January 26th, 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.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” 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.
28th annual Tour de Nebraska Bicycle Tour is June 17-21, 2015; Will Visit Ravenna, St. Paul, Ord, Burwell and Broken Bow!
LINCOLN â€“ 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.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” 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, Neb. (AP) â€” 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.
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.
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."
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” 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.
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.
Bonnie Grein Fankhauser, 81 of North Platte passed away Jan. 19, 2015, at Great Plains Health. She was born March 24, 1933 in Hermosa, SD to Frank and Naomi Blanche (Martin) Grein. She attended high school in Rushville.
September 5, 1950, she married John Fankhauser in Scottsbluff. To this union four children were born.
In 1952 the couple moved to North Platte, where Bonnie sold Tupperware, worked at K-Mart, and worked as a cashier at 6th Street Food Stores and U-Save for 27 years.