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April 16th, 2015

Gene LeRoy Dainton, 55

April 16, 2015

Gene LeRoy Dainton, 55, of Broken Bow, died suddenly, Monday, April 6, 2015, of a massive heart attack in Grand Island.

To honor Gene’s wishes cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service at a later date in Comstock. 

All Faiths Funeral Home of Grand Island is serving the family.

Gene was born July 11, 1959, in Omaha.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Sharon (Erikson) and Lloyd Arends of Grand Island; father, Lanny (Darlene) Dainton of Broken Bow; sister, Lisa (Todd) Babka of Doniphan; and twin brother, Jerry (Shirley) Dainton of Dallas, Texas.

April 15th

Nebraska senators advance bill reforming mandatory minimums

April 15, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An effort to scale back the use of mandatory minimum prison sentences in Nebraska as a way to reduce prison crowding won first-round approval Wednesday despite opposition from prosecutors and some conservative lawmakers.

Senators voted 28-9 on legislation to abolish mandatory minimums for Class 1C and 1D felonies, including robbery, assault on a police officer and certain drug crimes. The bill would also limit "habitual criminal" sentence enhancements to violent crimes.

Nebraska senators reject increase in tipped minimum wage

April 15, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers on Tuesday rejected an effort to increase the hourly wage for tipped workers, a move that means waiters and waitresses will continue to be paid the same per hour as they have since 1991.

By a 27 to 18 vote, legislators dismissed a measure by Omaha Sen. Jeremy Nordquist that would have gradually increased the hourly wage for tipped workers until it reached 50 percent of the standard minimum wage, or about $4.50 in 2017.

April 14th

Former Husker accused of murder

April 14, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison, officials said Monday.

Phillips' cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison was found lifeless early Saturday and later pronounced dead, prison spokesman Lt. Marshall Denning said in a statement.

Phillips, 39, was once one of the nation's top college football players at Nebraska. He played for the St. Louis Rams, until being released in 1997 for insubordination. He also played for the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.

Judicial Center Sneak Preview

April 14, 2015

The Custer County Board of Supervisors take a sneak preview of the new Judicial Center as part of their Tuesday board meeting. See the April 16 issue of The Custer County Chief for the story.

Nebraska gas tax increase bill headed to final vote

April 14, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A proposed gas tax increase advanced to a final vote in the Nebraska Legislature on Monday despite opponents who said the state should find another way to repair roads and bridges.

Lawmakers gave the bill second-round approval Monday with a 27-14 vote after nearly four hours of debate.

One more vote is required before the legislation moves to Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican who strongly opposes the measure. In a statement Monday evening, Ricketts criticized the bill as a "big government solution" and said he intends to veto it if it arrives at his desk.

April 12th

Medical marijuana bills expected to hit floor

April 12, 2015

LINCOLN--Two bills relating to medical marijuana are expected to hit the legislative floor for debate this legislative session.

Legislative Bill 643, introduced by Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue, would allow and regulate marijuana for medical treatment in Nebraska for those with qualifying medical conditions.

"I never thought I would bring this bill," Garrett said. "But I'm convinced that in five years, we'll be calling it the miracle drug."

Riley amazed as 76,000-plus show up for Huskers' spring game

April 12, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — According to the school fight song, there is no place like Nebraska.

Mike Riley had to agree Saturday when he came out of the tunnel and saw 76,881 fans waiting to watch his first Red-White game as the Cornhuskers' coach.

Tx break dispute raises old question for Nebraska lawmakers

April 12, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A dispute over taxes is drawing new attention to an old question that Nebraska lawmakers have to answer every year: Who gets a break, and who has to pay?

The issue surfaced last week as lawmakers debated sales tax exemptions for zoos and an $800,000 property tax break for the Woodmen of the World Insurance Society, a prominent insurance firm in downtown Omaha.

April 10th

Custer County 4-H Public Speaking Contest winners announced

April 10, 2015

The Custer County 4-H Public Speaking Contest was held on Monday, April 6 at the 4-H Building. Nineteen Custer County 4-H youth ranging in age from 8 to 18 gave speeches in six divisions. Award donors for the contest included Tom & Mary Langrud, Farm Credit Services of America, and the Nebraska Rural Radio Network.

The top three individuals in the Junior Speech, Intermediate Speech, Senior Speech, Junior PSA, Intermediate PSA, and Senior PSA divisions will represent Custer County at a Regional 4-H Public Speaking Contest to be held on Saturday, April 25 in North Platte.

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