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April 15th, 2015
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” 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.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) â€” Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison, officials said Monday.
Phillips' cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison was found lifeless early Saturday and later pronounced dead, prison spokesman Lt. Marshall Denning said in a statement.
Phillips, 39, was once one of the nation's top college football players at Nebraska. He played for the St. Louis Rams, until being released in 1997 for insubordination. He also played for the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.
The Custer County Board of Supervisors take a sneak preview of the new Judicial Center as part of their Tuesday board meeting. See the April 16 issue of The Custer County Chief for the story.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” A proposed gas tax increase advanced to a final vote in the Nebraska Legislature on Monday despite opponents who said the state should find another way to repair roads and bridges.
Lawmakers gave the bill second-round approval Monday with a 27-14 vote after nearly four hours of debate.
One more vote is required before the legislation moves to Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican who strongly opposes the measure. In a statement Monday evening, Ricketts criticized the bill as a "big government solution" and said he intends to veto it if it arrives at his desk.
LINCOLN--Two bills relating to medical marijuana are expected to hit the legislative floor for debate this legislative session.
Legislative Bill 643, introduced by Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue, would allow and regulate marijuana for medical treatment in Nebraska for those with qualifying medical conditions.
"I never thought I would bring this bill," Garrett said. "But I'm convinced that in five years, we'll be calling it the miracle drug."
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” According to the school fight song, there is no place like Nebraska.
Mike Riley had to agree Saturday when he came out of the tunnel and saw 76,881 fans waiting to watch his first Red-White game as the Cornhuskers' coach.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” A dispute over taxes is drawing new attention to an old question that Nebraska lawmakers have to answer every year: Who gets a break, and who has to pay?
The issue surfaced last week as lawmakers debated sales tax exemptions for zoos and an $800,000 property tax break for the Woodmen of the World Insurance Society, a prominent insurance firm in downtown Omaha.
The Custer County 4-H Public Speaking Contest was held on Monday, April 6 at the 4-H Building. Nineteen Custer County 4-H youth ranging in age from 8 to 18 gave speeches in six divisions. Award donors for the contest included Tom & Mary Langrud, Farm Credit Services of America, and the Nebraska Rural Radio Network.
The top three individuals in the Junior Speech, Intermediate Speech, Senior Speech, Junior PSA, Intermediate PSA, and Senior PSA divisions will represent Custer County at a Regional 4-H Public Speaking Contest to be held on Saturday, April 25 in North Platte.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” The annual rite of spring known as Nebraska's Red-White Game takes place Saturday, and the fans' sense of anticipation is heightened because it will be their first look at the Cornhuskers under new coach Mike Riley.
Riley says he is excited, too, because he has never been at a school where a spring game is so celebrated.
As of late in the week, 65,000 tickets had been sold, and the crowd at Memorial Stadium probably will swell to over 70,000 on what's supposed to be a sunny afternoon with temperatures in the 70s.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” A conservative push to require Nebraska lawmakers to disclose how they voted in legislative leadership races was defeated again on Friday, with opponents casting it as an effort to settle political scores.
Supporters argued the measure would have promoted transparency, but opponents called it a back-door attempt to rehash debates over the same issue earlier this year. Lawmakers voted 31-15 to bracket the bill, killing it for the year.