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January 19th, 2015

Peterson goes after human trafficking and drugs

January 19, 2015

Lincoln – Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has announced his legislative priorities for the 2015 legislative session. Peterson’s priority legislation reflects his commitment to protecting the vulnerable and supporting Nebraska’s law enforcement and county attorneys. LB294 introduced by Senator Jim Scheer, strengthens the ability of law enforcement and prosecutors to combat human trafficking.

Ricketts: Lowering taxes, balancing budget doable this year

January 19, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts says he's confident Nebraska can balance its budget this year while chipping away at the taxes that he says are hindering job growth.

The Republican governor said the state needs to continue its focus on lowering property taxes this year, but he acknowledged the work will require a multi-year effort.

"It's not something we'll just do once and claim victory," Ricketts said in an interview with The Associated Press. "It will be an ongoing process. We'll suggest solutions, and others will have solutions as well."

Man rescued after plunging through ice

January 19, 2015

LOUP CITY, Neb. (AP) — An ice fisherman has been pulled from Sherman Reservoir in central Nebraska after he and his all-terrain vehicle plunged through the ice.

The accident happened about 7:20 a.m. Sunday. Fifty-nine-year-old Ron Devitt, of Heartwell, says other people came to his rescue, and emergency responders helped warm him back up.

Nebraska Game and Parks officials say Sunday's accident was the third time in a week that someone had gone into the bone-chilling reservoir water.

January 13th

Tax break proposed for beer producers using Nebraska crops

January 14, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Beer makers could receive a tax break under a bill that would boost the market for Nebraska-grown barley and hops.

Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala introduced a bill Tuesday that would offer a non-refundable tax credit to breweries using Nebraska-grown crops.

The measure would apply to manufacturers if at least 10 percent of the crops used in brewing were grown in Nebraska. Manufacturers could receive up to a 35 percent tax credit if 70 percent or more of their grains were grown in the state.

STORY UPDATE: Nebraska property-tax bill would create local income tax

January 13, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska landowners could see their property tax bills lowered but might have to pay more in income taxes under a school-funding bill unveiled Tuesday by a state lawmaker.

The measure by Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis would create a local income tax while reducing the percentage of agricultural land value that school districts can tax from 75 percent to 65 percent.

Broken Bow City Council rescheduled

January 13, 2015

Due to a lack of quorum, Tuesday's Broken Bow City Council meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 14, beginning at 5 p.m.

January 10th

Nebraska turkey permits available

January 10, 2015

Starting Monday, Nebraska spring turkey permits available

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says spring turkey hunting permits will be available starting Monday.

The 2015 permit prices, not including issuing fees, are resident turkey, $23; nonresident turkey, $95; and resident and nonresident youth turkey, $5. Youth permits are for hunters who are under age 16 on the opening day of the youth archery season. Other than residents under age 16, turkey hunters must have a Nebraska habitat stamp.

Nebraska agency considers grants for outdoor recreation

January 10, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider grant award recommendations for various outdoor recreation projects at a meeting next week in Lincoln.

The 2015 Land and Water Conservation Fund Stateside Assistance Program provides funding for community outdoor recreation projects across the state. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, ball fields, soccer fields, picnic facilities, playgrounds, park acquisition and development, shelter houses and trails. The program provides reimbursable matching grants for 50 percent of project costs.

Medicare pays doctors to coordinate seniors' care

January 10, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Adjusting medications before someone gets sick enough to visit the doctor. Updating outside specialists so one doctor's prescription doesn't interfere with another's.

Starting this month, Medicare will pay primary care doctors a monthly fee to better coordinate care for the most vulnerable seniors — those with multiple chronic illnesses — even if they don't have a face-to-face exam.

The goal is to help patients stay healthier between doctor visits, and avoid pricey hospitals and nursing homes.

January 9th

Bailey selected as new BBPS Superintendent

January 9, 2015

The Broken Bow School Board has selected the next superintendent of schools.

The board offered the position to Thomas Bailey of Hailey, Idaho after interviewing three candidates this week.

Bailey is the current principal at Blaine County School in Hailey, where he has served for 14 years. The district has 3,365 students. He has been a teacher and coach in two other districts in Idaho. In addition, Bailey has been a United States wrestling team coach. He earned teaching and administration degrees from Indiana University and Education Specialist degrees from the University of Idaho.

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