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Noon Newscast 2.18.20

An official says results from new tests for the Coronavirus on 13 people evacuated to an Omaha hospital from a cruise ship in Japan await confirmation from federal experts.

Officials with Nebraska Medicine says results aren't expected for several days.

The 13 were part of a larger group of American citizens who'd arrived back in the U.S. Monday.

One of the 13 was placed in a biocontainment unit at Nebraska Medical Center to receive a higher level of care because he had a cough and other symptoms in addition to a chronic illness. 

Eight people have due from complications of influenza in South Dakota.

The latest victim, a fourth-grade student from the Sioux Falls area.

He died Sunday of Influenza A after he was admitted to the hospital on

It was not immediately known if he had been vaccinated.  All the other deaths were people 50 years and older.

A proposal to start schools in South Dakota that focus on teaching Native American language and culture has gained a key ally in Gov. Kristi Noem.

Advisers from the Republican governor's office helped present a revamped bill to a Senate committee Tuesday.

It would allow Oceti Sakowin schools that teach Sioux language and culture.

The idea is an effort to address low rates of high school graduation and college attendance in some communities in the state.

The governor opposed the proposal when it was presented two weeks ago, but compromised with the schools' proponents to rewrite the proposal. A Senate committee will decide whether to approve it on Thursday.