Last summer at this time, Nebraska and Iowa were in the grips of major flooding along the Missouri River. Now, a small southwest Iowa community hopes to make permanent a levee that protected them from the river. Omaha Public Radio's Deborah Newcombe takes us there.
More information about Hamburg's efforts is available at www.hamburglevee.com. The Omaha District of the U-S Army Corps of Engineers estimates it'll cost 280-million dollars to repair all the damage caused by last year's flooding will cost 280-million dollars.
A new report on drought conditions shows 75 percent of Nebraska is in a severe drought.
The drought monitor report released last Thursday shows part of central Nebraska is in an extreme drought. The National Weather Service says it’s the worst drought since 1956 and the worst agricultural drought since 1988.
Temperatures are expected to remain above normal in to September, according to the report. Omaha set a record high Sunday of 105 degrees.
On July 1st, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a new law into effect. Under the new “Move Over” Law, motorists who are ticketed and convicted for not moving over for emergency vehicles will face increased penalties.
Kim Snook is with the Iowa Department of Transportation. She says the purpose of the law is to keep emergency vehicles and highway personnel safe while they do their work. Snook says there are two simple rules everyone should follow.
A monthly indicator of economic health in nine Midwest and Plains states dropped in June.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss compiles the Mid-America Business Conditions Report. The index dropped to 57.2 in June, down four-tenths of a point from the May report. It’s the second month in a row the index has dropped.
The candidates for Iowa’s Third Congressional District are reaching out to voters in Council Bluffs.
Republican Tom Latham opened his Council Bluffs campaign office Friday afternoon. Iowa’s Fifth Congressional District was eliminated after the 2010 Census and redistricting. Voters in Pottawattamie and Mills counties are now in the Third District.
Pride Month celebrates the LGBT community and the progress the community has made towards full equality. Omaha is the site of the Heartland Pride event on June 30th.
Staff and volunteers from One Iowa will have a booth at the event. Communications Director Molly Tafoya says the group will share information and talk with attendees about the impact the organization has had on equality issues. She says one of the things that makes Iowa so unique is their leadership in the movement for LGBT equality in the Midwest.