January 19th, 2015
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” 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."
LOUP CITY, Neb. (AP) â€” 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.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” 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.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” 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.
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.
Broken Bow Indians split with Holdrege. Boys take the win - Broken Bow 51, Holdrege 47; and the Lady Indians get topped by the Lady Dusters - Holdrege 59, Broken Bow 47.
Adams Central 74, Arcadia-Loup City 39
Ainsworth 84, Minden 38
Alma 63, Franklin 30
Amherst 65, Overton 51
Ansley-Litchfield 45, Palmer 43
Arlington 68, Raymond Central 49
Aurora 72, Fairbury 19
Axtell 45, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 42
Banner County 53, Hay Springs 50, OT
Bayard 64, Potter-Dix 47
Beatrice 66, Seward 48
Bellevue West 78, Omaha Burke 57
Bennington 70, Elkhorn South 68
Starting Monday, Nebraska spring turkey permits available
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” 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.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” 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.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” 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 â€” those with multiple chronic illnesses â€” 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.
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.