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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says the State Hygienic Lab now has the capacity of conducting 620 tests.  The announcement comes as public health officials announced one new case of coronavirus in the state, bringing the total positive cases here to 45. 

There has been a shortage of tests nationwide.

Reynolds says the state is working with private companies to try and come up with solutions for shortages in medical supplies.  Reynolds admits she doesn’t know the number of ventilators available in the state but the state is working on the problem.

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The Sioux City School District could be hiring some additional teachers next year, according to the Sioux City Journal.  At last night’s school board meeting, administrative officials say they are expecting a bigger budget next year, as initial projections aired Monday show new revenues could be up to 2.5 percent higher, while expenses could rise up to 3 percent.

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On this election day, voters in Sioux City are casting ballots for mayor, city council and school board.  It’s the first time the two elections have been paired together in Woodbury County.

Marilyn Tyler is the chairperson for a precinct on the northside of Sioux City.  Tyler says last month’s primary election was slow, but things are different this time around.

“It’s been very good so far.  We opened up at 7 and we had people here before then.  They waited and voted.”

Tyler says it’s important for people to vote.

A Sioux City teacher accused of sending critical letters to her superintendent and other district leaders is appealing her firing.      

Julie Fischer's petition for judicial review says the Sioux City Community School District board's decision to terminate her employment violated her First Amendment right to free speech.

Fischer is asking for a reversal of the board's decision, reinstatement and an award of back pay and benefits. No hearings have been scheduled.

Voters in two northwest Iowa school districts are going to the polls today to decide the fate of two school bond issues.

Storm Lake and Sergeant Bluff voters will have a chance to approve or reject the plans.   

School officials say enrollment is growing and more space is necessary.  

In Sergeant Bluff, the $33 million bond issue is smaller than three previous referendums and those failed.

The Storm Lake measure calls for a $15 million plan to build a new early elementary school and a new middle school gymnasium.

Woodbury County Jail

A LeMars, Iowa man faces charges of OWI and Vehicular Homicide.   

Thirty-seven year-old Darrick Toel is in the Woodbury County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

The one-vehicle crash on July 1st along Old Lakeport Road killed his cousin Ryan Toel.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed a motion Wednesday to intervene on a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline that would double the line's capacity.

North Dakota regulators have set a public hearing for November 13th on the proposed expansion.

Associated Press

The man who killed a former Iowa State University golfer from Spain was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  

Collin Richards pleaded guilty in June to first-degree murder in the stabbing death of 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena.

Police said Richards stabbed her on the course near the central Iowa campus in Ames and left her body in a pond.

Richards had been staying at a homeless encampment nearby.

Siouxland Public Media

Special report by Siouxland Public Media's Mae Macfarlane.

Every Thursday morning during the summer, if you were to enter the playground at Clark Early Childhood center, you would be greeted with a spray of water, muddy vegetables, and a group of gardening kindergarteners.    

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Sioux City School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman could receive a nearly 2 percent raise tonight, boosting his annual pay to more than $243 thousand dollars.  Last year, Gausman asked to board to freeze his salary.

At its meeting tonight, the school board will vote on a new three-year contract for Gausman.  He has been Sioux City school superintendent since 2008.

Gausman’s contract is in line with the previously approved raise for other administrators and the two percent raise union leaders negotiated for teachers. 

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Sioux City School District Superintendent Paul Gausman could receive a nearly 2 percent raise tonight, boosting his annual pay to more than $243 thousand dollars.  Last year, Gausman asked to board to freeze his salary

At its meeting tonight, the school board will vote on a new three-year contract for Gausman.  He has been Sioux City school superintendent for 11 years.

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Disaster aid in the wake of March floods has finally been passed by Congress, but Siouxlanders continue to have questions about what do with the damage to homes and property.  And Farmers are still struggling with the wet weather, trying to get their crops in the field.

And last week, Siouxlanders said goodbye to one of it’s oldest elementary school buildings, as Hunt school will be torn down and rebuilt.