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April 22nd, 2015

Korean War Hero Flight send off

April 22, 2015

The Korean War Hero Flight left Broken Bow Neb. Wednesday morning at 9:30 AM. The bus carrying the Korean War veterans and their escorts along with The American Legion Riders leading the way drove around the square for a send off.

The Korean War Hero Flight gives veterans the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. to visit the Korean War Memorial.

Nebraska senators advance package to help craft breweries

April 22, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Craft breweries, cider drinkers and beer aficionados could benefit from alcohol legislation that cleared first-round debate Tuesday in the Nebraska Legislature.

Senators voted 32-3 to advance a measure that would provide a tax credit for brewers who use Nebraska-grown hops and barley; would redefine hard cider as beer, rather than wine; and would allow more restaurants and bars to sell growlers— refillable large bottles — of craft beers to customers for off-site consumption.

April 21st

Bill to allow higher Nebraska brand-inspection fees advances

April 21, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The cost of brand inspections for cattle could rise to $1.10 per head under a bill advanced Monday by Nebraska lawmakers.

Senators gave first-round approval to an increase in the maximum fee charged by the Nebraska Brand Committee, which inspects cattle and investigates missing and stolen cattle. Inspections are mandatory in the western two-thirds of Nebraska anytime a bovine animal changes ownership. The region includes more than 7,000 brand owners.

Program finds students with rural ties for medical school

April 21, 2015

PONCA, Neb. (AP) — A special Nebraska program continues to give high school students from rural areas a shot at medical school in the hope they will return to a similar area to work.

The Rural Health Opportunities Program is designed to help address the shortage of doctors, nurses and other medical workers in rural areas.

The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1bcDkWW ) the program offers a full undergraduate scholarship and early admission to the University of Nebraska Medical School.

April 20th

Compliance Checks Held in Buffalo-Sherman Counties

April 20, 2015

(Kearney, Neb.)- On Friday, April 17, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) conducted compliance checks at 97 businesses in Buffalo and Sherman Counties.

During the effort, compliance checks were conducted at 92 businesses in Buffalo County and five businesses in Sherman County. Five businesses in Buffalo County and one business in Sherman County were found to be non-compliant after selling alcohol to a minor. The retail outlets checked included convenience, liquor and grocery stores as well as restaurants and bars.

April 17th

Governor Ricketts tours Judicial Center

April 17, 2015

Governor Ricketts visited Broken Bow Friday afternoon to tour the new Judicial Center scheduled to be completed June 2015. The Governor praised the progress and concept of the regional judicial center.
See the April 23 issue of the Custer County Chief for the full details of the Governor's important tour.

April 16th

Nebraska junior Terran Petteway entering NBA draft

April 16, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Terran Petteway, one of the top scorers in the Big Ten the past two seasons, said Thursday he will skip his senior season at Nebraska and declare for the NBA draft.

Petteway was the leading scorer in the Big Ten as a sophomore and ranked fourth this past season. The guard's career average of 18.1 points per game ranks second in program history.

Petteway, who began his college career at Texas Tech, made his announcement from Galveston, Texas, where he was with his family following the death of his mother last week.

Nebraska may repeal death penalty amid drug shortage

April 16, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is considering repealing the death penalty amid a shortage of lethal injection drugs.

A bill to repeal the death penalty won first-round approval from lawmakers Thursday.

Lawmakers advanced the bill 30-13. If that support holds, death penalty opponents would have enough votes to override Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts' promised veto.

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.