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Rock Rapids, Iowa boy uses charm to sway lawmakers and help others with autism

sing his charm and his voice, an 11-year-old Rock Rapids, Iowa boy is swaying lawmakers to help others like himself.  Sam Wessels has autism.  While he can speak, many with the disorder can't, so Sam says he want to be a voice for them and make a difference in their lives.  He does that by meeting with political candidates as they make campaign stops in the area.  He's even met the President twice.  Sam's also had a role in a nationwide documentary, called 'The United States of Autism.'  Just recently he won a CNN iReport Award for a video he posted about the ups and downs of living with autism.    

A Siouxland university leading the way in autism education

Briar Cliff University is leading the way in autism education in Iowa.  The Sioux City school has begun offering an Applied Behavior Analysis program with an emphasis in the study of autism.  The program is available to graduate students and is the first program of this kind in the state.  Students will complete part of their degree online.  They'll spend the other portion working in the field.

Siouxland task force prepares for influx of new workers

A task force has been formed to help provide housing for hundreds of workers that will be needed for construction jobs in Siouxland.  From the billion-dollar expansion at CF Industries to the new Hard Rock Casino and Hotel, hundreds of workers are expected to come to the region.  One official says she's already fielding calls about places to live.  The group distributed a survey up to 60 miles away to determine how best to accommodate those who will be coming in.

The Torch Run for the Cornhusker State Games starts in Norfolk

The build-up has begun to the 2013 Cornhusker State Games in Nebraska.  The Torch Run started Thursday, with Norfolk chosen as this year's starting point.  Five Nebraska National Guard members carried the flame out of town.  The torch arrived in Columbus last night.  It will zig-zag across the state before arriving in Lincoln for the games, which run July 19th through the 28th.

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