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PM Newscasts 6.19.19

Representative Steve King took to the house floor today in Washington to try and persuade other members of congress to approve funding to help fight substance abuse in Siouxland. He added a proposal to a potential funding bill that would help pay for drug and alcohol treatment services for Native Americans. King also honored the memory of community leader Frank LaMere who died this week of cancer. "The lead on this effort has been Mr. Frank LaMere. He has been a statesman for the Winnebago for

Iowa Kids Count Survey Shows Issues in Woodbury County

Iowa has received one of the top rankings for child well-being in country. That's according to the annual Kids Count report released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Statewide, the survey shows improvement in just about every category. Iowa was ranked third overall in the U.S. The report shows rates in Iowa for kids who live in poverty dropped significantly since 2010 and are above national averages. However, in Woodbury County there is an increase of children living in poverty. It's

PM Newscast 6.18.19

Funeral services take place tomorrow for community activist and democratic party leader Frank LaMere. LaMere died over the weekend after a battle with cancer. LaMere struck up an unusual alliance with Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa. The two worked on a plan to battle homelessness and substance abuse among native Americans in Northwest Iowa. On Twitter Congressman King says "Siouxland mourns the passing of Frank LaMere atrong leader and advocate for Winnebagos and all Native Americans.

PM Newscast 6.17.19 Native American Activist Frank LaMere Dies

Native American activist and Democratic party leader Frank LaMere has died. A post on Facebook said he passed away last night in Omaha. LaMere recently underwent surgery for bile duct cancer. LaMere was a champion for the less fortunate in the region. Most recently he worked to help the homeless and people battling with addiction in the area and spoke to Siouxland Public media about his mission at a special summit that took place in Sioux City in April. LaMere was 69 years old.

New Chapter for Morningside Branch Library

On June 14, 2019 the Morningside Branch of the Sioux City Public Library System held a grand opening and ribbon cutting to celebrate a long-awaited renovation. About 100 people showed up to take a look at the updated library. The Morningside branch library features a children's area, an expanded area for private computer use, new lighting, shelving and seating. Siouxland Public Media's Mary Hartnett broadcasted "The Exchange" live during the Grand Opening. She was joined by historian Tom Munson

Lawsuit against former Gov. Branstand continues, Morningside Branch Library cuts ribbon, 5:32

061419 532 Former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was questioned on the witness stand in a crowded Polk County courtroom today (Friday). Branstad was asked why he called for Workers' Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey to resign after taking office in 2011. Godfrey claims it was because he is gay, but Branstad disputed that saying he supports advances in gay rights. Godfrey's attorney, Paige Fiedler (FID-ler), asked Branstad about his actions as governor. "Have you ever attended any gay pride

Lawsuit against former Gov. Branstand continues, Morningside Branch Library cuts ribbon, 5:32

New Renovation Unveiled at SC Morningside Branch Library, FEMA Deadlines Loom, 5:04

061419 504 Time is running out for Nebraska and Iowa homeowners, renters and business owners to apply for federal aid to recover from this spring's flooding. Wednesday's the Nebraska deadline for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Iowa deadline is July 1. Nearly 200 people will lose their jobs at a factory in northern Iowa that announced plans to close next year. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that Eaton Corp. announced Thursday it would close its

New Renovation Unveiled at SC Morningside Branch Library, FEMA Deadlines Loom, 5:04

Morningside Branch of SC Public Library Cuts Ribbon on New Renovation, 4:32

061419 432 Two psychiatric experts testifying in a lawsuit against the Iowa Human Services Department said the use of isolation and restraints at the state school for delinquent boys can cause them long-lasting psychological harm. Psychologist Andrea Weisman testified in U.S. District Court in Des Moines that a Velcro and leather contraption called "the wrap" used to restrain boys at the State Training School for Boys in Eldora is "akin to a torture device." But state officials testified that

Morningside Branch of SC Public Library Cuts Ribbon on New Renovation, 4:32

FEMA Deadline for Iowans is June 30, 200 May Lose Jobs at Iowa Plant, 4:04

061419 404 Nearly 200 people will lose their jobs at a factory in northern Iowa that announced plans to close next year. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that Eaton Corp. announced yesterday it would close its engine-valve manufacturing factory by the end of 2020. The decision will put 184 employees out of work. The company says it would shift manufacturing from Belmond to other sites. It also has a plant in Shenandoah as well as three plants each in Nebraska and Minnesota. Eaton, based in

FEMA Deadline for Iowans is June 30, 200 May Lose Jobs at Iowa Plant, 4:04

Nitrates in Water Linked to Cancer, Iowans at Risk, 5:32

Iowans are at an increased risk of health effects from nitrate exposure. Researchers from the Environmental Working Group and Duke University say as many as 12,000 cancer cases each year nationwide may be linked to nitrates in drinking water. In Iowa, fertilizer and manure runoff are primary contributors to nitrate pollution. The current federal limit on nitrates in drinking water is 10 parts per million. But recent studies suggest the risk of certain cancers and birth defects increases even at

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