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March 14th, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day Special Enforcement Planned

March 14, 2015

(Lincoln, Neb.)- Reducing the potential for alcohol related crashes by cracking down on impaired driving is the focus of a special St. Patrick’s Day special enforcement effort conducted by the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP).

Troopers and communication specialists with NSP will put in overtime hours on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17 in an effort to gain voluntary compliance with all traffic safety laws as they work to keep Nebraska roads safe. The overtime funding is provided thanks in part to a $5,367.50 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).

State Fire Marshal Warns of Wildfire Danger

March 14, 2015

As the weather warms and potentially drier conditions occur in Nebraska, the State Fire Marshal reminds Nebraskans of the potential for wildfires. A lack of moisture, high winds, and a failure of individuals to exercise caution with regard to the fire danger potential is a combination for disaster and an area of concern for Nebraska Fire Service.

Ricketts to visit Broken Bow

March 14, 2015

Ricketts to travel state for Nebraska ag week tour

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is set to travel the state as part of a National Ag Week tour.

Ricketts will visit Omaha, Broken Bow North Platte and Seward on Monday for various events.

The tour includes stops at commodity-processing facility in Omaha; a lunch with farmers, ranchers and agribusiness representatives in Broken Bow; his monthly call-in show in North Platte; and an agriculture banquet in Seward.

March 10th

Sales tax bill for Nebraska farmland voted down in committee

March 10, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would have imposed a sales tax on Nebraska farmland to pay for property tax relief has stalled in a legislative committee.

The Revenue Committee voted 5-1 against the measure on Monday, with two senators abstaining. Committee members are sorting through various proposals designed to lower property taxes.

The legislation by Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus would have generated nearly $82 million in the next fiscal year. Virtually all of that money would go into a property tax credit fund for owners of agricultural land.

March 9th

Ranchers uneasy about power line's Sandhills route

March 9, 2015

THEDFORD, Neb. (AP) — Some Nebraska ranchers remain uneasy about a high-voltage power line that is planned to cross part of the state's environmentally sensitive Sandhills region.

Rancher Dan Welch tells the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1HhRX64) the project will harm sensitive wildlife areas, create erosion in the sandy soil and scar the landscape with access roads.

But the Nebraska Public Power District says the new line's route is designed to minimize the effect on the Sandhills.

Plus, utility officials say the line will improve reliability and help wind power development.

Riley: Cornhuskers are learning new language this spring

March 9, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — New Nebraska football coach Mike Riley started building the foundation for the Cornhuskers future on Saturday. He also spent some of the first spring practice acknowledging the program's past.

Riley split the team into two groups for separate 90-minute workouts so he could better evaluate the personnel he inherited from former coach Bo Pelini.

"I liked the enthusiasm for the work as much as anything," Riley said. "Some of it looked a little bit like football from time to time, and we'll keep working on that part."

March 7th

Words could be expensive under proposed domestic violence bill

March 7, 2015

By Kelli Rollin, Nebraska News Service

LINCOLN--A few word changes could make a big difference under a proposed bill.

LB 307, introduced by Sen. Rick Kolowski of Omaha, would increase penalties for domestic violence offenders and redefine stalking.

Kolowski said he wants to equalize punishments with this bill. Currently, first degree assault of a stranger holds harsher penalties than first degree assault of a family member. Also under the bill, stalking would include the use of technological devices.

Fiscally conservative Nebraska lawmaker seeks higher gas tax

March 7, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A lawmaker known as a tax-cutting fiscal conservative urged his colleagues Friday to pass a fuel-tax increase to help repair Nebraska's aging roads and bridges.

Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion argued that the phased-in, 6-cent-per-gallon increase would help maintain roads for farmers, truckers and businesses.

"Roads infrastructure supports the commerce of our state and the careers and livelihoods of our citizens," said Smith, a Republican who serves as state head of the conservative American Legislature Exchange Council.

Set your clocks; Daylight savings time set to begin

March 7, 2015

It's time to spring forward this weekend, as the country makes the switch to daylight-saving time.

Like those in almost all other states, Nebraskans will trade an hour of sleep starting Sunday morning for an extra hour of sunlight in the evening.

The government expanded daylight-saving time in 2007 in an effort to save energy. It now begins on the second Sunday in March and continues until the first Sunday in November.

The official change occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, local time, although people often change their clocks before going to bed Saturday night.

March 6th

Accident takes life of Sargent man

March 6, 2015

Richard M. Keefe of Sargent, 71, lost his life March 5, 2015, in a vehicle accident approximately 8.5 miles east of Broken Bow on State Highway 70. Keefe was driving in his 2000 Ford F250 pickup eastbound when his pickup left the highway, struck a cement retaining wall and rolled on its top. Keefe was pronounced dead at the scene. Restraints were not in use. The accident is bding investigated by the Custer County Sheriff's Office and the Nebraska State Patrol.

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