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April 14th, 2015

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.

Riley won't reveal a lot of offense in Huskers' spring game

April 10, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The annual rite of spring known as Nebraska's Red-White Game takes place Saturday, and the fans' sense of anticipation is heightened because it will be their first look at the Cornhuskers under new coach Mike Riley.

Riley says he is excited, too, because he has never been at a school where a spring game is so celebrated.

As of late in the week, 65,000 tickets had been sold, and the crowd at Memorial Stadium probably will swell to over 70,000 on what's supposed to be a sunny afternoon with temperatures in the 70s.

Lawmakers reject bill to make leadership votes public

April 10, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A conservative push to require Nebraska lawmakers to disclose how they voted in legislative leadership races was defeated again on Friday, with opponents casting it as an effort to settle political scores.

Supporters argued the measure would have promoted transparency, but opponents called it a back-door attempt to rehash debates over the same issue earlier this year. Lawmakers voted 31-15 to bracket the bill, killing it for the year.

April 9th

Bonnie M. Dittmer, 63

April 9, 2015

Bonnie M. Dittmer, 63, of Amherst, died, Friday, April 3, 2015, at the Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow.

Funeral services were Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Miller United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bonnie Brock officiating.

Burial was at the Stanley Cemetery near Amherst.

Memorials are suggested to the family for designation at a later date.

Visit www.hlmkfuneral.com to leave a tribute or message of condolence.

Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney are in charge of the arrangements.

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