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PM Newscast 6.21.19


The first official summer weekend will be a soggy one for most of Iowa.

Potential heavy rain will be mixed with severe weather over the next few days.

In Siouxland, scattered thunderstorms are possible tonight with hail and winds up to 40 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service says the most severe weather could strike parts of southern Iowa.

Three years after South Dakota lawmakers changed the state's education funding formula to boost teacher pay,  school leaderes say the new system isn't delivering as promised.

The changes included a half-cent increase in the state sales tax, with a goal of making the average salary for teachers $48,500.

In the first year, salaries increased an average of 8.8 percent, raising South Dakota above last in the nation for the first time in nearly 30 years.

However, there's now a $3.6 million gap between money promised and what districts have received.

Iowa's unemployment rate remained stuck at 2.4% in May, just where it's been for nearly a year.

Iowa Workforce Development reports the rate hasn't budged since July 2018.

Iowa's rate is tied with New Hampshire for the third lowest in the U.S., behind Vermont and North Dakota.

The unemployment rate in Nebraska rose again last month to 3%, up a tenth of a point from the month before.

The national unemployment rate is 3.6%

Nebraska state officials are now accepting applications for people who want to grow hemp legally.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture made the announcement today, less than a month after lawmakers and Gov. Pete Ricketts agreed to legalize the crop and regulate how it's grown and processed.

Growing, handling and processing hemp without a signed license agreement remains illegal.

Supporters of the new state law say it will help farmers diversify their crops and provide economic benefits to Nebraska.