THE DICKINSON COUNTY ATTORNEY HAS BEEN NAMED CHAIRMAN OF THE IOWA PAROLE BOARD.GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD APPOINTED JASON CARLSTROM TO LEAD THE BOARD BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 3RD.
CARLSTROM REPLACES DORIS KELLEY, WHO WILL RETURN TO HER FORMER POSITION OF VICE CHAIR OF THE BOARD.
BRANSTAD APPOINTED KELLEY TO LEAD THE BOARD WHEN HE DEMOTED FORMER LONGTIME CHAIRWOMAN ELIZABETH ROBINSON.
THE FIVE MEMBER BOARD DECIDES WHEN INMATES SHOULD BE RELEASED FROM PRISON FOR WORK RELEASE OR PAROLE.
THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR ANOTHER WELL KNOWN SIOUX CITY PARADE IS COMING UP.APPLICATIONS ARE DUE JULY 10TH FOR THE ANNUAL RIVER CADE PARADE.
THIS YEAR'S PARADE IS WEDNESDAY JULY 18TH AND FOLLOWS THER TRADITIONAL ROUTE UP DOUGLAS STREET TO 10TH, AND THEN DOWN PIERCE TO THE LONG LINES FAMILY CENTER.
COORDINATOR PHIL CLAEYS SAYS THERE'S SOME NEW ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR RIVER CADE THIS YEAR.
THE HOT AIR BALLOONS RUN JULY 13TH THROUGH THE 15TH ON THE RIVERFRONT. THAT SAME WEEKEND THERE'S THREE NIGHTS OF CONCERTS AT WINN-A-VEGAS CASINO.
YOU CAN FIND OUT ABOUT MORE EVENTS ONLINE AT rivercade.com
THERE'S NO TRASH OR RECYCLABLES PICK UP IN SIOUX CITY ON JULY 4TH.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY COLLECTIONS ARE PUSHED BACK A DAY THE REST OF THIS WEEK.
THE CITY LANDFILL IS ALSO CLOSED ON JULY 4TH.
The U.S. Department of Education has approved Iowa's request for a one-year freeze on state targets under the No Child Left Behind Act.
Iowa Education Director Jason Glass says the freeze will give the state time to seek permanent relief from the "unrealistic accountability measures."
Iowa's request followed a decision by the federal government to deny the state a waiver from key provisions.
Sioux City Schools superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman says student assessment needs to be looked at over a full year instead of a "snapshot".
Under the law, all children are required to be at grade level in math andreading by 2014. Schools that don't accomplish that goal face stiff penalties, including mandates to replace staff.
Dr. Gausman says most of Iowa's schools would be considered at risk in 2014 under the current No Child standards:
The number of schools affected by the freeze isn't known because the state education department is in the midst of a progress report based on tests during the last school year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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