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Hunters and Fishermen Could Pay More for a License

Mar 29, 2017

Hunters and fishermen would have to pay an additional $8.6 million dollars in licensing fees under a bill being considered in the Iowa Legislature.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.


House Bill 574 would raise the price of most hunting, fishing and trapping

 licenses to put more money toward conservation efforts. An annual fishing

 license and an annual hunting license increase from $17 to $25 for Iowa

 residents. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the bill is

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The governor and state lawmakers at taking action to fight opioid abuse in Iowa.  Today, Governor Terry Branstad will formally announce the availability of a medication that reverses opioid overdoses.  Naloxone will be available over the counter from pharmacists.

Yesterday, the Iowa house approved a bill that would require doctors to register with a new program when they prescribe controlled substances.

The Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program would help physicians keep track of patients that go “doctor shopping” for drugs. 

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He claimed hundreds of undocumented immigrants from Mexico have “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” He advocated for an electrified fence along the United States-Mexico border to discourage crossings, adding, “We do that with livestock all the time.”


Lyme Disease BIll Would Let Doctors Presribe Freely

Mar 27, 2017

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The Iowa legislature has voted to let Iowa doctors prescribe more aggressive treatment for Lyme Disease, but the state’s medical community is against the move.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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Voter ID BIll

Mar 27, 2017

The Iowa Senate passed a voter ID bill yesterday on a party line vote.  It would require Iowa voters would need to provide government-issued identification at the polls.

House File 516 was initiated by Secretary of State Paul Pate.

Democrats called the legislation a "voter suppression bill"  would keep  minorities, older people and people with disabilities away from the polls. 

Story County Democratic Senator David Quirmbach (cornbach) said the bill would reduce people’s right to vote.


Mar 27, 2017
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Think of it as a tiara, a delicate little crown your daughter may have worn for her uncle’s wedding, a princess-like thing made up of clusters of what might seem dried tendrils of garden plants. It’s nothing at all like a wig. It’s far too, well, artsy; but there’s no denying that it is a hair piece, even though I’m sure no one ever wore one. They decorated their sitting room walls, these delicate crown-like objects of human hair framed artfully and hung proudly.

Bill Would Ban Security Cameras In Bathrooms

Mar 22, 2017

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An Iowa Senate subcommittee has advanced a bill that would ban the use of video cameras in bathrooms and locker rooms in state and local government buildings.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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New Rules for Teachers Under the Influence

Mar 22, 2017

A new law will require supervisors to report teachers disciplined for being under the influence of alcohol or drugs at school to Iowa's licensing agency. Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.


City Council Approves Comprehensive Plan

Mar 22, 2017

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The Sioux City Council considered Monday night whether the city needs a new or updated comprehensive plan.  Jeff Hanson is a community development operations manager for the city.  He told the council the plan should be updated every ten years to plan for future growth in the area. 



“For this comp plan, unlike the old one, we’re adding additional chapters within the plan that includes historic preservation, a housing study, and we’re looking at doing two sub areas where we’ll actually get into greater depth.”