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The Nebraska Public Power District said it officially ended the notice of unusual event at the Cooper Power Plant that began June 19.

The utility issued the alert when the river rose 899 feet above sea level. The Missouri River had fallen to 895.5 feet above sea level by Wednesday morning.

The utility says it appears that the level of the river will continue to slowly decline as long as no major rainstorms develop. The utility plans to keep most of the flood barricades in place at Cooper as a precaution.

Operations continued at Cooper throughout the flood threat.

NEW YORK

Judge blocks disclosure law at pregnancy centers

NEW YORK — A judge blocked New York City on Wednesday from enforcing a new law designed to force pregnancy centers to disclose what services they offer.

The ruling by federal Judge William Pauley blocks a law that was supposed to go into effect Thursday. It would require pregnancy centers to disclose whether they have licensed medical staff and what they do to protect client privacy.

Abortion rights advocates say the centers try to deceive women by opening near offices that offer abortions and implying they will give referrals to women considering ending their pregnancies.

The judge agreed with several centers that are suing that the law, supported by abortion rights groups, appears to be unconstitutionally vague.

NORTH DAKOTA

Napolitano visits flooded city

MINOT — The Cabinet secretary responsible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency told residents in the flooded North Dakota city of Minot on Wednesday that the federal government is “here for the duration” and will do everything it can to help, but also cautioned that state residents should better prepare for future flooding.

The federal government “does not have deep pockets, nor is it a panacea,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano said after a helicopter tour over the city where 4,100 homes have been damaged by Souris River floodwaters and more than 11,000 people have had to temporarily leave.

North Dakota also has seen record flooding along the Missouri River this summer, and eastern North Dakota went through its third consecutive battle against a flooding Red River last spring. Ms. Napolitano urged state residents in flood-prone areas to get flood insurance if they do not already have it to guard against future emergencies.

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