August 26th, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” Nebraska's K-12 public schools rely more heavily on local taxes for funding than nearly every other state in the nation, according to a report released Monday.
The report by the OpenSky Policy Institute says Nebraska ranked 49th in the percentage of school funding provided by the state in fiscal 2012, the most recent year available.
The longtime focus on local funding has created wide disparities in property tax rates and led to increased state funding for fast-growing urban districts, according to the report.
An 8-year-old girl, a third grader from Engleman Elementary School in Grand Island, was injured today when she was struck by a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) driven by a Nebraska State Fair employee.
Injuries have not been confirmed, but itâ€™s believed injuries were sustained to the lower extremities of the accident victim.
The girl was at the fair as part of Nebraskaâ€™s Largest Classroomâ€”a free program designed for school agers from across Nebraska so that they can learn more about Nebraska agriculture.
LINCOLN, Neb. â€” Rural Nebraskans' optimism seems to be up a bit, according to the 2014 Nebraska Rural Poll.
Fifty percent of poll respondents said they were better off this year than five years ago, up from 42 percent last year. Only 17 percent said they were worse off, compared to 26 percent in 2013.
New transmission line approved by NPPD Board
Columbus, Neb. â€“ Citing a need to reduce voltage and loading issues on Nebraska Public Power Districtâ€™s transmission system in central Nebraska, NPPDâ€™s Board of Directors recently approved a resolution authorizing initial planning and engineering work for the public involvement process for a new, 115-kilovolt transmission line.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” Nebraska's attorney general said the state's corrections department has been too busy dealing with myriad problems to focus on resolving drug shortages that have halted executions in the state, which hasn't carried out the death penalty in 17 years.
Attorney General Jon Bruning told The Associated Press he's confident Nebraska will resume executions, but he thinks it will take a while before officials can work out a new approach using different drugs or a new supplier.
The Broken Bow City Council has moved their meeting for this coming week to Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building. Agenda items include the vote to put the City Manager question onto this November's ballot, and a budget update from City Administrator Dr. Virginia Moon.
The posted agenda is as follows:
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
CITY OF BROKEN BOW
MONDAY â€“ AUGUST 25, 2014
Open meeting as 11:30 A.M.
Announcement of Posting of the Open Meeting Laws Act
Approval of Consent Agenda
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” Nebraska has lost possibly three players for the season to injuries and a bunch of others are ailing, but you won't hear coach Bo Pelini complaining.
"There's no magical thing to injuries. It's a tough sport. Things happen, and there's nothing you can do about it," Pelini said after Wednesday's practice. "Look across the country, we're not the only ones that have some guys hurt."
Nickel back Charles Jackson and linebacker Michael Rose are out with season-ending knee injuries and running back Adam Taylor broke his ankle and probably won't make it back this season.
The Berean Church congregation breaks ground Monday for its new building in Broken Bow, Neb., in a BIG way.
Senator Mike Johanns announced today the start of the application period for the United States Senate Youth Program's 53rd annual Washington Week.
Two Nebraska students will be selected to join 102 other delegates from across the country in Washington, D.C., from March 7-14, 2015. The students applying for this program represent the height of academic achievement and dedication to service. All of these youth are future leaders, and I wish them well in this process.
A press release from the Custer County Sheriff's Office, informed the Custer County Chief, that on Aug. 17, 2014, at approximately 3:30 a.m., the Custer County Sheriff's Office investigated a one-vehicle rollover accident one mile west of Arnold on Nebraska Highway 92.
Tab Round Jr., of Council Hill, Okla., was driving a 2007 Dodge pickup eastbound when he lost control of the vehicle and entered the ditch. The vehicle rolled and Tab was ejected. Tab died at the scene of the accident.
A passenger in the vehicle was transported to the Callaway Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.