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Information from the Iowa Department of Public Health shows a continuing downward trend in new cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

There were more than 8,300 new positive test results added in one week, down about 600 from the previous week.

The statewide positivity rate is 9.5%, with people 18 and under making up about a quarter of the new cases. However, that age group makes up only 3% of hospitalizations in the state. The positivity rate in Woodbury County is 16%.

Associated Press

A federal judge has extended his order blocking enforcement of a state law against school mask mandates.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pratt first ruled two weeks ago that schools must be able to require masks so that medically vulnerable students have equal access to in-person learning.

Sioux City Democrat  J.D. Scholten says today he won’t run for office anytime soon. In fact, today Scholten is announcing he will take a job with a progressive group that seeks rural votes in battleground states. He'll be taking over as executive director of RuralVote.org, a super PAC focused on improving Democrats' chances in rural America.

Today is the one-year anniversary of the first positive cases of COVID-19 in the state of Iowa. Then were there three positive cases, since the start of Pandemic with more than 367,000 positive test results. There have been 5,559 deaths statewide and 214 in Woodbury County.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports one more death due to complications of COVID-19 and almost 140 positive cases, including eight in Woodbury County.

IDPH

The state of Iowa plans to launch a new website tomorrow to provide more information on how to get COVID-19 vaccines.

However, the Governor stressed during a news conference today Iowans will not be able to schedule an appointment on the site www.vaccinate.iowa.gov.

The state also plans to reach out to older Iowans in need of finding a vaccine. Starting on March 8 they will open a 211-call center to answer questions and help with scheduling.

Iowa PBS

The Iowa Department of Health recorded 43 more deaths due to complications of COVID-19, including two more in Woodbury County. The state also added more than 600  new cases. The number of hospitalizations at Sioux City’s two medical facilities has doubled in a day to a dozen patients. However, that number is less than 10% of the record high of 108 set back on December 1st.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has announced the state will not move forward with plans to contract with Microsoft to build a centralized COVID-19 vaccine registration system.

Associated Press

Some spots in Iowa and Nebraska are digging out from more than a foot of snow.

The National Weather Service reports 5.7 inches fell at the Sioux Gateway Airport. Current reports show Norfolk, Nebraska with the highest total in Siouxland with more than 7 inches. But, some area only received very little snow.  

Iowa Democratic Party

It's still too early to call a winner among the Democratic presidential candidates in the Iowa caucuses.

According to partial results released by the Iowa Democratic Party, Pete Buttigieg is holding a slight lead over Bernie Sanders in the opening contest of the Democratic race for the presidential nomination.

The next contest in the election season is the New Hampshire primary this coming Tuesday. The initial Iowa results came out after 24 hours of chaos.

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Iowa's traditional role of creating certainty in the presidential nominating contest has been turned on its head thanks to a meltdown in last night’s caucus. About half of the caucus results are expected this afternoon at 4:00 central time, but final results may not be imminent. 

A fractional result may not provide clarity in a race that saw a number of candidates bunched together in the polls. 

The Exchange, Legislative Preview 01/03/18

Jan 4, 2018

 

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Coming up today on The Exchange, a Sioux City state lawmaker is suing Governor Kim Reynolds for the way she transferred millions of dollars in reserve funds to balance the budget. Chris Hall says the budgeting process needs a hard look from lawmakers as well.

Also, we hear from newly-elected state senator Jim Carlin on his goals for the upcoming legislative session that starts Monday.  Carlin says he wants to focus on several financial issues, one of which is tax reform to help Iowa’s economic climate.

Newscast, 5:32, Monday, June 12, 2017

Jun 12, 2017

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.  

Newscast, 5:04, Monday, June 12, 2017

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.  

Newscast, 4:32, Monday, June 12, 2017

Jun 12, 2017

Iowa's insurance commissioner says he has a plan to prop up the state's individual insurance market.  A Siouxland ethanol firm celebrates a decade in the business.  South Dakota's governor says he'll sign a bill to settle disputes over public lakes on private property.  Nebraska has chosen a state "reptile."  

Newscast, 4:04, Monday, June 12, 2017

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.

SD Special Session on Monday

Jun 11, 2017

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Lawmakers go back to Pierre today decide whether anglers and hunters should have access to unofficial lakes in South Dakota.  Business owners located near the lakes asked for some changes in the law.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

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Newscast, 5:04, Thursday, June 8, 2017

Jun 8, 2017

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.

State tourism officials say South Dakota is on track to reach another record year for visitor spending. Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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Iowa Lawmakes Consider Sobriety Monitoring Program

Mar 13, 2017

The Iowa House will consider a bill this week that would direct those arrested for driving while impaired or texting to take part in a sobriety monitoring program. Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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Iowa Lawmakes Consider Sobriety Monitoring Program

Mar 13, 2017

The Iowa House will consider a bill this week that would direct those arrested for driving while impaired or texting to take part in a sobriety monitoring program. Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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South Dakota Lawmakers Vote to Raise Teacher Pay

Mar 13, 2017

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On the final day of the legislative session, South Dakota lawmakers on Friday approved small raises for teachers and health care providers.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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South Dakota Reservation Tax Exemptions

Mar 2, 2017

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A Nebraska lawmaker proposed a bill yesterday to encourage more business and economic growth on the Native American reservations. Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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