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January 13th, 2015
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” Nebraska landowners could see their property tax bills lowered but might have to pay more in income taxes under a school-funding bill unveiled Tuesday by a state lawmaker.
The measure by Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis would create a local income tax while reducing the percentage of agricultural land value that school districts can tax from 75 percent to 65 percent.
Due to a lack of quorum, Tuesday's Broken Bow City Council meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 14, beginning at 5 p.m.
Starting Monday, Nebraska spring turkey permits available
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says spring turkey hunting permits will be available starting Monday.
The 2015 permit prices, not including issuing fees, are resident turkey, $23; nonresident turkey, $95; and resident and nonresident youth turkey, $5. Youth permits are for hunters who are under age 16 on the opening day of the youth archery season. Other than residents under age 16, turkey hunters must have a Nebraska habitat stamp.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider grant award recommendations for various outdoor recreation projects at a meeting next week in Lincoln.
The 2015 Land and Water Conservation Fund Stateside Assistance Program provides funding for community outdoor recreation projects across the state. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, ball fields, soccer fields, picnic facilities, playgrounds, park acquisition and development, shelter houses and trails. The program provides reimbursable matching grants for 50 percent of project costs.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Adjusting medications before someone gets sick enough to visit the doctor. Updating outside specialists so one doctor's prescription doesn't interfere with another's.
Starting this month, Medicare will pay primary care doctors a monthly fee to better coordinate care for the most vulnerable seniors â€” those with multiple chronic illnesses â€” even if they don't have a face-to-face exam.
The goal is to help patients stay healthier between doctor visits, and avoid pricey hospitals and nursing homes.
The Broken Bow School Board has selected the next superintendent of schools.
The board offered the position to Thomas Bailey of Hailey, Idaho after interviewing three candidates this week.
Bailey is the current principal at Blaine County School in Hailey, where he has served for 14 years. The district has 3,365 students. He has been a teacher and coach in two other districts in Idaho. In addition, Bailey has been a United States wrestling team coach. He earned teaching and administration degrees from Indiana University and Education Specialist degrees from the University of Idaho.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” Nebraska's highest court threw out a challenge Friday to a proposed route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, even though a majority of judges agreed the landowners who sued should have won their case.
The decision removes a major roadblock for the $8 billion cross-continental project that Republicans have vowed to make a key part of their 2015 agenda in Congress.
Broken Bow Public Schools will swear in their new school board members: Tom Osmond, Carl French and Pam Holcomb this evening at 5:45 p.m. in the school's board room during a special meeting. A closed session will follow to discuss the three finalists for the superintendent position.
The public had an opportunity to meet the candidates earlier this week during the Meet & Greet sessions organized by Broken Bow's PTA.
The three finalists are Dr. John Weidner from Parshall, N.D.; Thomas Bailey from Hailey, Idaho; and Dr. Ken Schroeder from Franklin, Neb.
SENATE SAYS YES DESPITE VETO THREAT
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” A bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a key Senate committee Thursday, setting up a floor debate next week as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on President Barack Obama to rescind his veto threat.
The Energy and Natural Resources committee moved the bill closer to the floor by a 13-9 vote. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a sponsor on the bill, was the only Democrat to support it.
Committee chairmen elected
By Annie Bohling and Reece Ristau, Nebraska News Service
LINCOLN--Nebraska lawmakers Wednesday chose the following senators to lead the Legislature's standing committees in elections that were mostly uncontested.
Agriculture: Sen. Jerry Johnson of Wahoo. Johnson previously worked on the Agriculture Committee and Natural Resources Committee. He beat Sen. Lydia Brasch of Bancroft. Johnson said his focus will be to build agriculture and build Nebraska.