January 25th, 2015
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.
Funeral Services for Catherine M. Knittle will be Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bauer-Torrey & Mach Funeral Home Chapel in Wilcox, with Pastor Stan Murdock officiating. Interment will be at the Wilcox Cemetery at Wilcox following the service.
Catherine Mae Knittle, 93 years of age, of Wilcox, passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney.
Mary Ellen Thomas, age 91 of Eddyville, died Jan. 17, 2015, at the St. Lukeâ€™s Nursing Home in Kearney.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the Burr Oak CommunityChurch, with a lunch following. After the lunch, burial will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery.Â Visitation will be Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the family greeting friends 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow.Â
Memorials are suggested to the Burr Oak Church or the Homeward Trail Bible Camp at Mason City, NE.Â
Helen Coffman, 100, of Chandler, Ariz., entered into Heaven Dec. 23, 2014.
She was born July 20, 1914, to Francis and Charles Price near Berwyn. She was the oldest of three children. Brothers Paul and Roy Price and parents preceded her.
Helen married Claire Coffman, a farmer, rancher, businessman, December 7, 1933. They were happily married for 68 years, until Claire at 91 went to be with the Lord Feb. 2, 2002.