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Runza sponsors TeamMates fundraiser

March 31, 2015

Once again, Runza of Broken Bow is sponsoring a fundraiser for its youth. Across Nebraska and Iowa, including Runza of Broken Bow, if you eat at Runza today, March 31 between 10 am and 9 p.m., Runza will donate 10 percent of its profits to the youth mentoring organization.

The effort is part of Runza's belief that it takes more than food to serve a community. Seventy-six Runza locations are participating in TeamMates Day.

Person monitored for Ebola given CPR while jogging

March 30, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — One of the five American aid workers being monitored in Nebraska for exposure to Ebola developed a heart problem while jogging Saturday and needed CPR from a bystander.

The Nebraska Medical Center said the individual was in stable condition Sunday, and an infectious disease expert at the hospital said the unusual situation didn't represent a health risk to people treating the individual or the public.

Highway 92 project - Arnold East launches April 6

March 30, 2015

According to the Nebraska Department of Roads, construction will start April 6 on Highway 92 between RP 259+19 and RP 265+40. The work will include cold-in-place recycling, asphalt milling, asphalt surfacing, grading and drainage structures.

Traffic during construction will be reduced to one lane and controlled with flaggers and a pilot car during daytime hours only.

Some delays should be expected. Please travel safely.

Nebraska lawmakers still sorting property tax options

March 30, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — With the session more than half finished, Nebraska lawmakers are still sorting through ways to lower property taxes while balancing the state budget.

Bills slated for debate include personal property tax legislation to benefit businesses and a $45 million annual increase for the state property tax credit fund, which reduces the amount property owners must pay.

Some say the state can and should do more, but others are tamping down expectations that other property tax measures will be approved this year.

Gregory-Failed Drug Tests

March 29, 2015

Ex-Husker DE Randy Gregory to NFL Media: I failed drug tests

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Defensive end Randy Gregory said he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine last month and that he failed two drug tests at Nebraska last year.

Gregory disclosed his marijuana use in an interview with NFL Media on Wednesday.

Gregory went into February's scouting combine projected to be among the top 10 picks in the draft. He declared for the draft after his junior season at Nebraska, where he recorded 17 1/2 sacks in two seasons.

Nebraska's February jobless rate of 2.7 percent lowest in US

March 28, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate of 2.7 percent last month was the lowest in the country, a state report showed Friday.

The Nebraska Labor Department report said the February rate was seven-tenths of a point under the February 2014 rate of 3.4 percent and remained well under the new national average rate of 5.5 percent.

Nebraska's rate of 2.7 percent was trailed by North Dakota at 2.9 percent and South Dakota and Utah at 3.4 percent, according to U.S. Labor Department figures.

Nebraska high court: Doors should have stayed

March 28, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The adage goes that if opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. One rural Nebraska couple were forced to build 12 when they arrived at their newly purchased home to find all of the interior doors missing.

The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled in favor of the couple Friday, agreeing that the man who sold them the building should have disclosed that he planned to take the building's doors with him.

The high court's decision upheld a Custer County District Court ruling last year that found Andrew Solomon was wrong to take the building's 12 interior doors.

Colorado defends pot law, says Nebraska is free to legalize weed

March 28, 2015

DENVER (AP) — States are free to legalize marijuana, Colorado argued Friday in a filing to the U.S. Supreme Court in response to a lawsuit from neighboring states that have asked the nation's highest court to shut down Colorado's pot law.

The filing marks the first time Colorado has defended legal marijuana in writing. The federal government did not sue to block the state's 2012 vote to legalize pot for all adults over 21.

Nebraska transparency law constantly under attack

March 16, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska law that allows the public to know the names and backgrounds of finalists for top jobs in government is sometimes ignored and frequently challenged, advocates for transparency say.

All efforts to end the disclosure law have failed in the Legislature, but government accountability advocates say they often see a new push for secrecy when a high-profile job comes open.

US charity staff to leave Sierra Leone amid Ebola scare

March 15, 2015

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Ten health care workers with a Boston-based nonprofit organization responding to Sierra Leone's Ebola outbreak are to be evacuated to the United States after one of their colleagues was infected with the deadly disease.

Partners in Health said in a statement Saturday that the 10, the largest group to be evacuated to the United States over possible Ebola exposure, would travel on non-commercial aircraft and be isolated in Ebola treatment facilities.

Bill proposes state standards for Nebraska livestock permits

March 15, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A sharp decline in the number of Nebraska dairy farms while neighboring states prosper is driven by inconsistent local zoning regulations, some county officials say, and a measure moving through the Legislature aims to rectify the issue with a mandatory set of standards.

St. Patrick’s Day Special Enforcement Planned

March 14, 2015

(Lincoln, Neb.)- Reducing the potential for alcohol related crashes by cracking down on impaired driving is the focus of a special St. Patrick’s Day special enforcement effort conducted by the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP).

Troopers and communication specialists with NSP will put in overtime hours on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17 in an effort to gain voluntary compliance with all traffic safety laws as they work to keep Nebraska roads safe. The overtime funding is provided thanks in part to a $5,367.50 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).

State Fire Marshal Warns of Wildfire Danger

March 14, 2015

As the weather warms and potentially drier conditions occur in Nebraska, the State Fire Marshal reminds Nebraskans of the potential for wildfires. A lack of moisture, high winds, and a failure of individuals to exercise caution with regard to the fire danger potential is a combination for disaster and an area of concern for Nebraska Fire Service.

Ricketts to visit Broken Bow

March 14, 2015

Ricketts to travel state for Nebraska ag week tour

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is set to travel the state as part of a National Ag Week tour.

Ricketts will visit Omaha, Broken Bow North Platte and Seward on Monday for various events.

The tour includes stops at commodity-processing facility in Omaha; a lunch with farmers, ranchers and agribusiness representatives in Broken Bow; his monthly call-in show in North Platte; and an agriculture banquet in Seward.

Sales tax bill for Nebraska farmland voted down in committee

March 10, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — 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.

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