A CITY COUNCIL MEMBER WANTS SIOUX CITY POLICE TO CONSIDER MAKING THEIR PATROL CARS "BULLETPROOF". COUNCILMAN JOHN FITCH RAISED THE QUESTION AT THE END OF MONDAY'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING:
POLICE CHIEF DOUG YOUNG SAYS THERE ARE WAYS TO MAKE THE CARS MORE RESISTANT TO BULLETS, LIKE PLACING KEVLAR PANELS IN DOORS AND SWITCHING TO BULLET RESISTANT GLASS WINDSHIELDS, BUT IT'S EXPENSIVE TO DO SO:
OFFICER KEVIN MCCORMICK'S CAR WAS RECENTLY SHOT EIGHT TIMES BY A SUSPECT DURING A TRAFFIC STOP .
MCCORMICK WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD BUT THE WINDSHIELD APPARENTLY SLOWED AND FLATTENED THE BULLET ENOUGH TO KEEP HIM FROM BEING GRAVELY INJURED.
FITCH ASKED CHIEF YOUNG TO LOOK INTO THE COST OF MAKING THE PATROL CARS SAFER.
U.S. Sen. John Thune, NBC newsman Tom Brokaw and University of South Dakota President James Abbott will be among the colleagues and friends paying tribute to USA Today founder Al Neuharth during a memorial service Friday.
The service will be at the University of South Dakota at 10 a.m. and feature remarks from Neuharth's family and friends. Neuharth died at his Cocoa Beach, Fla., home on April 19. He was 89.
Neuharth was a 1950 USD graduate and frequently returned to South Dakota. Because of his appreciation for his home state, Neuharth directed that his final celebration take place at USD.
Brokaw, also a native of South Dakota, will pay tribute to Neuharth via a recorded video.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Friday "Al Neuharth Day" in the state.