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Archive - Feb 2014

February 6th

Paul Saner, 83

February 6, 2014

Paul E. Saner, 83, of North Platte, passed away Jan. 28, 2014, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born Jan. 20, 1931, to Pearl and Jeanette (Wilson) Saner at Dunning.
Paul grew up in Dunning and graduated from Dunning High School in 1950. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
After his honorary discharge he returned to Nebraska and was united in marriage to Sharyn Hilderbrand. He worked as respiratory therapist and a technician at Berg Type-writer.

Darlene Darveau, 94

February 6, 2014

Darlene Gericke Darveau, 94, passed away Dec. 20, 2013, in Heritage Hall Health Care in Broken
Bow. She was born Dec. 1, 1919, in Alliance. Her parents, Dr. George J. Hand and Nellie Luton of Alliance preceded her in death.
Darlene graduated from Alliance High School in 1938. She married Jack O Gericke in 1939, and he preceded her in death in 1973.
Darlene worked as a bookkeeper in several businesses in Alliance through the years and in 1973 she was house keeper for the Holy Rosary Rectory for nine years.

Bill to raise minimum wage debated

February 6, 2014

LINCOLN--Nebraska's minimum wage was the hot-button issue in Monday's Business and Labor Committee hearing. The committee heard
testimony on two proposals--Legislative Bills 943 and Bill 947--and most witnesses stood in favor of them. But opponents said raising the
minimum wage could hurt the economy, workers and small businesses.

If passed, LB943 would raise the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an

February 2nd

Relief sought for prison overcrowding

February 2, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Prison overcrowding is prompting lawmakers to take a new look at supervised release programs in Nebraska, along with reforms to the system that awards "good time" credit to reduce prison sentences.

Lawmakers will begin that work this week with a proposed overhaul measure of the state's overcrowded prisons, which have risen to 153 percent of their design capacity with nearly 4,900 inmates. Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha, who is leading a state prison-reform effort, said Nebraska needs to expand community programs for inmates to help them return to society.

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