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The Chesterfield Closes

The Chesterfield has closed for good. The bar and music venue on Fourth Street in downtown Sioux City has been rocking for more than 16 years. Siouxland Public Media's Mary Hartnett has this report.
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Diana Kennedy, often called the "Julia Child of Mexico," is a woman of strong preferences.

She loves good butter and cream, Seville orange marmalade, black truffle shavings and escamoles (a caviar that comes from ant eggs). She hates the use of cassia (false cinnamon) in place of the real thing, canola oil, low- or non-fat dairy products, and nonstick pans.

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will give his farewell address Thursday on the Senate floor. The Nevada Democrat has served in Congress for 30 years, and as his party's leader in the Senate for 12.

Reid tells Morning Edition's Rachel Martin that he — and many other Americans — are still anxious about the incoming Trump administration, but he sees reasons for optimism as well.

"I've learned to accept the Trump election," he says.

One of the fundamental ways scientists measure the well-being of a nation is tracking the rate at which its citizens die and how long they can be expected to live.

So the news out of the federal government Thursday is disturbing: The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, according to an analysis of the latest data. And that led to a drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993, particularly among people younger than 65.

Fake news played a bigger role in this past presidential election than ever seen before. And sometimes it has had serious repercussions for real people and businesses.

That's what happened to a pizzeria in Washington, D.C., recently, when an armed man claiming to be "self-investigating" a fake news story entered the restaurant and fired off several rounds.

President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with the president of Taiwan last week, initially characterized by Trump transition staffers and Taipei officials as just a small courtesy, has emerged as part of a lobbying strategy by a quintessential Washington insider.

Former Sen. Bob Dole, a war hero, lion of the Senate and 1996 Republican nominee for president, was an early supporter of Donald Trump, even when other Republican leaders were still wary.

Smoke hung in the air for days in Oakland's largely Latino Fruitvale district after a deadly fire broke out late Friday night in an artists' warehouse, leaving 36 people dead.

Like so much of the city, it's a neighborhood facing ripples of gentrification created by the tech boom in the Bay Area, which now has some of the highest rents in the country.

The slew of obituaries that have been published since Olympic diver Sammy Lee's death on Friday rightly highlight his conquest over racism and indignity on the way to winning gold medals in London and Helsinki nearly 70 years ago. As Greg Louganis, Lee's most famous protege, reflected in the Los Angeles Times, "At a time of intolerance, being Korean, he broke down racial barriers, setting an example of what it meant to be an Olympian."

24/7 Program Might Help Ease Jail Overcrowding

13 hours ago

e Woodbury County Board of Supervisors is planning to lobby Iowa lawmakers to adopt legislation that would help deal with jail overcrowding caused by incarcerating offenders guilty of multiple drunk driving offenses.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

About two-thirds of Woodbury County Jail inmates are there for alcohol related offenses. The 24/7 program would keep them out of jail while submitting to two breathalyzer tests per day. 

24/7 Program Might Help Ease Jail Overcrowding

13 hours ago

e Woodbury County Board of Supervisors is planning to lobby Iowa lawmakers to adopt legislation that would help deal with jail overcrowding caused by incarcerating offenders guilty of multiple drunk driving offenses.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

About two-thirds of Woodbury County Jail inmates are there for alcohol related offenses. The 24/7 program would keep them out of jail while submitting to two breathalyzer tests per day. 

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