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"It's a mess": Midwest flooding leaves small businesses reeling

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Mar 18, 2019
Heavy rain and melting snow have brought historic flooding to parts of the Midwest. Around 200 miles of Missouri River levees in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas have been compromised, according to the Associated Press, and flood warnings are still…
Floodwater covers a famer's field near Plattsmouth, Nebraska.  Damage estimates from flooding in Nebraska top $1 billion. Midwest states are battling some of the worst flooding they have experienced in decades as rain and snow melt from the recent "bomb cyclone" has inundated rivers and streams. At least three deaths have been linked to the flooding.
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Farmers plant soybeans amid uncertainty over tariffs

by Jahd Khalil May 2, 2018
After President Donald Trump threatened tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods, the Chinese government threatened to target soybeans, an important American cash crop. As farmers got ready to plant their fields, they didn’t have much choice but to stick…

Reinventing the rural health care system

by Danielle Chiriguayo Feb 2, 2018
A new report outlines the challenges the health care system in rural communities faces.
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In Nebraska, historic shelterbelts are making way for more crops

by Kai Ryssdal and Shaheen Ainpour Nov 28, 2017
The strips of trees once protected farmers from Dust Bowl storms. Reporter Carson Vaughan wrote about them.
A view of the plains in Sidney, Nebraska.
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Yazidis find a home in Lincoln, Nebraska

by Reema Khrais Sep 26, 2017
The state capital is the home of the largest Yazidi community in the country.
Khaled Hesso and his family were among the first Yazidis to move to Lincoln, Nebraska.
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How Latinos are transforming the economy of a small rural town

by Reema Khrais and Daisy Palacios Sep 8, 2017
Immigrants drawn by jobs at the local meat-packing plant are making their mark in business and politics.
Norma Corral, an immigrant from Mexico, worked at Cargill's beef processing plant in Schuyler, Nebraska for a decade before opening up her business, Paleteria Oasis, in downtown.
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In Nebraska, immigrants work hard-to-fill jobs in meatpacking industry

by Reema Khrais and Daisy Palacios Sep 8, 2017
The nation's food supply chain could collapse without immigrant labor.
Chuck Folken is the owner of Folken Feed Yards, a livestock feed farm in Leigh, Nebraska.
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Wind power cuts into Nebraska's increasing use of coal

by Marketplace Contributor Aug 8, 2017
Nebraska is the only state in the lower 48 using more coal for generating electricity than it did a decade ago.
 Caterpillar front-loading machinery operates on mounds of coal.
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Cabela's is weighing a sale

by Tony Wagner Dec 3, 2015
The whole sporting goods sector is down, but partially kept afloat by gun sales.

In Nebraska, standing in the way of Keystone XL pipeline

by Sarah McCammon Jul 23, 2013
Nebraska farmers worry the oil pipeline will damage their land or water. Some are putting up obstacles to the route.