March 10th, 2015
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” 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.
THEDFORD, Neb. (AP) â€” 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.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” 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."
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.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” 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.
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.
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.
Donna E. Crawford, 85, of Kearney died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at CHI Health-Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Funeral services will be Friday, March 6, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Kearney Evangelical Free Church. The Rev. Brian Klein will officiate and burial will follow at Kearney Cemetery. There will be no visitation.
Memorials are suggested to the Evangelical Free Church Library.
Visit www.hlmkfuneral.com to leave a tribute or message of condolence.
Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney are in charge of arrangements.
Hazel M. Furrow, age 78, of North Platte died Feb. 25, 2015, at the Great Plains Health Center in North Platte.
Hazel Marie (Trotter) Furrow, was born Aug. 12, 1936. to Gary and Mary (Fricke) Trotter in Broken Bow.Â
Hazel grew up in Broken Bow and graduated from high school in 1955.Â
Hazel was united in marriage to Virgil Eldon Furrow. They moved together to Dunning, in 1957 and worked for Shinnâ€™s Turkey Ranch for 30 years. To this union 4 children were born.
Daniel Lee Vohland, 53, passed peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at his home near Minden.
An open house celebration of life will be Saturday, March 14, at the Broken Bow Country Club from 3-5 p.m. Anyone who knew Dan or any of his family are welcome to come.
Dan was born Nov. 15, 1961, with his twin brother Dave to Vance and Nancy Vohland in Broken Bow. Dan graduated from Broken Bow High School and attended college at the University of South Dakota.