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July 15th, 2014

Nebraska seeks info on immigrant children sent here

July 15, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's governor and most of its congressional delegation have asked federal officials for information about more than 200 unaccompanied immigrant children who have been placed with relatives or sponsors in Nebraska.

The children are among tens of thousands who have crossed the southern U.S. border illegally and unaccompanied by parents during the recent children's migration from Central America.

July 14th

Lightning survivor has no memory of deadly strike

July 14, 2014

DENVER (AP) — Justin Teilhet doesn't remember hearing a boom or feeling a sting, just waking up numb on the treeless tundra high in Rocky Mountain National Park and discovering his good friend was trying to revive his wife.

It was a lightning bolt, he learned later, and it killed his wife and left him with a burn on his shoulder and scrapes on his face when he was knocked to the ground unconscious.

Lightning killed two people last weekend in the popular park, where summer storms can close in quickly with deadly results.

Tanning bed, novelty lighter bills to become law

July 14, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will impose tighter restrictions on tanning beds and novelty lighters this week, and truckers who spill livestock manure in Omaha will have to pay a steeper fine.

The new laws are among 122 set to go into effect on Friday, when the three-month grace period from the end of the legislative session expires.

Many of the laws reflect compromises reached among lawmakers after hours of debate. Senators also approved major legislation to lower taxes and reduce prison crowding, but most of those measures won't come into play until next year.

Massive fire in Grand Island

July 14, 2014

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A portion of a downtown Grand Island building has collapsed during a fire.

Authorities say one firefighter suffered minor injuries fighting the blaze, which was reported about 8 p.m. Sunday and extinguished about four hours later. Some firefighters remained on the scene to combat hot spots. The building housed Ron's Transmissions and other businesses.

Fire Chief Cory Schmidt says fire crews and trucks from the Grand Island Rural Fire Department and from Hastings and St. Paul helped his firefighters.

July 13th

June storms caused $13M in public property damage; Custer County volunteers make the trip

July 13, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Tornadoes and thunderstorms that pummeled Nebraska last month caused an estimated $13.2 million in damage to roads, bridges, utilities and other public property, a state emergency spokeswoman said Thursday.

State officials will use the preliminary estimates when applying for federal assistance to cover the damage in 12 counties, said Jodie Fawl, a spokeswoman for the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

US economic growth to outpace Nebraska's

July 13, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's surging economy will slow enough this year for the rest of the nation to catch up, a state business council said in a report released Friday.

The Nebraska Business Forecast Council predicts the U.S. economy as a whole will outpace Nebraska's for the remaining months of 2014. Nebraska has enjoyed strong growth in farming and home construction in recent years.

July 11th

Independent Jenkins qualifies for US Senate ballot

July 11, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A central Nebraska cattle rancher has qualified for the November ballot in Nebraska's U.S. Senate race.

The secretary of state's office confirms that Jim Jenkins, an independent, has submitted enough valid signatures to appear on the ballot with Republican Ben Sasse and Democrat Dave Domina.

The candidates are running to replace U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, who isn't seeking re-election.

Bomb threat at Broken Bow store a hoax

July 11, 2014

It was a scam and it was all about money.

A bomb threat was called into Dollar General in Broken Bow earlier today, July 11, closing the store and closing the streets leading into their parking lot.

This is not the first time the chain has been targeted. This was the fifth Nebraska store targeted today. Like threats were received in Ainsworth, O'Neill and two in Omaha in addition to the Broken Bow store.

Dollar General bomb threat called in

July 11, 2014

Custer Co. Sheriff's Office, Broken Bow Police Dept., Broken Bow Fire Dept. and EMT's responded to a possible bomb threat at Dollar General in Broken Bow. Surrounding streets are blocked off and the store is currently closed. The building has been cleared and employees have been allowed back in the building. More information will be added as it becomes available.

July 3rd

Signatures for wage initiative turned in to Sec. of State’s office

July 3, 2014

LINCOLN – Nebraska voters may get a chance in November to vote on whether the state’s minimum wage should be increased. Organizers of a petition initiative say they turned in 134,899 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office, in hopes of putting the measure on the ballot. If enough signatures are verified, this would be the first petition initiative to be put to voters since 2008.

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