DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad is supporting a proposal to switch two state mental health facilities to private care next year.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man convicted of manslaughter in the fatal attack of a 76-year-old woman has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

Police will resume their search this morning in and along the Elkhorn River for missing 5-year-old Josue Ramirez-Marinero.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 4-year-old western Iowa boy has been shot in the back of his neck and another child has been taken into protective custody.


An arrest has been made in connection with the homicide of the mother of a missing 5-year-old boy.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker who wants to legalize medical marijuana says his bill would help suffering children, while opponents criticize the measure as too lax.

DEWITT, Neb. (AP) — Governor Pete Ricketts has declared a state of emergency in areas of Nebraska affected by tornadoes and flooding.

NPR Morning Edition contributor and longtime Congressional Correspondent Cokie Roberts believes more candidates will enter the Democratic race for President.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers are trying to move toward a compromise deal on education funding that could help them resolve the budget for the next fiscal year.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lawmakers have given final approval to a proposed increase in Nebraska's gas tax, but appeared to be short of the support needed to override Gov. Pete Ricketts' expected veto.