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Thursday Afternoon News, October 31st


Highway 75 Traffic To Move Over To Northbound Lanes

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Oct. 31, 2019 – Completion of the reconstruction work on U.S. 75 between Plymouth County Road C-80, near Sioux City, and Plymouth County Road C-60, near Hinton, requires shifting traffic onto the new northbound lanes beginning 8 a.m., Friday, Nov. 1, weather permitting,
according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 3 Office.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.



Fire Under I-29 Bridge Does Damage To Bridge

(Sioux City) — A fire Wednesday in a homeless camp damaged a downtown Interstate 29 bridge in Sioux City. D-O-T spokesman, Dakin Schultz, says traffic on the mainline bridge over Perry Creek has been cut to one lane.

Southbound traffic is also one lane and shifted into the new construction area for now. Schultz says the thick black smoke and heat from the fire caused a major traffic jam and damaged the bridge.

He says they can’t take action until finding out exactly how much damage happened.

Police and fire investigators believe the fire was likely started by people using propane.



Iowa Enjoying A Budget Surplus

(Des Moines) — Iowa is headed toward the end of 2019 financially flush, with more than a billion dollars on hand. The state ended its fiscal year in June with a surplus of more than 289-million dollars and an additional 760-million in the cash reserves. Governor Kim Reynolds says that gives the
state some budget flexibility.

Despite the sizeable surplus, Reynolds says she doesn’t want to encourage more spending by state lawmakers.

Reynolds says the surplus could lead to more tax reform.

Reynolds says she’ll be talking to legislators about the surplus in the weeks leading up to the 2020 session, which opens January 13th. This year’s 289-point-three million dollar surplus is more than twice as large as last year’s surplus.



Governor Reynolds To Appoint Census Committee

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she is appointing a committee to focus on getting as many Iowans as possible to participate in the 2020 Census.
She says the goal of the Iowa Census Complete Count Committee is to increase awareness among Iowans about the importance of responding.
Next year’s census will be the first to allow people to respond
The 2020 Census will determine how many congressional seats each state gets and guide the allocation of hundreds of billions of dollars of federal funding.
Reynolds said Thursday Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg will chair of the
Reynolds says Iowa had a 79% voluntary response rate in 2010, the third highest in the nation.
Iowans may apply to serve on the commission at the governor’s
website until Nov. 22.