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Noon Newscast 9.9.19: GOP Causus, Flood Help and Ice Cream Increase


Several states are  ditching their Republican primary next year, paving the way for the president’s re-nomination.     

However, the Republican Party of Iowa Chair Jeff Kaufmann says holding a caucus every cycle is just good for the GOP.

Nebraska state emergency officials who faced record floods this summer are now scrambling to boost their ranks with more workers to help residents recover and rebuild their communities.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency plans to hire 17 new employees in the coming months, increasing from its current 41 to 58 workers.

Flooding throughout the state swamped the agency with service requests that began in March and continued throughout the summer.

The recovery won't end anytime soon, as government officials undertake the slow process of rebuilding.

The agency's assistant director says during the flood, his employees were overwhelmed with requests like never before, and that prompted officials to take a look at their staffing needs.

And, today Wells Enterprises of Le Mars announced another acquisition.  The company that makes Blue Bunny ice creamed signed a purchase agreement with Eden Creamery to acquire the Halo Top brand.  Halo Top provides a high protein, low sugar and calorie dessert.

Wells is now the number two ice cream maker in the country and produces more than 200 million gallons of ice cream per year with distribution to all 50 states.  They recently announced the purchase of a manufacturing facility in Henderson, Nevada from Unilever.

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.