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The Sioux Gateway Airport will receive $1,000,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce to help build a local flight school. The $7,000,000 project includes hanger and office space and is expected to create 43 new skilled jobs. The aviation center will partner with area schools and colleges to provide education and training opportunities, including a fully accredited flight school. Construction is expected to start this year.

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Iowa’s new voting law faces a legal challenge.

Governor Kim Reynolds signed the Republican-backed bill into law yesterday (Monday). It shortened the time allowed for early, mail, and Election Day voting, and made many additional changes to Iowa’s election procedures.

The League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa filed a lawsuit.

Attorneys argue the new law unconstitutionally burdens Iowans’ voting rights. 

In a statement yesterday, Reynolds said the new law will promote transparency and accountability in elections.

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Hospitalizations from COVID-19 continue to rise in Iowa, hitting another daily record. 

Statewide there are 473 hospitalized, including 63 at Sioux City’s two hospitals.  That is down by a half dozen  from the day before. 

The President and CEO of UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s Lynn Wold says his facility has been seeing a second surge of patient for weeks after treating a low of one or two patients in the middle of August.

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A new report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force has found Iowa has the highest rate of new COVID-19 cases in the country.

The report released yesterday puts the state in the red zone for both cases and test positivity, which is more than 10 percent. It says community transmission continues to be high across the entire state.

Hai người đàn ông ở Sioux City đã chết trong một vụ tai nạn trực diện ở trung tâm Nebraska đêm qua.

Văn phòng cảnh sát trưởng quận Lincoln cho biết một chiếc xe do Robert Islas 32 tuổi điều khiển đã băng qua đường trung tâm trên đường cao tốc phía Bắc North Platte. Chiếc xe đâm vào một xe tải và cả hai bốc cháy. Islas và người ngồi kế bên Gilbert Vasquez, 59 tuổi, đã chết tại hiện trường. Tài xế xe tải đã bị thương nhẹ.

Jiraattonni Sioux City lama waliiti bu’iinsa konkolatta irraa kan ka’e eda halkan karaa central Nebraska keessati du’anii jiruu.

Akka Lincoln County Sheriff’ office jedhetti makiina kan oofu nama umrii 32 Robert Islas wayta Center line north highway irraa wayta qaxxaamuru dha. Makiin lama waldhahee ibiddaa lachuutu qabateera. Islas fi namichii isaa biraan ta’u umrii 59 Gilbert Vasquez achumatti du’ani. Truck kan ammo oofu madaa muraasa kan madaaheedha.

Anoche, dos hombres de Sioux City murieron en un choque frontal en el centro de Nebraska. 

La Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Lincoln dice que un automóvil conducido por Robert Islas, de 32 años, cruzó la línea central en una carretera al norte de North Platte. El auto chocó contra un semi y ambos se incendiaron. Islas y su pasajero Gilbert Vasquez, de 59 años, murieron en el lugar. El conductor del camión terminó con heridas leves. 

Laba nin oo Sioux City ah ayaa ku dhintay shil diyaaradeed oo ka dhacay bartamaha Nebraska xalay.

Xafiiska Lincoln County Sheriff's office wuxuu leeyahay baabuur uu watay nin 32 jir ah oo lagu magacaabo Robert Islas ayaa ka gudbay khadka dhexe wadada weyn ee Waqooyiga Platte. Gaariga ayaa ku dhacay nus midkoodna dab qabsaday. Islas iyo rakaabkiisa 59-jirka ah Gilbert Vasquez ayaa ku dhintay isla goobta. Darawalka gaariga xamuulka ah wuxuu ku dhacay dhaawac fudud.

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Dakota County Health officials report one more death due to COVID-19 for a total of 39, plus 10 new cases for 1,819 in all.

There are 6 new cases in Woodbury County for a total of 3,346 and 44 deaths.

Governor Kim Reynolds released a video message urging Iowans to voluntarily wear a mask and practice social distancing and other health measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Iowa saw the biggest one-week increase in more than two months with 3,600 extra positive cases logged last week. 

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There’s a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of Siouxland including Woodbury County until 6 tonight.  The National Weather Service says areas under the advisory could get up to six inches of snow.  Sioux City could see another three inches this afternoon.

Wintry weather forced several school districts in Siouxland to either start late or cancel classes all together today. 

And, even though Spring doesn’t officially start for another month, an energy assistance program is available for low-income people in Iowa.

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More flooding is likely along the Missouri River after heavy rains and flooding upstream in South Dakota.

The National Weather Service says some moderate flooding is likely this week along the river between Sioux City, Iowa, and Rulo, Nebraska.

Some parts of South Dakota received as much as 7 inches of rain over two days.

The Missouri River is expected to crest later this week after rising significantly.

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A pending trade deal with Canada and Mexico is generating some bipartisan support in a political climate that is often seen as deeply divided. That’s the message from a Republican U-S senator and a former Democratic agriculture secretary.

Tom Vilsack toured the Anderson Erickson Dairy in Des Moines with Sen. Chuck Grassley today (Monday). The two say they share a commitment to improving and modernizing trade with Mexico and Canada. 

Another Iowa Democrat has entered the primary race to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst.

A draft audit shows issues with the finances of the Democratic Party of South Dakota.   

The report shows the organization understated payments by $2.5 million dollars in 2015 and 2016.

The audit performed by the Federal Election Commission also showed more than $67,000 worth of contributions from unregistered organizations. 

Plus, the group didn’t disclose more than $46,000 worth of debts and obligations.

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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The Iowa Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a lawsuit challenging a new state law that changed the way some judges are selected in Iowa.

A state court judge last month dismissed the lawsuit filed in May by a group of lawyers and Democratic lawmakers against Gov. Kim Reynolds, saying they didn't have legal standing to challenge the law.

The new law gave the governor an additional appointment to the 17-member state judicial nominating commission, meaning the governor will appoint the majority of members.