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January 26th, 2015

Legislature proposes numerous property tax bills

January 26, 2015

LINCOLN--Gov. Pete Ricketts and state lawmakers seem to agree that addressing property tax issues are priority, and they'll have plenty of options to choose from based on the legislative bills introduced.

The state does not levy property taxes, which primarily support public schools and local government. But as farmland values have increased, rural taxpayers in particular have expressed widespread concern about the impact of those taxes.

Here is a compilation of notable property tax-related bills that have been introduced in the 104th Legislature.

Nebraska businesses reminded due reports by April 1

January 26, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials are reminding various businesses about a spring deadline to file required annual and biennial reports.

Limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships and nonprofit corporations have until April 1 to file the paperwork. The businesses could be administratively dissolved if the deadline isn't made, which affects liability protection and credit worthiness.

By law, those that do not meet the deadline and pay the appropriate fee will be administratively dissolved.

Tour de Nebraska to visit Broken Bow

January 26, 2015

28th annual Tour de Nebraska Bicycle Tour is June 17-21, 2015; Will Visit Ravenna, St. Paul, Ord, Burwell and Broken Bow!

LINCOLN – The 28th annual 5-day Tour de Nebraska bicycle adventure will head to beautiful north central Nebraska on its 293-mile round trip journey, June 17-21, 2015. Approximately 250 cyclists will leave Ravenna on Wednesday, June 17 and camp overnight in St. Paul, Ord, Burwell and Broken Bow.

January 25th

5 ways unmanned drones could affect the American food supply

January 25, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides.

When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union.

This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Steven Edgar, president and CEO of ADAVSO, says his Idaho-based business will use a lightweight, fixed-wing drone to survey fields of crops.

Omaha police continue investigating shooting that killed 3

January 25, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police are continuing to investigate this weekend's shooting that left three dead and five wounded.

Officer James Shade said Sunday he couldn't release any additional information about Saturday's shooting. No arrests have been reported.

The shooting happened at a small northeast Omaha home where as many as 50 people were gathered for a party. Police say multiple shooters fired at the home around 2 a.m. Saturday.

Nebraska could require carbon monoxide detectors in homes

January 25, 2015

An increase in carbon monoxide poisoning calls last year could prompt Nebraska lawmakers to require alarms in houses and apartments.

A bill set for a legislative hearing this week would add Nebraska to a growing list of states that require the devices in addition to smoke alarms.

The hearing comes after a year that saw the number of carbon monoxide calls to the Nebraska Regional Poison Center climb from 107 in 2013 to 167 last year, said Kathy Jacobitz, the group's managing director. No deaths were recorded.

January 24th

Pelini hires longtime Huskers assistant Ron Brown at Youngstown State

January 24, 2015

Given their different personalities, Ron Brown's choice to continue working for Bo Pelini might seem improbable.

Brown said Thursday the decision was easy and based on the support Pelini gave him at Nebraska when he mingled his Christian faith with football. The 58-year-old Brown this week began his new job as Pelini's associate head coach and running backs coach at Youngstown State, ending a decades-long association with the Cornhuskers.

"I just felt like God has given me a passion and a desire to continue to coach," Brown said. "I feel God's pleasure when I coach."

Nebraskans pack public hearing to argue voter ID bill

January 24, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Supporters and opponents of a Nebraska voter identification bill packed a public hearing Friday for a fierce debate over the measure.

The Legislature's Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee heard heated arguments on a bill by Sen. Tyson Larson of O'Neill. The legislation would require voters to show a driver's license or state identification card at a polling place. Fifteen other states have such a law.

A similar bill in 2013 did not advance to full Legislature. The committee's leadership has since changed.

Nebraska to get $1.2 million in federal conservation grants

January 24, 2015

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says it will receive $1.2 million in federal grants over the next five years to help private landowners improve grasslands and croplands for wildlife habitat and agriculture production.

January 20th

Did you know? Nearly $190 million ivested in rural Nebraska in 2014

January 20, 2015

Nearly $190 Million Invested in Rural Nebraska in 2014
Five Year Total is $1.5 Billion

Nebraska’s rural communities received nearly $190 million in USDA Rural Development funding in federal fiscal year 2014, completed on September 30. In five years, USDA has invested nearly $1.5 billion in Nebraska, according to Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul. In the 19 year history of the agency, the funding total is nearly $2.7 billion in Nebraska. The total portfolio of current loans, loans and loan guarantees under management by the Nebraska Rural Development staff is $1.3 billion.

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