November 14th, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” Congress is suddenly scrambling to vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but the fate of the oft-delayed $5.4 billion project could still wind up in the hands of an obscure commission in Nebraska that regulates telephones, taxi cabs and grain bins.
The Nebraska Supreme Court is expected to rule within weeks on whether the Nebraska Public Service Commission must review the pipeline before it can cross the state, one of six on the pipeline's route. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman gave the green light in January 2013 without the panel's involvement.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) â€” A surgeon working in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and will be flown Saturday to the United States for treatment, officials from Sierra Leone and the United States said.
Dr. Martin Salia was to be taken to Omaha to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center, Sierra Leone's chief medical officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo, told The Associated Press on Friday. Salia reportedly lives in Maryland.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Long-stalled legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline got new life on Wednesday after Senate Democrats suddenly abandoned efforts to block the measure in hopes of helping endangered Sen. Mary Landrieu keep her seat in energy-rich Louisiana.
Republicans responded swiftly to Landrieu's maneuvering, scheduling a vote in the House on Thursday on an identical bill sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy, Landrieu's Republican rival in a Dec. 6 runoff.
No. 11 Nebraska (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten, CFP No. 16) at No. 22 Wisconsin (7-2, 4-1, CFP No. 20), 3:30 p.m. EST (ABC)
Line: Wisconsin by 6.
Series Record: Tied 4-all.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Welcome to the Ameer Abdullah-Melvin Gordon Bowl. This is a showcase game for Nebraska's Abdullah and Wisconsin's Gordon to make statements to Heisman Trophy voters. Besides the footrace between the star running backs, the game could be crucial in determining the Big Ten West division title. The loser has a tougher road to win the West and a trip to the league title game.
Halsey â€“ The Bessey Ranger District near Halsey will be hosting their annual Hunterâ€™s Coffee Friday at 6:00 p.m. CST at the Bessey Recreation Area Picnic Shelter.
Kris Hill, Acting Bessey District Ranger said, â€śTo welcome our hunting guests for opening weekend, we are hosting the popular Hunterâ€™s Coffee on Friday evening in the main campground. Hunters will have an opportunity to talk with local game wardens and Forest Service staff, look at maps and ask questions.â€ť
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” A ruling this week by a federal judge could make it easier for petition-drive organizers to place statewide initiatives on the ballot without traveling to remote parts of Nebraska.
Anselmo-Merna tops Sandhills/Thedford 44-8. The AM Coyotes take on Maxwell at Maxwell Nov. 17 to see who gets to play on Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium Nov. 24 for state championship honors.
Tuesday night's playoff scores are as follows:
Class D-1 Quarterfinals
Elm Creek 30, Creighton 8
Hemingford 56, Fullerton 6
Class D-2 Quarterfinals:
Anselmo-Merna 44, Sandhills/Thedford 8
Exeter/Milligan 28, Humphrey St. Francis 26
Falls City Sacred Heart 62, Kenesaw 46
Maxwell 32, Garden County 28
For more on area high school sports see this week's Custer County Chief.
The Nebraska Department of Roadsâ€™ crews are prepared for snowplow season.
Workers and equipment will be out to clear the highways and will be monitoring changing conditions on the stateâ€™s highways throughout the winter season. Motorists should be prepared too.
Know Before You Go!
â€˘ For 24-hour-a-day, year-round Nebraska road condition and traveler information, the following options are available:
Phone: dial 511 from a cell phone or landline; if outside Nebraska, dial 800-906-9069
Lincoln, NE â€“ November 7, 2014 â€“ Jeremiah White of Sargent won $100,000 playing the $10 Scratch game Nebraska Gold 9X from the Nebraska Lottery.
White purchased his winning Nebraska Gold 9X ticket at Trotterâ€™s Whoa & Go, 301 East Edith Street in Sargent. Scratching the ticket, he revealed matching numbers with a corresponding prize of $100,000.
There were three $100,000 top prizes available in Nebraska Gold 9X. White was the third person to claim a top prize in the game.
SAN DIEGO, and VALHALLA, N.Y.
â€“ Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Consolidated Edison Development (ConEdison Development) announced Friday (Nov. 7, 2014, an agreement to partner on the 75-megawatt (MW) Broken Bow II wind project in Custer County, Neb.
Under the sales agreement, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Consolidated Edison Development holding companies will each own a 50-percent interest in the wind facility. Sempra U.S. Gas & Power will continue to provide operations and maintenance services for the plant, which generates enough renewable energy to power about 30,000 Nebraska homes.