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Thursday morning headlines


Republicans have been talking about what their party should do to recover, following their big loss in the presidential election. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says the party should do away with the Iowa straw poll, which he says is an unfair and false test that keeps some good candidates from competing. He tells The Wall Street Journal that he has widespread support for replacing the straw poll, and he says, "no one has had the guts to say it until now."

The ribbon is cut on the latest stretch of U.S. Highway 20 to be widened to four lanes. The governor, lieutenant governor and director of the Iowa D-O-T were on hand for the dedication near Early, Iowa Wednesday. 26 miles between Early and Rockwell City opened on Monday. Now, only 40 miles of Highway 20 remain to be expanded to four lanes between Early and Moville.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is getting ready to repair the concrete slab below the Gavins Point Dam spillway. The repairs are scheduled to begin on Monday and will continue for several months. The concrete slab was damaged last year during the 2011 flooding.

More than 200 Siouxlanders enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner at the Soup Kitchen. The turkey meal with all the trimmings was served up last night to folks who might otherwise go without a thanksgiving dinner. All the food was donated and volunteers prepared and served it.

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