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Confidence Falling in Farm Economy, Nebraska Revenge Porn Bill Approved, 4:04

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 A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows they're rapidly losing confidence in the region's farm economy.

The Rural Mainstreet survey for May, released Thursday, shows the survey's overall index dropping from 50 in April to 48.5 this month. Any score above 50 suggests a growing economy, while a score below 50 indicates a shrinking economy.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, blames trade tensions and tariffs, saying they're contributing to losses suffered by grain farmers — although livestock producers are faring better. Still, Goss says, bankers believe "the negatives far outweighed the positives."

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is announcing he's been endorsed in the 2020 Democratic presidential race by Iowa's attorney general.

It makes him the first 2020 candidate to receive the endorsement of a statewide elected official in Iowa.

Attorney General Tom Miller was one of the first Iowa elected officials to endorse Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic presidential caucuses, and he is a longtime friend of the Montana governor's 

 People who post pornographic images of others without their permission or use the images for blackmail could face new criminal charges in Nebraska under a bill advanced by lawmakers.

Lawmakers gave the bill first-round approval today.  Nebraska is one of seven states that have not passed a law to crack down on the practice known as "revenge porn," or nonconsensual pornography.

 

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