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Legislation to avert across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts to domestic programs is headed to the U.S. House.  The Senate gave its approval early this morning in an 89-8 vote to the temporary fix.  The bill would prevent taxes from going up on the middle class, but would raise rates for higher incomes.   It also would block spending cuts for two months and extend jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.

The Iowa flag was flown over the state capitol building in honor of Victoria Lee Vargas Monday.  The honor was spearheaded by State Representative Elect Megan Hess, of Spencer.  Hess and Vargas served as pages together at the Iowa legislature eight years ago.  Police say Vargas and her boyfriend were murdered by Vargas's ex-boyfriend in Ewing, Nebraska last month.

Sentencing has been scheduled February 12th in Sioux City for a former manager at Iowa egg farms who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe a federal inspector.  Tony Wasmund was a supervisor at the network of companies blamed for a 2010 salmonella outbreak that caused the recall of 550 million eggs.   Months before the outbreak, he authorized giving 300 dollars to an employee to bribe a U-S Department of Agriculture inspector, to allow sales of eggs that had failed to meet federal standards.

The Russian government is saying "no" to any new adoptions by American families.  That has one Sioux City family saying the country's children will be the ones to suffer.  The Dakes have adopted 2 kids from Russia.  Kim Dake says without the adoption system, her children could have become statistics like so many other Russian kids, who, if unadopted by 16... age out of the system.

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