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Siouxland students learn about dangers of methamphetamine

Students in Walthill, Nebraska got an eye-opening lesson on the dangers of meth. The Drug Enforcement Administration put on a presentation that shows just how easy it is to become addicted to the drug. Officials said statistics show half of all first-time meth users will become addicted. The rate rises to 75 percent for second-time users.

Sioux City police say the public is safe even after a series of shootings

Despite three separate shooting incidents in Sioux City in the last several weeks, police said the general public is safe. Officers said that all of the incidents involve people who knew each other and were not random acts. Police said it's important for people to play a role in their safety, and report any kind of suspicious activity.

SD budget panel discusses state aid to schools

A South Dakota legislative panel has given initial approval to a plan that would provide school districts with more state financial aid than Governor Dennis Daugaard has recommended. The governor's proposed budget would boost state aid to schools by 3 percent next year.  The House Education Committee on Wednesday endorsed a plan that would instead increase aid by 3.8 percent.

Gas tax could increase in Iowa

Transportation was a big topic of discussion at the Siouxland Chamber's annual Legislative Day in Des Moines on Wednesday.  Local leaders met with lawmakers, Governor Terry Branstad, and department heads.  DOT Director Paul Trombino told the Siouxlanders his department wants to fix things, but they're dramatically under funded. He said an increase in the the gas tax would go a long way to help with projects like the Highway 20 expansion.

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