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May 7th, 2015

Nebraska Gov. Ricketts vetoes proposed gas tax increase

May 7, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has made good on his promise to veto a proposed 6-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase.

The Republican governor rejected the measure shortly after lawmakers gave it final approval Thursday. Ricketts argues in his veto message that measure contradicts the public's desire for tax relief.

The bill would incrementally raise the tax over four years to help pay for road and bridge repairs, generating an estimated $76 million a year once fully implemented.

Amber alert issued for sibling of infant found in dumpster

May 7, 2015

LA VISTA, Neb. (AP) — Investigators believe a woman whose body was found in southeast Omaha is the mother of an infant found alive in a dumpster and his brother, who is missing, Omaha police said Thursday.

An Amber alert has been issued for the older boy, 5-year-old Josue Ramirez-Marinero, who is believed to be in danger. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and sweatpants and may be traveling in a silver Jeep Cherokee with Nebraska plates SRH941.

May 6th

National Day of Prayer breakfast

May 6, 2015

National Day of Prayer breakfast will be at the Municipal Auditorium in Broken Bow Thursday May 7 at 6:30 AM.
A light breakfast will be served prior to the beginning the service
This is the 64th annual National Day of Prayer.
National Day of Prayer was established by Congress in 1952.

Baccalaureate Services for Broken Bow High Class of 2015

May 6, 2015

Baccalaureate Services for Broken Bow High Class of 2015 is tonight, May 6, at 7 PM. Service will be in the Middle School Auditorium.
Family, friends and the public are invited to attend and support our Seniors.

Baccalaureate is sponsored by the Broken Bow Ministerial Association

Tax credits for Nebraska wind energy stalled by filibuster

May 6, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An effort to attract more wind farms to Nebraska failed on Tuesday after senators derailed a bill that would have provided $75 million in production tax credits for renewable energy.

Conservative senators mounted a filibuster to block the proposal, arguing that the state shouldn't subsidize wind energy.

The bill by Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha would have provided up to $75 million in tax credits over a decade for wind farms. Nordquist agreed to the cap and a December 2021 sunset date for the program to try to win support for the legislation.

Livestock market operation suspends sales for summer

May 6, 2015

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — Officials say Nebraska Livestock Sales of Norfolk has suspended its summer schedule.

Jim Barta owns the operation, and he said Monday that, "due to the declining number of cattle in the area, we are going to go with seasonal sales at the livestock market."

Sales recently were cut to two days a week from three.

In March 2006 the market was sold by the Emrich family and Don Balfany of Norfolk to the Barta family, of Fremont. The Bartas own other livestock markets, including Nebraska Livestock Sales operations in Alma, Blue Hill, Ericson, O'Neill and Tecumseh.

May 5th

Smith Congratulates Corbin Snow, 3rd Place Finisher in Congressional Art Competition

May 5, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) congratulated Corbin Snow of Litchfield High School today on his third place finish in the Third District’s 2015 Congressional Art Competition. Corbin’s artwork, entitled “Great Plains Harvest,” will be displayed in Smith’s Scottsbluff office.

Sophie Eberle to compete in Nebraska’s National American Miss competition

May 5, 2015

A 14-year-old Broken Bow teen is preparing to compete this weekend for the title of National American Miss. The state competition will take place in Omaha.
Sophie, the daughter of Tom and Jenny Eberle is involved in her church’s youth group at the United Methodist Church, and Young Riders 4-H Club. She enjoys volunteering for the Salvation Army Organization, spending time with her family, watching movies, reading, going for walks and listening to music.

Sophie will compete in the 13-15 year old Junior teen division along with other outstanding young ladies of Nebraska.

Nebraska senators vote for livestock friendly development

May 5, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska counties looking to expand livestock operations could receive extra funds for planning and improving infrastructure under a bill that cleared a first-round vote in the Legislature.

Senators voted 37-0 Monday on a measure by Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala that would funnel $1.5 million to counties approved by the Nebraska director of agriculture as livestock friendly.

Schilz says the measure puts the control in the hand of local authorities to seek out the livestock friendly designation and apply for grants.

May 4th

Personal property tax break for Nebraska businesses advances

May 4, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska farmers and business owners could get a property tax break under a bill moving through the Legislature.

Lawmakers gave first-round approval Monday to an exemption for personal business property. The bill would apply to farm equipment such as irrigation pivots, pumps and motors, and machines used in a factory.

The measure by Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island would allow owners to exempt the first $10,000 worth of property, for an average tax savings of $162. The bill would cost the state $19.6 million a year.

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