Officials in the Project Recovery Iowa office are trying to ensure that those who were hit by the Missouri River flooding have been able to get all the state and federal recovery aid they're due.
Spokesperson Karen Hyatt says you don't have to do it all yourself.
The P-R-I staff have been on the ground since the flooding began, but Hyatt says they still haven't reached everyone that might need some help.
Anyone who lives or lived in the counties hit by the flooding can check with the Project Recovery Iowa office by calling the Iowa Concerns Hotline. That line is open 24-hours-a-day.
Hyatt says the Missouri River flooding was unlike any other recent disasters because of how long the water remained before the recovery efforts started.
The U-S House will again try to force a decision on the Keystone X-L pipeline.
The payroll tax extension passed in December contained a section that would have required a decision on the pipeline by later this month.
President Obama in response, decided to deny a federal permit. Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith, a Republican, says there are enough reports that have been done about the proposed route.
The proposed 17-hundred mile, six-billion-dollar pipeline would transport Canadian tar sands oil across Nebraska and several other states to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.
The pipeline would cross much of Smith's Third Congressional District and he says support will grow as the price of gas goes up.
Smith says he still supports building the pipeline, especially after last year's special legislative session on the subject.
A PLAN TO REDUCE STATE FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND PASS THOSE COSTS ON TO IOWA COUNTIES HAS WOODBURY COUNTY OFFICIALS UPSET.
BUDGET MANAGER DENNIS BUTLER SAYS THE STATE PLAN WOULD FORCE THE COUNTY TO INCREASE PROPERTY TAX ASKINGS BY OVER 225-THOUSAND DOLLARS:
COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR PATTY ERICKSON-PUTTMANN SAYS THE STATE HAS PUT HER IN A TOUGH POSITION WITH HER BUDGET:
GOVERNOR BRANSTAD WILL MEET WITH COUNTY SUPERVISORS FROM ACROSS THE STATE ON THURSDAY AND HEAR THEIR CONCERNS ON THE ISSUE.
AS PLANS FOR THE LIBERTY PARK INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CONTINUE TO TAKE SHAPE, SOME WOODBURY COUNTY SUPERVISORS ARE RE-CONFIRMING THAT THE PORT NEAL I-29 INTERCHANGE NEEDS TO STAY IN PLACE.
SUPERVISOR DAVID TRIPP SAYS HE FAVORS THE JOB CREATION THE DEVLOPMENT WOULD BRING, BUT NOT AT THE COST OF THE PORT NEAL INTERCHANGE.
MARK MONSON ECHOED TRIPP'S STATEMENT ON PORT NEAL:
ON TUESDAY, SUPERVISORS APPROVED JUST OVER 75-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR A CONTRACT WITH MC CLURE ENGINEERING FOR PRELIMINARY MASTER PLAN WORK.
A COMMITTEE OF AFFECTED LANDOWNERS, BUSINESS PEOPLE, AND OFFICIALS IS BEING FINALIZED TO TAKE THE PLAN TO THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.
SUPERVISOR CHAIRWOMAN JACKIE SMITH THINKS THAT PLAN WILL CALL FOR TWO I-29 INTERCHANGES, WHICH THE D-O-T CURRENTLY OPPOSES:
SMITH EXPECTS THE COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP TO BE FINALIZED WITHIN A WEEK OR SO.
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