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Western Iowa lawmaker softens stance on gun control after controversial comments

A western Iowa lawmaker is tempering early statements he made about gun control.  After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Democratic Representative Dan Muhlbauer of Manilla was ready to ban semi-automatic weapons, saying we need to start taking them from people who already have them.  But as the legislature convened Monday, he had softened his stance.  Muhlbauer says people need to have their guns and he wants the legislature to consider all the options.  He says he wants to wait for the recommendations from Vice President Joe Biden's task force.

Lawyer wants to withdraw from Sioux City murder case

The lawyer for a man accused in a shooting that killed a Sioux City woman wants to withdraw from the case.  In court Tuesday, the attorney for 33-year-old Fernando Jaimes-Martinez will cite "irreconcilable differences" that he says have destroyed the attorney/client relationship.  Martinez is charged with first degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Karla Gonzalez.  She was hit in the head by a bullet that officials say Martinez fired randomly into a crowd of people.

Onawa casino re-opens with new name

The dice are tumbling and the slots are turning again at the former CasinOmaha.  The gambling hall owned by the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska had been closed since the floods of 2011.  It reopened over the weekend with a new name.  It's now called Blackbird Bend.  It's still a work in progress.  Officials hope to have 200 machines operational by the end of next month and 73 workers back on the job.

U.S. Senator touts importance of technical training

U-S Senator Tim Johnson touted the importance of technical training in Yankton Monday.  The South Dakota Democrat helped the Regional Technical Education Center get a $90,000 federal grant to help train workers in needed fields.  RTEC was founded in 2004 and since then the school has trained 2,300 students for manufacturing, welding, and tech maintenance careers.

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