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Newscast 09.12.22: Voter ID on the ballot in NE midterms; Cornhusker football coach fired

Memorial Stadium, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Memorial Stadium, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Iowa Workforce Development today is launching its new Business Engagement Division, reorganizing employees around the state to create a more efficient team for assessing and resolving the workforce challenges of Iowa employers. The launch will be accompanied by an employer outreach blitz across the state.

A proposal for South Dakota's public school standards for American history was influenced by a conservative private college. Michigan-based Hillsdale College's “1776 Curriculum” is seen as a rebuttal to the New York Times’ “1619 Project,” which reexamined the United States’ founding with the institution of slavery at the center.

Hillsdale College
Hillsdale College

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem employed a retired professor from the college to develop the standards. But some South Dakota educators, including one teacher who was part of the commission that developed the standards, say the proposal does not keep in mind the practical needs of the classroom.

Two ballot items related to voter ID and increasing the minimum wage will be on the ballot in Nebraska in November. The voter ID measure is a constitutional provision requiring government-issued photo identification to vote. Lawmakers would be mandated to determine the language and details for valid identification if the measure is approved.

The second effort would gradually increase the current $9 minimum wage by $1.50 each year, beginning in January 2023, through 2026, when it would be $15 an hour.

Nebraska's state employees union will hold a rally Tuesday evening to call on the state to raise wages ahead of contract negotiations.

The Nebraska Association of Public Employees (NAPE), which represents more than 8,000 state employees, is to begin contract negotiations with state officials for a new two-year labor contract this month, according to the Omaha World Herald.

Union members are rallying Tuesday at Centennial Mall outside of the Nebraska State Office Building in Lincoln to call on the state to increase the investment in their workers. The rally will begin at 5 p.m. A short program of speakers will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's top administrator said the decision to fire Husker football coach Scott Frost was about "accountability and standards." Chancellor Ronnie Green said Frost's position was the topic of ongoing discussions taking place over several weeks between him and Athletic Director Trev Alberts, according the Associated Press.

Frost's career coaching the Huskers ended three games into his fifth season on Sunday. He leaves with a mark of 16-31.

Saturday night's loss in Memorial Stadium to Georgia Southern 45-42 finalized that decision, Green said Sunday afternoon.