Sep 11, 2019 4:20 PM

Nebraska Capitol to close for water system work

Posted Sep 11, 2019 4:20 PM

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Capitol will close to the public on Saturday to make way for work on the building's water system.

The Nebraska Capitol Commission says the building will remain closed all day but will reopen for public tours on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The work is part of a project to replace the Capitol's outdated heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Crews will drain all water from the Capitol to allow the installation of shut-off valves in the building's water system.

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Sep 11, 2019 4:20 PM
South Dakota gov. threatens to veto hemp bill again in 2020

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is promising to again veto an industrial hemp bill if it's introduced at next year's Legislature.

Noem wrote why she won't support legalizing hemp in a commentary in the Wall Street Journal Monday night.

The Republican governor, who comes from a farming and ranching family, said that she would be "happy" to introduce a new cash crop in South Dakota, but she said hemp isn't it.

Noem says she will continue to oppose legalizing industrial hemp until law enforcement can differentiate between hemp and marijuana.

Last session, Noem vetoed an industrial hemp bill. The Legislature failed to override her veto, killing the measure for this year.

The Argus Leader reports Noem reiterated her opposition as the Legislature began studying hemp ahead of the 2020 session.