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January 8th, 2015

NE Lawmakers chose committee chairs

January 8, 2015

Committee chairmen elected

By Annie Bohling and Reece Ristau, Nebraska News Service

LINCOLN--Nebraska lawmakers Wednesday chose the following senators to lead the Legislature's standing committees in elections that were mostly uncontested.

Agriculture: Sen. Jerry Johnson of Wahoo. Johnson previously worked on the Agriculture Committee and Natural Resources Committee. He beat Sen. Lydia Brasch of Bancroft. Johnson said his focus will be to build agriculture and build Nebraska.

January 7th

Gary L. Kranz, 42

January 7, 2015

Gary L. Kranz, age 42 of Oconto, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2015.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at the Oconto Community Center in Oconto with Pastor Lawrence Francis officiating. Burial was in the Oconto Cemetery.

Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of the arrangements.

Gary Lee Kranz was born April 9, 1972, to Dwain and Delores (Eckard) Kranz at Atkinson. He grew up near Eddyville and attended Sumner Eddyville Miller School.

Gary farmed and ranched with his family on the Kranz Farms near Eddyville.

Barry D. ‘Coach’ Schultz, 61

January 7, 2015

Barry D. “Coach” Schultz, 61, of Grand Island, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, at CHI St. Francis Health in Grand Island.

Services were Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at the Third City Christian Church in Grand Island with the Rev. Scott Jones officiating. Burial was in the Burwick Cemetery in Cairo.

Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date in lieu of flowers.

Apfel Funeral Home is caring for the family.

Mary Lee Shotkoski, 88

January 7, 2015

Mary Lee Shotkoski, 88 of Lincoln, formerly of Arcadia, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at Sumner Place in Lincoln.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City with Father Martin Egging officiating. Burial followed at the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City.

Memorials are suggested to the Arcadia Fire and Rescue.

Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements.

You can sign Mary Lee’s guest book at higginsfuneralhomelc.com.

January 6th

Broken Bow City Council schedules special meeting

January 6, 2015

Notice was received this afternoon of a special meeting of the Broken Bow Mayor and City Council of the city of Broken Bow, set for this afternoon, Jan. 6, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building. The lone agenda item is compensation for Dr. Virginia Moon. The public is invited to attend.

White House says it will veto bill to approve oil pipeline

January 6, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto the first piece of legislation introduced in the Republican-controlled Senate, a bill approving the much-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, in what was expected to be the first of many confrontations over energy and environmental policy.

Hours after supporters of the bipartisan bill, which is sponsored by all 54 Senate Republicans and six Democrats, announced its introduction, the White House said for the first time that President Barack Obama would veto it.

Things to know about the 2015 Nebraska legislative session

January 6, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new Nebraska Legislature will kick off its 90-day session, during which it is expected to debate property taxes, prisons and the state budget, among other things.

Eighteen new senators will take their seats for the first time Wednesday, and Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts will be sworn into office the following day.

Some key things to know about this year:

TERM LIMITS, TURNOVER

January 5th

Winter storm expected to bring snow to Nebraska, Iowa

January 5, 2015

A winter storm system moving through the Midwest is expected to bring snow and cold temperatures to parts of Nebraska and Iowa.

In central Nebraska, expect a high of 28 degrees Monday, but with a feel of closer to 5 degrees. The recorded high for January 5 was 68 degrees in 2012 and -17 degrees in 1942.

The National Weather Service says the system will affect northeast Nebraska and western, central and northern Iowa on Monday. The system is expected to pass through Nebraska by Monday afternoon. Parts of Iowa will be affected through early Tuesday.

Liability concerns prompt some cities to limit sledding

January 5, 2015

Editor's Note: In central Nebraska we still know how to have fun in the snow! Please send your best 'Fun in the Snow' pics to chiefnews@custercountychief.com. Thanks

Select cities close their sledding hills

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As anyone who has grown up around snow knows, part of the fun of sledding is the risk of soaring off a jump or careening around a tree.

But faced with the potential bill from sledding injuries, some cities have opted to close hills rather than risk large liability claims.

CORRECTION: Nebraska lawmakers prepare for busy 2015 session

January 5, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — In a story Jan. 4 about Nebraska's upcoming legislative session, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts will push for both property and income tax reductions this year. A spokesman says Ricketts plans to focus on a property tax reduction, and though he's open to income tax proposals, he doesn't plan to introduce any income tax cut bills.

A corrected version of the story is below:

• Nebraska lawmakers preparing for busy 2015 session

• Property taxes and prisons at forefront of 'big' 2015 legislative session in Nebraska

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