News Minute: Here is the latest Nebraska news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. CDT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - State officials say the flooding that swept Nebraska has caused nearly $1.4 billion in estimated losses and damage. Gov. Pete Ricketts says roads, levies and other infrastructure have sustained an estimated $449 million in damage. Damage to private homes and businesses has reached $85 million so far, and farmers have experienced $400 million in cattle losses and $440 million in crop losses.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Residents are evacuating a tiny northwestern Missouri town because the Missouri River is approaching near-record levels. Authorities said Wednesday that most of the roughly 130 people who live in Lewis and Clark Village have already left for higher ground. Snowmelt and heavy rain have caused severe flooding in several Midwestern states. Eastern Nebraska, southwestern Iowa and northwestern Missouri are getting the worst of it.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Union Pacific says its crews are working around the clock so rail traffic can return to normal in Nebraska and adjacent states hard hit by floodwaters from a late-winter storm and snowmelt. Spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza said Wednesday that workers are clearing trees and other debris off the Omaha-based railroad's tracks and have begun repairing them and bridges. Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF Railway says it also is confronting flood-related washouts in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A bill that would have provided paid family and medical leave for Nebraska workers has stalled in the Legislature. Lawmakers passed over the bill without voting on it after about three hours of debate. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh, of Omaha, acknowledged she doesn't have the votes to advance the bill through a first-round vote.
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