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The National Weather Service says that at least one tornado hit the city of Sioux Falls overnight and caused massive damage.

The weather service confirmed an EF-2 tornado with winds of about 125 mph hit a portion of the city. They are examining a second area where a hospital complex suffered heavy damage to see if that also was a tornado or simply straight-line winds.

The local fire chief says at least 37 buildings were destroyed or have structural damage mainly on the south and southwestern parts of town.

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The National Weather Service is confirming that at least one tornado hit the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, overnight.

The weather service confirmed an EF-2 tornado with winds of about 125 mph hit a portion of the city. They were examining a second area where a hospital complex suffered heavy damage to see if that also was a tornado or simply straight-line winds.

One northwest Iowa school bond issue passed and another failed yesterday. A supermajority of 60% was needed for all measures to pass.

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Officials say the severe weather that tore apart structures in South Dakota's largest city appears to have spared the rest of the state.

National Weather Service officials are surveying a probable tornado and straight-line winds that hit the southern part of Sioux Falls just before midnight yesterday that caused damage to at least 37 structures. There are some reports of injuries, but no word on any fatalities.

One northwest Iowa school bond issue passed and another failed.

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Voters in Storm Lake and Sergeant Bluff-Luton will decide tomorrow on school bond issues.  School officials say growing enrollment means the districts will run out of space. The bond issues require a 60 percent "supermajority" to win approval.  The Sgt. Bluff-Luton School system has failed to gain approval for three previous bond issues.

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Voters in Storm Lake and Sergeant Bluff-Luton will vote tomorrow on school bond issues.  School officials say growing enrollment means the districts will run out of space.  The bond issues require a 60 percent "supermajority" to win approval. In Sergeant Bluff, the $33 million bond issue is smaller than three previous referendums and those failed overwhelmingly. The proposal calls for $26.6 million for a new lower elementary school and around $4.7 million for a new athletic complex. About $1.6 million, would go for site improvements.

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Iowa's unemployment rate climbed slightly in July to 2.5% but remains among the lowest in the nation.

Iowa Workforce Development announced Friday that the unemployment rate rose from 2.4% in June. The rate had been stuck at that level since July 2018.

Although the unemployment rate increased, the number of residents with jobs also rose by about 4,000 compared to June. The number of unemployed residents increased by about 1,400.

Iowa's unemployment rate was third-lowest in the nation, behind Vermont and North Dakota and tied with New Hampshire.

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The U.S. House is expected to take up legislation this week aimed at addressing so-called “forever chemicals” found in household goods and firefighting foams. Some were found at a military base in Sioux City.. Exposure to the substances known as PFAS is linked to certain cancers, immunodeficiencies, and birth complications. Communities are increasingly finding hotspots near industrial sites and military bases,

The House is considering adding PFAS to the federal superfund law. Scott Faber [FAY-burr] with the Environmental Working Group says that step is vital.

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Coming up this week on The Exchange, a new documentary by Buena Vista University students tells the story of how Disney put Mickey Mouse in an Iowa cornfield  

Also, why the Iowa legislature’s move to expand medical marijuana has some law enforcement officers concerned. 

And we talk with a man that walked the length of the route of Keystone XL Pipeline, a trip that changed his views about the people who live in the Midwest.

That and more coming up on The Exchange, Wednesday at noon and Friday at nine a.m. on SPM.

Buena Vista University Uses Grant to Improve STEM Edcuation

Jan 5, 2017

A generous couple has given Buena Vista University in Storm Lake a $500,000 endowment to help the school prepare education students to teach in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.    :44

As part of the endowment's launch, students were able to experience BVU’s first-ever STEM classroom this fall semester. Assistant professor of education Dr. John Bedward says the lab and new curriculum are giving students real-life, hands-on experience.

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