News Minute: Here is the latest Nebraska news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence says the Trump administration will expedite presidential disaster declarations for Nebraska and Iowa. Pence was in Omaha, Nebraska, on Tuesday to tour areas ravaged by the flood that has killed at least three people and forced hundreds of Midwesterners from their homes. Pence says he spoke to the governors of both states shortly after landing in Omaha to assure them federal aid will soon be on the way.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A farm aid nonprofit is launching an effort to deliver donated hay to ranchers in flood-stricken Nebraska. North Dakota-based Farm Rescue first activated its "Operation Hay Lift" program to help drought-stricken Upper Midwest ranchers in 2017. Dozens of volunteer truckers hauled hundreds of loads of hay to the region. The organization now wants to do the same for Nebraska ranchers dealing with widespread flooding after a massive late-winter storm.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A bill that would tie farmland property taxes to the value of commodity prices is headed to the full Nebraska Legislature for debate. Members of the Revenue Committee voted 6-1 to advance the measure. The bill by Sen. Steve Erdman, of Bayard, is designed to dampen the sharp increases in property taxes farmers and ranchers have experienced over the last decade.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska county that owes a $28 million legal judgment to people wrongfully convicted of a 1985 murder could impose a sales tax to pay it under a bill advanced by a legislative committee. Members of the Revenue Committee voted 7-0 to advance the measure to the full Legislature for debate. The proposal by state Sen. Myron Dorn, of Adams, would allow Gage County to impose a half-cent sales tax to pay off the federal judgment in the case of six wrongfully accused people known as the Beatrice Six.
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