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January 9th, 2015

Bailey selected as new BBPS Superintendent

January 9, 2015

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.

Nebraska high court tosses suit over Keystone pipeline route

January 9, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — 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.

January 8th

BBPS to swear in new school board members

January 8, 2015

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.

Nebraska Court could hold up Keystone Pipeline

January 8, 2015

SENATE SAYS YES DESPITE VETO THREAT

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

NE Lawmakers chose committee chairs

January 8, 2015

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.

January 6th

Broken Bow City Council schedules special meeting

January 6, 2015

Notice was received this afternoon of a special meeting of the Broken Bow Mayor and City Council of the city of Broken Bow, set for this afternoon, Jan. 6, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building. The lone agenda item is compensation for Dr. Virginia Moon. The public is invited to attend.

White House says it will veto bill to approve oil pipeline

January 6, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto the first piece of legislation introduced in the Republican-controlled Senate, a bill approving the much-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, in what was expected to be the first of many confrontations over energy and environmental policy.

Hours after supporters of the bipartisan bill, which is sponsored by all 54 Senate Republicans and six Democrats, announced its introduction, the White House said for the first time that President Barack Obama would veto it.

Things to know about the 2015 Nebraska legislative session

January 6, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new Nebraska Legislature will kick off its 90-day session, during which it is expected to debate property taxes, prisons and the state budget, among other things.

Eighteen new senators will take their seats for the first time Wednesday, and Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts will be sworn into office the following day.

Some key things to know about this year:

TERM LIMITS, TURNOVER

January 5th

Winter storm expected to bring snow to Nebraska, Iowa

January 5, 2015

A winter storm system moving through the Midwest is expected to bring snow and cold temperatures to parts of Nebraska and Iowa.

In central Nebraska, expect a high of 28 degrees Monday, but with a feel of closer to 5 degrees. The recorded high for January 5 was 68 degrees in 2012 and -17 degrees in 1942.

The National Weather Service says the system will affect northeast Nebraska and western, central and northern Iowa on Monday. The system is expected to pass through Nebraska by Monday afternoon. Parts of Iowa will be affected through early Tuesday.

Liability concerns prompt some cities to limit sledding

January 5, 2015

Editor's Note: In central Nebraska we still know how to have fun in the snow! Please send your best 'Fun in the Snow' pics to chiefnews@custercountychief.com. Thanks

Select cities close their sledding hills

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As anyone who has grown up around snow knows, part of the fun of sledding is the risk of soaring off a jump or careening around a tree.

But faced with the potential bill from sledding injuries, some cities have opted to close hills rather than risk large liability claims.

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