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Minnesota Farm Bureau President Happy With SNAP Compromise

Farm Bill Conference negotiators may have reached a compromise on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP cuts at $ 8 billion.  The Senate Farm Bill called for cutting $ 4 billion and the House Farm Bill called for $ 40 billion in food stamp cuts. Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap who was in the nations’ capital last week say some type of compromise needs to pass to get a farm bill completed.

Paap says his group will push Congress to finish the farm bill right away when they come back in January. He says the House passing an extension before the Christmas break left many needed farm programs out.

Paap says funding for conservation programs, specialty crops and livestock disaster assistance must be in the final farm bill package.

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Minnesota Legislature Continues Budget Discussion

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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.