PM Newscast 7.5.19

Jul 5, 2019

An overflow crowd of more than 300 people packed a campaign event this morning for California Senator Kamala Harris in Sioux City.

Harris says the country needs a new Commander-in-Chief because President Trump hasn’t delivered on promises to help the middle class or improve the health care system.   

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT SEN. KAMALA HARRIS
Credit SIOUXLAND PUBLIC MEDIA

Harris is one of three candidates visiting Sioux City this week.  South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg held a town hall meeting at North High School on Wednesday and the day before Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan attracted a few dozen people to Hardline Coffee in downtown Sioux City.

A Nebraska state fund that pays for children's health insurance, aid for people with developmental disabilities and more than 20 other government programs is slowly losing money.

The $478 million fund will eventually be depleted because lawmakers are withdrawing too much from the account.

State officials said they're concerned about the Nebraska Health Care Cash Fund, which covers the cost of a variety of programs, from compulsive gambling assistance to biomedical research.

Transportation problems persist on Nebraska county roads following massive floods this spring, officials said.

Interstates and state roads have been cleared for use. But traffic issues continue to plague damaged bridges and unending repairs still obstruct traffic outside major metropolitan areas.

Eighty-one of 93 counties have disaster declarations.

Three of the four bridges on a 48-mile stretch of the Niobrara River between Holt and Boyd Counties are closed, causing significant hardships for residents in the area and forcing traffic onto one road.