special legislative session next Monday on the use of nonmeandering bodies of water on private land.

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Jun 8, 2017

Siouxland Republican Congressman Steve King says too much is being made of former FBI director James Comey's testimony to a Senate committee, a Sioux Falls area wind energy group wants to repeal new rules on where wind turbines can be placed, and  a UNO professor is offering free lectures on the August 21st full solar eclipse.