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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is getting support this afternoon in Siouxland as former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry will visit his campaign office in Sioux City this afternoon.  Listen for coverage during “All Things Considered”.

Iowa’s senior U.S. senator says he expects the U.S., Mexico, Canada trade agreement to get “unanimous support” today in a Senate Finance Committee hearing. Republican Chuck Grassley, who chairs the committee, also expects passage in the full Senate. 

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The Sioux City Council will be asked today to approve a pre-construction agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation for the reconfiguration of Iowa 12/Riverside Boulevard to a three-lane roadway, according to the Sioux City Journal.

The project would reconfigure Iowa 12/Riverside Boulevard from four lanes to three on Iowa 12 from War Eagle Drive to Military Road.  

Iowa is the only state that still bans all people with felony convictions from voting unless they appeal to the governor.

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Democratic presidential candidate and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is back in Iowa less than a week after completing visits to all 99 counties and about a month ahead of the Iowa caucuses.

Klobuchar held a town hall in Sioux City today (Thursday). She read a question from a voter asking how she’d flip back counties that voted for President Barack Obama in 2012 and President Donald Trump in 2016. She says that happens by visiting small rural towns where it’s sometimes “uncomfortable.”

JANUARY 2, 2020
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The start of the new year also brought a change to the Sioux City Council.  Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reports.

On Thursday, January 2nd, 2020  a few city leaders took the oath of office at City Hall in downtown Sioux City.

Mayor Bob Scott was sworn in for a third consecutive term. 

Also, new to the council, the owner of SoHo Kitchen and Bar, Julie Schoenherr.

Schoenherr beat incumbent Rhonda Capron in November.

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Democratic Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar told potential Siouxland caucus-goers today that her campaign has surged since the December 19th debate.  The Minnesota US Senator told supporters at the Orpheum Theater today that that financial boost has meant a lot to her campaign.

“After that last debate, we raised over a million dollars in small contributions in 24 hours.  So we’re seeing a total surge that’s allowed us to double our staff in the state of Iowa. “

This afternoon, the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors will vote on building authority for a new jail and law enforcement center.

Yesterday, the Sioux City Council unanimously voted to support the authority.  It would oversee the $49 million dollar project.

The public would still need to approve the new facility.  It is expected to go before voters in Woodbury County in March.

A send-off this morning for the Morningside Mustangs.

The football team left this morning for Louisiana to play in the NAIA football National Championship game.

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The Sioux City Council is expected to vote today to vote on an ordinance that would amend water rates for South Sioux City and Dakota Dunes.

According to the Sioux City Journal, the City of Sioux City entered into agreements for water service with South Sioux City and Dakota Dunes in 2002. The agreement with Dakota Dunes was amended in 2004.

The 2020 rates for South Sioux City will decrease by 7.3 percent, while Dakota Dunes' rates will decrease by 4.8 percent. The minimum monthly charge is set at $1,000 per community. 

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The National Weather Service is predicting near-blizzard conditions in north-central and parts of northwest Iowa tomorrow and tomorrow night.  Forecasters say a storm system will move into the state tomorrow with the potential for rain, freezing rain, and high winds.

Jim Murray,  a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls says Sioux City could see between five and eight inches of snow and parts of western and southern Nebraska up to a foot.

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The weather this Thanksgiving week is shaping up to be a turkey.  The whole Siouxland area will under either a Winter Storm Warning starting tomorrow morning.

“Looks like a pretty decent storm at this point.  We’ll begin to that move into the Sioux City tomorrow afternoon Tuesday.  The snow will pick up through the evening.  The heaviest after 6 pm and continue into early Wednesday morning.”

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The Sioux City Council will be asked today to approve a resolution that a maximum of $1 million in funds be committed to the Badgerow Building and another $1.6 million to two other projects in the city's Historic Fourth Street District.

The council will consider adopting an amendment to the Combined Central Sioux City -- CBD Urban Renewal Area Plan.

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