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Law firm considers suing over Missouri River flooding

There is talk of a lawsuit being filed in the wake of the 2011 Missouri River Flood. Tuesday night in Dakota City, a Kansas City law firm gave a presentation about the Army Corps of Engineers and what it said are its policies to take back the river. A Tekamah farmer who organized the meeting claims the Army Corps, under direction of U.S. Fish and Wildlife, is trying to restore the river to the way it was before it was channelized.

A tax increase for Woodbury County expected

Property tax rates may be about to go up in Woodbury County for the first time in several years. Supervisors are considering an increase of $25 per hundred-thousand dollars property valuation. One reason is the decision to spend a quarter-million dollars to improve courthouse security. Also, the county has used cash reserves to hold rates down in the past. The county's finance director said it's hard to ask departments to cut any more than they already have.

Senate sends farm bill to Obama

The farm bill is on its way to President Barack Obama's desk, and the White House said he will sign it. The senate gave its approval to the nearly $1 trillion, ten-year measure by a wide margin Tuesday. It eliminates direct cash subsidies to some farmers and uses some of those savings to create a new crop insurance program. It also reduces spending for the food stamp program by $8 billion.

Library branch on the chopping block

Sioux City's Public Library is considering its options for dealing with a budget pinch. The library board said it's time to either cut hours of operation or close the Perry Creek branch on Hamilton Boulevard. Library officials said they don't like it, but they're doing what they can to help with budget cuts. The city budget will be finalized in March.
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