The South Dakota Legislature

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Woodbury County residents will decide next Tuesday on a 50.3 million dollar bond to pay for a new jail. County leaders and those who work in the existing downtown jail say it is too crowded and has numerous plumbing, heating and cooling problems.

At a Siouxland Public Media held a public forum on the referendum today at the Sioux City Public Library, Woodbury County Supervisor Keith Radig was asked about the functions of the new law enforcement facility. 

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The future home of Lamb Arts Regional Theatre is now a local landmark.

The Sioux City Council approved the designation. 

Lamb is working to raise more than $11 million to restore the old city auditorium across from the Woodbury County Courthouse. 

The designation, approved yesterday, now allows the building to be eligible for historic preservation tax credits from the state.

The Woodbury County Board of Supervisors meeting has been canceled for today.  

That’s because there aren’t enough supervisors to hold a quorum of members.

The future home of Lamb Arts Regional Theatre is now a local landmark.

The Sioux City Council approved the designation. 

Lamb is working to raise more than $11 million to restore the old city auditorium across from the Woodbury County Courthouse. 

The designation, approved yesterday, now allows the building to be eligible for historic preservation tax credits from the state.

The Woodbury County Board of Supervisors meeting has been canceled for today.  

That’s because there aren’t enough supervisors to hold a quorum of members.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds says today she is ok with a state board's recommendation to change the level potency of legally available medical marijuana products. Some lawmakers wanted to allow higher amounts of THC. THC is the chemical that makes recreational marijuana users high.

Lawmakers have been searching for a bill that would meet Reynolds' approval after she vetoed a proposal last year that would have expanded the state's medical-marijuana program. 

State of Iowa

It’s funnel week for the Iowa Legislature.  The end of the week is the deadline for bills to clear legislative committees in the Hour or Senate.  Some of the proposals include strengthening the laws concerning sex crimes in the state.

South Dakota lawmakers say they are turning their focus to the state budget, though Republicans and Democrats have laid out different visions of how to use that money.

Legislators have settled on revenue projections that are $19 million more than Gov. Kristi Noem's predictions in December.

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State Representative Mark Smith of Marshalltown is running to be the next chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party. Smith said today that his background gives him the experience to help restore confidence to the party. Current chair Troy Price announced his resignation yesterday after the still delayed results of the Iowa caucuses were said to be inaccurate.  The Democratic Party State Central Committee will meet Saturday afternoon to elect a new party chair. 

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Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaigns have filed requests for a partial recanvass of the results of Iowa's Democratic caucuses. 

In today’s filing, the Sanders campaign cited "mathematical errors and inconsistencies" in more than two dozen caucus locations that it says would change the results if amended. 

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The Iowa Democratic Party has extended until Monday a deadline for presidential candidates to request a review of the results of this week's Iowa presidential caucuses. Originally, the candidates had until today at noon to request a review. 

The decision follows the caucus night debacle in collecting votes from caucus sites that led to a dayslong delay in reporting the results and inconsistencies in the numbers. 

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Pete Buttigieg is clinging to a slight lead over Bernie Sanders in a new batch of votes released by the Iowa Democratic Party. The race remained too early to call with 75% of precincts reporting by today, almost two full days after the state hosted its first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.