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Renewable fuel experts say study refuting biofuels is faulty

The biofuels industry and the Obama administration are taking issue with a new study by the University of Nebraska- Lincoln that says cellulosic ethanol is worse for the environment than gasoline.  The federal government paid for the study, which determined that leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term.  Monte Shaw, Executive Director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, says the study has one data point and it's not very useful on the chart.

Nebraska governor signs bill for Autism treatment

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman comes to Siouxland to tout a new law that requires some health insurance plans to pay for autism screening, diagnosis, and treatment up to the age of 21.  Heineman put his signature on the measure at a ceremony in Lincoln Monday morning, then discussed it during a stop in South Sioux City later in the day.  Certain insurance plans will be exempt from the autism requirement, including those that are sold in the individual and small group markets under the new federal health care marketplace.

Sioux City to pay franchise fee settlement in class action lawsuit over utility bills

The Sioux City City Council approves a six-and-a-half million dollar settlement in a class action lawsuit over a two percent franchise fee the city tacked onto gas and electric bills.  At the time, there was no state law that authorized the fee and several communities were ordered to pay back the money collected from customers.  The legislature has since passed a law that allows a five percent franchise fee.  Sioux City will raise the fee to five percent to pay for the settlement.

Siouxland students tackle underage drinking problem

The Mayor's Youth Commission is challenging the public to come up with innovative ways to tackle the problem of underage drinking.  It was the topic of a meeting Monday night that brought students, parents, and community members together.  They discussed the risks and repercussions.  Sixty percent of high school sophomores in the tri-state area say they have consumed alcohol.  That's 12 percent higher than the national average.
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