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Neb and Iowa Business Still Recovering from Flooding, RAGBRAI

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Some Nebraska and Iowa businesses are still struggling to recover from flooding that damaged their properties or otherwise kept customers away from their doors.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency estimated that in Nebraska alone, more than 1,000 businesses were affected by March’s severe weather.

Flooding continued into May and June in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, especially along the Missouri River.

In northeast Nebraska's Knox County, for example, officials have been handing out maps so visitors can navigate flood-damaged roads and bridge reconstruction.

At least four Iowa children have died in the past 18 months at daycare centers that had been warned about caring for too many children.

Criminal charges have been filed in two of the deaths, and prosecutors are considering charges in a third case.

Often, state or local officials know about providers that are caring for too many children but don't tell prosecutors or take other action to stop them.

The state has 4,300 regulated daycare centers, but home daycares are not regulated.

Thousands of cyclists are on the road with RAGBRAI this week.

This is audio from a group of riders from northwest Iowa at a craft beer tent outside of Avoca.  As some riders choose to toast the end of a hot day of riding with a cold beer or alcoholic beverage, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division has issued a list of alcohol guidelines for communities to follow to ensure everyone has a fun and safe RAGBRAI.  Underage drinking is not allowed and selling alcohol without a license is illegal at all times, and drunk bike riders are also breaking the law. 

The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa started in Council Bluffs yesterday and will end Saturday in Keokuk.

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