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Officials in western Iowa are watching the rising Missouri River. Water breached a levee in Pottawattamie County last night (Wednesday evening). This is the third protective structure in the area to breach due to the Missouri River’s third round of flooding this year.

Officials estimate about 40 homes are in the affected area. The county has sent out emergency alerts to people. Scott Manz (MAN-z) is an emergency management specialist with the county. 

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The University of Iowa Labor Center was scheduled to close in June. However, it survived when the Board of Regents voted to keep it open. The closure of this building wasn't the only one. Seven UI centers were to be closed because of a budget cut by the state. 

Jen Sherer, UI Labor Center Director, claims many supporters spoke out against the closure because the center had an impact on their communities and careers. Many members of these communities said the center helped shape leaders and allow their workplaces to become more fair. 

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The Nebraska Democratic Party has dumped caucus system in favor of the less costly and primary elections. The national democratic party wanted states with caucuses to make some changes to make them more inclusive and that proved to be very costly.

Also, we hear from a psychologists who says Donald Trump supporters and opponents are different in the way their brains work. 

And a new biography of University of Iowa football legend, Nile Kinnick.

The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees union is suing  the state in reaction to passage last week of House File 291.  The bill basically ended most collective bargaining for teachers and other public employees in Iowa.  Lawmakers debated the bill all through the night, with some emotional pleas from house and senate Democrats.

We talked with state rep.s Chris Hall and John Wills. 

Buttercup Bill

Nov 15, 2016

An Iowa lawmaker has a few words of advice to public universities providing counseling to emotionally distressed students in the wake of last week’s presidential election. Sioux land Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

Republican Bobby Kaufman’s “suck it up, buttercup bill” is aimed at state universities that use extra taxpayer dollars to fund election-related sit-ins and grief counseling.  The Wilton lawmaker told the Des Moines Register Monday that “People have the right to be hysterical … on their own time.”