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January 2nd, 2015

NPPD end-use customers to see no rate increase in 2015

January 2, 2015

Utilities buying power from NPPD at wholesale to see one half of one percent

Columbus, Neb. – For the second year in a row, retail customers of Nebraska Public Power District will see no increase in their electric rates beginning January 1, 2015; and wholesale utility customers of the District will see an average rate increase of only one-half of one percent. The actual percentage for wholesale customers will vary based upon the utilities’ usage characteristics.

NPPD’s Board of Directors approved the 2015 rates Friday morning during its November meeting.

Contempt order for Nebraska agency upheld

January 2, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A contempt of court order will stand against the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services over its handling of a state ward's foster placement, the Nebraska Supreme Court said Friday.

The court agreed with a juvenile court order, saying that it ensures other state laws governing the foster placement of children and court-designated representatives, also called guardians ad litem, for wards of the state.

Pesticide trainings scheduled for Custer County

January 2, 2015

Private pesticide trainings have been scheduled for farmers and ranchers who need to renew their certified private pesticide applicator’s license or anyone who wants to become certified.

The dates, locations, and times are as follows for 2015:
January 22 at the Community Building in Sargent (1 p.m.),
January 26 at the Community Building in Ansley (7 p.m.),
February 3 at the Senior Center in Callaway (1 p.m.),
February 10 at the 4-H Building in Broken Bow (1 p.m.).

Meet the superintendent candidates for Broken Bow Public Schools

January 2, 2015

The Broken Bow PTA (Parent Teachers Association) is hosting a 'Meet & Greet' for the superintendent candidates for Broken Bow Public Schools in Broken Bow High Schools Media Center.

The Meet & Greets are scheduled from 5- 5:30 p.m. as follows:
Monday, January 5 - Dr. John Weidner, Sr.
Tuesday, January 6 - Mr. Thomas Bailey
Wednesday, January 7 - Dr. Den Schroeder

Riley starts Huskers job without Abdullah, Gregory

January 2, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Bo Pelini era at Nebraska ended the way it started, with every one of his seven years pretty much the same.

The Cornhuskers fell flat in their biggest games again this season and finished 9-4 with a Holiday Bowl loss to Southern California.

Pelini won nine or 10 games every year but always lost at least four. That, along with his volatile personality and inability to get the best out of his teams in the most important games, led athletic director Shawn Eichorst to fire him Nov. 30 and hire Mike Riley away from Oregon State four days later.

December 28th, 2014

Nebraska law enforcement cheers Colorado pot lawsuit

December 28, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Some western Nebraska law enforcement officials are cheering a new state lawsuit that seeks to thwart Colorado's legalization of marijuana, even as Colorado vows to fight it in court.

The petition filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma asks the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that Colorado's Amendment 64 — the legalization measure approved by voters in 2012 — violates the U.S. Constitution because it contradicts federal drug laws that declare marijuana illegal.

December 27th

Southern California Nebraska meet in Holiday Bowl

December 27, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian says he has always been a fan of the Holiday Bowl.

He remembers watching Barry Sanders running wild against Wyoming in 1988 and then BYU's Ty Detmer separating his left shoulder and then his right shoulder against Texas A&M two years later.

Sarkisian said he grew fond of Detmer because of his toughness, and he ended up playing at BYU as well.

December 26th

Nebraska population continues slow growth

December 26, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's population continued to grow steadily this year, but possibly not fast enough for the state to keep all three of its U.S. House seats after the 2020 Census.

The U.S. Census Bureau released new estimates Tuesday showing that Nebraska's population had grown to 1,881,503 by July 1.

The state's population was 0.67 percent higher than the July 2013 estimate of 1,868,969.

The nationwide population grew at a similar 0.7 percent rate to 318,857,056 this year, but other states, particularly in the South and West, grew at a more brisk pace.

Health Cooperative falters

December 26, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federally backed nonprofit health insurer created under the Affordable Care Act has been taken over by Iowa's insurance regulator and will end enrollments amid a financial squeeze, state officials said Wednesday.

Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said the 120,000 members of CoOpportunity Health in Iowa and Nebraska may find it in their best interests to find new carriers by Feb. 15, the deadline for open enrollment for 2015 coverage.

Nebraska Air Guard members going to Middle East

December 26, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nearly 50 members of the Nebraska Air National Guard soon will leave for six months of duty in the Middle East.

A private goodbye ceremony is set for Monday at the Nebraska National Guard's headquarters in Lincoln.

The Lincoln-based airmen are members of the 155th Security Forces Squadron, the 155th Force Support Squadron and the 155th Civil Engineer Squadron.

The National Guard says members from the 155th Operations Group will leave for a one-month mission a few days after Monday's ceremony.

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