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Ag Secretary Says Immigration Reform Is Long Overdue

Ag Secretary Says Immigration Reform Is Long Overdue

This week the House Judiciary Committee is working on several piece meal bills to address immigration reform.  This contrasts with a comprehensive bill already passed in the Senate.  U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says regardless of the how it’s crafted, immigration reform is long overdue.

Vilsack says immigration reform is needed to give agriculture some certainty about the work force.

He says another badly needed component is a workable guest worker program.

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Minnesota legislative Democrats and Republicans continue to seek common ground as they work to balance the state budget for the next two years.

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Emerald Ash Borer Found in Dallas County

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Emerald Ash Borer has been found in another Iowa County.

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Nebraska Continues Death Penalty Debate

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Nebraska lawmakers debated and passed a bill that would repeal the state's death penalty law.

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Bill to Repeal Mandatory Prison Sentences Passes Nebraska Legislature

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Nebraska legislators have advanced a bill that would scrap mandatory minimum prison sentences and the habitual criminal statute.

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A look back at some of this week's biggest headlines and the stories you may have missed.