ST. LOUIS (AP) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says President Donald Trump has granted her request for an expedited disaster declaration for 56 counties with damage from recent flooding along the Missouri River and other parts of the state. The declaration makes assistance available to homeowners, renters, businesses, public entities and some nonprofit organizations.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Extension has compiled information from a number of resources to aid people with flood recovery. Extension has compiled a list of the state's certified public health environmental laboratories where homeowners can obtain a water test kit. This information is available on Nebraska Extension's flood resources website, where new and updated information is often added.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha judge is under scrutiny again for her decisions in the courtroom after she removed three attorneys from a hearing this month in a child abandonment case. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Douglas County Juvenile Court Judge Elizabeth Crnkovich removed the former prosecutor in the case, Mark Hanna, and defense attorneys Nelson and Kristina Murphree. Crnkovich said they didn't have standing to participate. She also barred them from watching the proceedings from the gallery.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's unemployment rate in February remained at 2.8 percent for the seventh month in a row, according to a state report released Friday. The Nebraska Labor Department said the preliminary February rate was just under the year-ago figure of 2.9 percent. It also was well below the new national figure of 3.8 percent, which is down from 4 percent in January.

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