ARTSPLASH MOVES INTO RIVERSIDE PARK
RIVERSIDE PARK IN SIOUX CITY HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO AN ART COLONY AS DOZENS OF ARTISTS AND VENDORS SET UP BOOTHS AND TENTS FOR THE ANNUAL ARTSPLASH FESTIVAL FRIDAY.
ERIN WEBBER-DREESZEN OF THE SIOUX CITY ART CENTER SAYS THERE’S A LOT OF ACTIVITY TO PREPARE THE PARK:
A TWO DAY WRISTBAND IS ONLY FIVE DOLLARS WHICH LET’S YOU ENJOY THE ARTISTS, THEIR WORKS, AND PLENTY OF MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT AND KID’S ACTIVITIES:
SHE SAYS THERE’S ALSO STILL TIME TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH ARTSPLASH TODAY AND TOMORROW:
YOU CAN SIGN UP ONLINE ON THE ART CENTER WEBSITE OR WALK UP THIS WEEKEND TO VOLUNTEER.
WHITSON TO RETURN FROM SPACE STATION
The world’s most experienced spacewoman returns to Earth this weekend with records galore.
NASA astronaut and Iowa native Peggy Whitson will check out of the International Space Station on Saturday and head home after 9 1/2 months.
Counting all her flights, she will have logged 665 days in space by the time she lands in Kazakhstan with another U.S. astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut.
Her streak is unmatched by any other American.
During her third and latest mission, the 57-year-old biochemist became the oldest woman in space.
She also performed her 10th spacewalk, more than any other woman.
Her return home to storm-ravaged Houston, Texas includes a detour to Germany.
Whitson says she’s craving pizza – and flush toilets.
IOWA NATIONAL GUARD TO HELP HURRICANE VICTIMS
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Army National Guard says it’s sending two helicopters and 11 soldiers to the Houston area to help out in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
The Guard says two CH-47F “Chinook” supply helicopters would deploy Friday along with soldiers from Boone, Davenport and Johnston units.
Texas requested the aid under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact – an agreement between all 50 states, two territories and Washington, D.C., to assist one another in times of crisis.
Col. Greg Hapgood with the Iowa National Guard says the soldiers are expected to remain on flood duty for about two weeks.
FORMER FIRST LADY PLEADS GUILTY TO PUBLIC INTOX
Former Iowa First Lady Mari (MAIR-ee) Culver has pleaded guilty to being drunk on the last Saturday night of the Iowa State Fair. Radio Iowa’s Pat Curtis reports.
IOWA TROOPERS ENFORCE NO TEXTING WHILE DRIVING
The Iowa State Patrol has responded to a new texting-while-driving state law by issuing 230 tickets in the past two months, far more than troopers issued all last year.
Troopers issued less than 175 tickets for texting in 2016.
The new law took effect July 1st and lets officers issue citations if they observe a motorist texting while driving.
The previous law only allowed motorists to be ticketed for texting if they also committed another traffic offense.
Major Randy Kunert heads the state patrol’s field operations and says officers are using unmarked vehicles and plain-clothed troopers to catch motorists.
The fine for texting while driving is $30, but court costs bring the total cost to about $100.
AP Des Moines