The 2014 session of the Iowa Legislature begins Monday morning in Des Moines. Taxes figure to be a big priority again this year. Lawmakers want to push through reforms to Iowa's income tax system, seen as one of the most complex in the country. Sioux City Democratic Representative Chris Hall says if we're going to re-evaluate how we're taxing people and businesses, we need to look at making the system more understandable to the average citizen. KTIV's Matt Breen is covering opening day in Des Moines and will have more coming up on News 4 at Noon.
Workers at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Dakota City, Nebraska will be getting pay raises. Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union approved a new five-year contract Saturday. Production workers will receive raises of $1.60 per hour over the life of the deal. Starting pay will increase to between $13.92 and $14.10 per hour. The deal covers more than 3,500 workers.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but there is one that's worth thousands of dollars to victims of the tornado that slammed into Wayne, Nebraska in October. Jennifer Parker snapped it with her cell phone shortly after the EF4 tornado hit. She was amazed that the flag at the fire station had fallen, but was not touching the ground, thanks to three Dalmatian statues. The picture was put on T-shirts and sold as a print, raising more than $40,000 that went directly to the residents of Wayne.
Southern Hills Mall was buzzing with more than just shoppers this weekend. Dozens of Siouxlanders laced up their sneakers and took part in a walking Moai. It's part of Sioux City's Blue Zones Project. The theme is "get up and get active while building unique friendships." One of the Blue Zones goals is to encourage people to develop healthy social networks. Sioux City's working towards becoming a certified Blue Zones community. The city's currently a demonstration site.
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