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Newscast 05.05.22: Missouri River Basin Runoff Still Far Below Average for Spring; NE Voters Switching to GOP for Tuesday's Primary; World Food Prize Recipient Chosen

Missouri River Basin Runnoff
US Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division
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Missouri River Basin Spring 2022

Voters in Nebraska continue to switch party affiliation ahead of Nebraska’s May 10 primary election. Many are switching their party registration to Republican, motivated by a heated and competitive gubernatorial primary. There are nine candidates in the race.

State data shows the Republican Party gained nearly 8,500 registered voters between January and Monday’s registration deadline, while the Democratic Party lost about 8,100. There were about 2,800 fewer nonpartisan voters, Libertarians lost about 30 and Legal Marijuana NOW gained nearly 900. Much of the shuffling took place in the past month.

A widespread April blizzard that dumped up to 3 feet of snow in some parts of North Dakota was not enough to positively impact forecasts of runoff into the Missouri River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on today reported April runoff into the river's basin above Sioux City was 1.5 million acre-feet, 51% of average. It comes after a March total that was just 48% of average.

‘The Des Moines-based World Food Prize announced its 2022 laureate today - a NASA climate scientist.

Cynthia Rozensweig has studied the effects of climate change on food production. She works at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Jose Fernandez is the undersecretary for economic growth, energy and the environment. He says Rozensweig’s work has helped the U.S. better understand climate problems like drought, ocean acidification and crop diseases.

Thanks to her research, we can better predict how rising temperatures, extreme weather and carbon dioxide will affect food production and quality.

Rozensweig is the 52nd person to receive this honor - which comes with a 250-thousand-dollar prize.

Republican Congresswoman Ashley Hinson of Marion says the Linn-Mar School District should end its policy that lets transgender junior high and senior high students use restrooms and lockers rooms that do not align with the gender listed on their birth certificate.

Hinson and Republican Governor Kim Reynolds held a private meeting yesterday in Marion with parents and educators upset by the Linn-Mar School Board’s vote last week on a gender support policy.

Linn-Mar officials say they’ve been following the policy for several years, because it conforms to federal rules. Hinson says she heard from the parent of children with autism who is worried about explaining the rest room policy to her kids.

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