October 2, 2014
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Pawnee and Richardson counties in southeast Nebraska until 3 p.m. Thursday.
Iowa may have fewer road maps in the future.
The Iowa House voted to cut funding for printed state maps, a move that will save about $240,000 in the $351 million state transportation budget.
Officials say demand for the maps is declining with a growth in the use of smart phones, navigational units and other GPS technology.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Scott Raecker said the savings are small but significant.
The Iowa Department of Transportation had 1.4 million maps printed at 13 cents apiece in 2012. Due to the cut, it will print about 800,000. Most of the maps go to rest stops.
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