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March 10th, 2015

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.

February 15th

Nebraska bill would change campaign disclosure requirements

February 15, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Politicians who use campaign money illegally could have a harder time hiding their violations under a bill that will go before Nebraska lawmakers this week.

The measure would change a rule that allows candidates and office-holders to self-report the amount of money in their campaign accounts.

Supporters say the bill might have helped officials catch former state Sen. Brenda Council earlier, before she gambled away $63,000 in campaign money. It's set for a hearing Thursday before the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Nebraska debates medical marijuana

February 15, 2015

LINCOLN--Nebraska could join 23 states and the District of Columbia in legalizing forms of marijuana use under proposed legislation.

Two bills dealing with the substance have been introduced and are scheduled for hearings on March 6.

LB 390, introduced by Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue, would create a pilot project allowing the University of Nebraska Medical Center to conduct medical marijuana research for seizure and intractable epilepsy patients.

February 9th

Serenade your Sweetheart Feb. 13

February 9, 2015

Serenade your Sweetheart Feb. 13th with a 'SINGING TELEGRAM!'

Create a lasting memory with by signing up for a 'Singing Telegram'

For $50 send a song,a rose, a cookie and a card to someone special Feb. 13 ($10 for each additional person to serenade) with the proceeds going to the Broken Bow Public Library Building Project.

Call the Broken Bow Public Library at 308-872-2927 prior to Feb. 11 to reserve your time or for additional information.

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