President Barack Obama is expected to announce Monday that he's nominating former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary. Hagel is a decorated Vietnam veteran and a moderate Republican. Even before his nomination, he has come under tough criticism from some former GOP colleagues over his stances on Israel and Iran. Still, Republican lawmakers have stopped short of saying they might block Hagel's nomination.
The Sioux City Community School Board has set a special election for next month for someone to finish out the term of Nancy Mounts. She stepped down for health reasons in late 2011 and John Meyers has held the seat since then, but he will have to run again if he wants to stay on the board. Candidates have until this Friday to sign petitions and get their names onto the ballot. The seat will be up for election again in seven months.
Monday afternoon, the Sioux City Planning and Zoning Commission will look at a proposal for a new Walgreens drugstore. It would go on the northeast corner of 19th Street and Hamilton Boulevard. The developer says they've got agreements from five homeowners whose land would be acquired for the project. Past proposals to develop the same location were met with some resistance from neighbors with property above the site, but local leaders say this project's design has been changed to address those concerns.
Nearly 200 students at Ridge View High School in Holstein, Iowa showed their moves on the dance floor for a good cause. The school held a six-hour dance marathon to help raise money for young cancer patients. The event was in conjunction with the University of Iowa's annual 24-hour Dance Marathon. Some of the students also cut their hair for Locks of Love.
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