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Local law enforcement is warning state and federal officials that meth is increasingly an issue in rural Iowa. Prosecutors, investigators, and officers met with Governor Kim Reynolds and White House Drug Czar Jim Carroll on Thursday. 

Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens [STEVEN BAY-yenz] told them the drug trade is changing in rural communities.

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A flash flood warning remains in effect until 12:15 this afternoon for the northwest corner of Iowa.  

Up to four inches of rain fell in Rock Valley forcing the warning for Lyon, northwest Sioux in Iowa and southeastern Lincoln county in South Dakota.

There is a thunderstorm watch for the next hour for Buena Vista, Dickinson, Cherokee, O’Brien and Clay counties in Iowa.

This includes the Iowa Great Lakes region.

The deadline for people in Woodbury, Monona and seven other counties in Iowa is on July 1st.

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People in nine Iowa counties hit hardest by flooding this spring have one more week to register with the federal agency tasked with disaster recovery.

Woodbury and Monona counties are part of that disaster declaration.

Registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency can help homeowners and renters get grants to repair their home or pay for temporary housing. Deanna Frazier    is a spokeswoman for FEMA.

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Time is running out for Nebraska and Iowa homeowners, renters and business owners to apply for federal aid to recover from this spring's flooding.

Wednesday's the Nebraska deadline for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Iowa deadline is July 1.

Nearly 200 people will lose their jobs at a factory in northern Iowa that announced plans to close next year.

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Iowa farmers ---using….. five….. sunny and dry work days during the past week----now have planted …ninety-three-percent…. of Iowa’s corn acreage. 

That’s nearly three-weeks behind…. the five-year average progress….. at this stage of the growing season.

This (Monday) afternoon……Mike Stewart….farming near Mount Vernon…. was among those scrambling to get seeds in the ground….

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Disaster aid in the wake of March floods has finally been passed by Congress, but Siouxlanders continue to have questions about what do with the damage to homes and property.  And Farmers are still struggling with the wet weather, trying to get their crops in the field.

And last week, Siouxlanders said goodbye to one of it’s oldest elementary school buildings, as Hunt school will be torn down and rebuilt. 

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Woodbury County was declared a Federal Disaster Area after flooding in March.  FEMA showed up in the aftermath to assist with homeowners and businesses.  One person in the forefront of that effort shared her story with Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer.

Flooding dominated the news headlines in Siouxland this year. 

“Federal officials are setting up shop in town to provide help those in need.”

FEMA, along with spokesperson Rossyveth Rey-Berrios, arrived on the scene.   

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Republicans on an Iowa Senate committee have changed a bill extending a statewide sales tax for school infrastructure to allow more of that money to go to property tax relief.

Extending the SAVE tax is a priority for public schools. The House of Representatives has already passed a version that gives more property tax relief than the current SAVE law, but the Senate doubled the House proposal.

Iowa’s two U.S. Senators say flood control should be the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ number 1 priority in managing the Missouri River.

Coming up on the exchange, 

Floodwaters may be receding in Siouxland, but many are still trying to recover from devastating damage.  Today we hear from several experts on getting help from FEMA, from the Iowa State University Extension Service and from national and state realtors.

Also, gay marriage was officially declared legal in Iowa ten years ago on April 3, 2009.  We’ll take a look back at that decision and what it means for us today.

Also, the sometimes tense situations caused when Sioux City's homeless take refuge in the public libraries around town. 

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