April 14th, 2015
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” 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.
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."
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” 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.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” 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.
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.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” 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.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” 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.
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.
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Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney are in charge of the arrangements.
Stephen T. Joyce, age 61, of Alliance, formally of Broken Bow, died peacefully in his sleep Thursday, April 2, 2015, at his home in Alliance.
Services will be 1 p.m., Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow with Father Jim Hunt officiating. A register book may be signed prior to services Thursday.
Burial will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery at Broken Bow.
Rich E. Bartram, age 68, of Broken Bow, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at home with family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow with Pastor Peggy Michael Rush officiating.
Honorary pallbearers during service; Dave Green, Dan Hawke, Don Headrick, Lowell Baillie, Ken â€śRudyâ€ť Handley and Keith Moninger. Family will be greeting friends Friday, April 10, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow.