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Another nine people with COVID-19 have died in Iowa, and there have been an additional 492 confirmed cases.  At 10 a.m. today, the state was reporting 1,048 total COVID-19-related deaths,  according to the state's Coronavirus.Iowa.gov website. More than 57 thousand Iowans have tested positive for the virus.

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Air service from Sioux City to Denver will take flight again starting in October.

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon Mayor Bob Scott announced the addition of United Express flights operated by Skywest Airlines.  The first flight from the Sioux Gateway Airport is scheduled to take off on October 14th.  The daily flight will be onboard 50-passenger CRJ200 jet aircraft.

From Denver, United Airlines provides 460 daily flights to more than 170 destinations.

The last time Sioux City had a direct flight to Denver was in 2015 when Frontier exited the market.

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A federal judge from Sioux City has denied an Iowa drug kingpin’s requests to delay his execution, which is scheduled for Friday. U.S. District Judge Leonard Strand says he would not intervene to delay Dustin Honken’s execution date due to the coronavirus pandemic. He said the Bureau of Prisons was in the best position to weigh the health risks against the benefits of carrying out the execution. Strand also denied Honken’s motion to declare his execution void due to an alleged procedural error by the government. He affirmed the executive branch’s power to set the date for executions.

Iowa is reporting 464 new cases of the novel coronavirus today, with a total 33,313 total cases and 742 deaths. 

Yankton County, South Dakota, and Clay County, Iowa, each recorded their first COVID-19-related deaths yesterday, while Crawford County, Iowa, tallied its third.

Yankton County reported one additional case of the novel coronavirus, bringing its total to 83 cases. Clay County added two new cases. Its case total stands at 143. Crawford County also registered one new case of the virus and now has a total of 679 cases.

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Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded almost $16 million dollars in grants to 25 airports in Iowa including some in the Siouxland.  The biggest amount of $900,000 goes to the Sioux Gateway Field in Sioux City for taxiway reconstruction.  Several smaller airports in the region also received money from the federal government including Storm Lake, Mapleton, Denison and the Sioux County Regional Airport in Maurice.  That facility gets the smallest grant in the area of $270,000 for snow removal equipment.

 

Water levels continue to slowly recede on the Missouri River and Big Sioux River, easing flooding worries in the region. The Union County Emergency Manager said today that agencies are watching levees along rivers. The Associated Press reported five days ago the lower Missouri River was flooding in Nebraska and Iowa, following recent exceptionally heavy rains in Montana, North and South Dakota and Nebraska.

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Corn growers and ethanol producers may get some good news soon, according to Iowa’s senior senator. 

Republican Chuck Grassley says President Donald Trump was surprised that his decision to exempt 31 refineries from their ethanol obligations generated a lot of opposition. Grassley and others met at the White House last week and presented a plan to correct the problem: waived gallons from small refineries need to be re-assigned to someone else. Grassley says the White House had its own proposal.

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Corn growers and ethanol producers may get some good news soon, according to Iowa’s senior senator. 

Republican Chuck Grassley says President Donald Trump was surprised that his decision to exempt 31 refineries from their ethanol obligations generated a lot of opposition. Grassley and others met at the White House last week and presented a plan to correct the problem: waived gallons from small refineries need to be re-assigned to someone else. Grassley says the White House had its own proposal.

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Congress could ratify a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico this fall. Two prominent Iowa politicians from opposite parties hope it does.

The new deal would replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, updating some provisions and changing others. Only Mexico has ratified it. Iowa Republican US Senator Chuck Grassley appeared at a dairy in Des Moines with Democrat Tom Vilsack, who served as agriculture secretary under President Obama. 

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4thdistrict Congressman Steve King caused more controversy today at an appearance in the Des Moines area.  The nine-term Congressman was discussing his stance on abortion laws that carve out exceptions for rape and incest.  He questioned whether such exceptions could have if honored in past civilizations, caused the end of humanity.