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LINCOLN, Neb. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is facing an unexpected challenge in meeting the needs of the many people affected by this spring’s widespread flooding and violent storms: a strong economy.

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OMAHA — The surging Missouri River is being filled with more than twice the normal amount of water from an upstream reservoir so more flooding is likely, and the heavy releases may continue for months.

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The entire DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, including the visitor center, has closed again because of Missouri River floodwaters impacting refuge roadways.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  — An outbreak of nasty storms spawned tornadoes that razed homes, flattened trees, tossed cars across a dealership lot and injured dozens of people in Missouri’s capital city and killed at least three others elsewhere in the state.

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DES MOINES — A southwest Iowa man has filed a free speech lawsuit against a sheriff’s deputy, his supervisor and the county after he was arrested for writing a social media post that profanely criticized the deputy.

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The 8-acre, $22 million Asian Highlands opens at 10 a.m. Friday after two years of construction. The exhibit was designed to mimic a trek from the grasslands of northern India to the Himalayan cliffs of Nepal.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds requested, and FEMA approved, extending the deadline to apply for federal disaster assistance in the eight counties affected by the severe storms and flooding beginning March 12.