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May 8th, 2015

Agritourism promotion bill advances in Legislature

May 8, 2015

LINCOLN--Thursday, May 7 brought long awaited hope for supporters of the
Nebraska Agritourism Promotion Act.
The bill, LB 329, introduced by Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala, aims to
encourage people to let others on their land for argitourism purposes and
would limit landowner liability.

After being on the agenda for two weeks, the bill advanced in the
Legislature on a 33-1 vote.

Under the bill, a landowner wouldn't be held liable under certain
situations involving injury or death due to inherent risks, such as
stepping in a hole made by prairie dogs.

Police: Brother of infant found in dumpster still missing

May 8, 2015

LA VISTA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say they have not found the 5-year-old son of a woman whose body was found in southeast Omaha and whose infant brother was found alive in a dumpster near a suburban Omaha apartment complex.

Omaha police Lt. Darci Tierney said Friday that officers are still looking for Josue Ramirez-Marinero, who was the subject of an Amber alert issued Thursday. The vehicle he was believed to be traveling in was found Thursday afternoon in Omaha.

Nebraska taking control of nursing homes run by Utah firm

May 8, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials say they've taken action to protect residents of two nursing homes run by an ailing Utah company.

The office of Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson says a judge in Brown County on Thursday placed Ainsworth Care Center into receivership with Klaasmeyer & Associates in Omaha. A judge in Burt County did the same with Logan Valley Manor in Lyons. Under receivership, Klaasmeyer & Associates will take over management and operation of both homes.

May 7th

Police: Sibling of infant found in dumpster missing

May 7, 2015

LA VISTA, Neb. (AP) — Investigators have confirmed a woman whose body was found in southeast Omaha is the mother of an infant found alive in a dumpster and his brother, who is missing, Omaha police said Thursday.

An Amber alert issued for the older boy, 5-year-old Josue Ramirez-Marinero, has been canceled, though the boy hasn't yet been found and is believed to be in danger. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and sweatpants.

Nebraska Gov. Ricketts vetoes proposed gas tax increase

May 7, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has made good on his promise to veto a proposed 6-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase.

The Republican governor rejected the measure shortly after lawmakers gave it final approval Thursday. Ricketts argues in his veto message that measure contradicts the public's desire for tax relief.

The bill would incrementally raise the tax over four years to help pay for road and bridge repairs, generating an estimated $76 million a year once fully implemented.

Amber alert issued for sibling of infant found in dumpster

May 7, 2015

LA VISTA, Neb. (AP) — Investigators believe a woman whose body was found in southeast Omaha is the mother of an infant found alive in a dumpster and his brother, who is missing, Omaha police said Thursday.

An Amber alert has been issued for the older boy, 5-year-old Josue Ramirez-Marinero, who is believed to be in danger. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and sweatpants and may be traveling in a silver Jeep Cherokee with Nebraska plates SRH941.

May 6th

National Day of Prayer breakfast

May 6, 2015

National Day of Prayer breakfast will be at the Municipal Auditorium in Broken Bow Thursday May 7 at 6:30 AM.
A light breakfast will be served prior to the beginning the service
This is the 64th annual National Day of Prayer.
National Day of Prayer was established by Congress in 1952.

Baccalaureate Services for Broken Bow High Class of 2015

May 6, 2015

Baccalaureate Services for Broken Bow High Class of 2015 is tonight, May 6, at 7 PM. Service will be in the Middle School Auditorium.
Family, friends and the public are invited to attend and support our Seniors.

Baccalaureate is sponsored by the Broken Bow Ministerial Association

Tax credits for Nebraska wind energy stalled by filibuster

May 6, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An effort to attract more wind farms to Nebraska failed on Tuesday after senators derailed a bill that would have provided $75 million in production tax credits for renewable energy.

Conservative senators mounted a filibuster to block the proposal, arguing that the state shouldn't subsidize wind energy.

The bill by Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha would have provided up to $75 million in tax credits over a decade for wind farms. Nordquist agreed to the cap and a December 2021 sunset date for the program to try to win support for the legislation.

Livestock market operation suspends sales for summer

May 6, 2015

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — Officials say Nebraska Livestock Sales of Norfolk has suspended its summer schedule.

Jim Barta owns the operation, and he said Monday that, "due to the declining number of cattle in the area, we are going to go with seasonal sales at the livestock market."

Sales recently were cut to two days a week from three.

In March 2006 the market was sold by the Emrich family and Don Balfany of Norfolk to the Barta family, of Fremont. The Bartas own other livestock markets, including Nebraska Livestock Sales operations in Alma, Blue Hill, Ericson, O'Neill and Tecumseh.

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