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April 10th, 2015

Custer County 4-H Public Speaking Contest winners announced

April 10, 2015

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.

Riley won't reveal a lot of offense in Huskers' spring game

April 10, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — 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.

Lawmakers reject bill to make leadership votes public

April 10, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — 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.

April 7th

Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame inductees for 2015

April 7, 2015

LINCOLN - Eleven athletes, four coaches, one official and two contributors have been selected to enter the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame, including Dan Brost of Mullen, Silver Anniversary Team - Mullen Football/Wrestling, former Custer County Chief Sports Editor Bob Jensen as the ounder and publisher of the Huskerland Prep Report.

They will be inducted at the Hall's annual induction ceremony Oct. 4 at Lincoln East High School. The reception begins at noon with the ceremony starting at 1:30 p.m.

UPDATE: Small plane crashes after NCAA title game, killing ISU coach

April 7, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A private plane returning from the NCAA basketball tournament in Indianapolis crashed in a central Illinois field on Tuesday, killing all seven people on board, including Illinois State University's associate head basketball coach and a deputy athletics director.

Rescue personnel found no survivors at the site near the city of Bloomington, and a coroner pronounced the seven occupants dead, McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage said at a news conference. The plane went down in a soybean field 2 1/2 miles from the Bloomington airport.

Drought expands across U.S.

April 7, 2015

Drought expands across large section of nation's crop region

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drought conditions expanded last month amid weather that was warmer and drier across much of the western U.S., but spring rain in the agricultural Midwest could improve conditions for farmers preparing for the corn and soybean growing season.

Driver killed, passenger hurt in central Nebraska crash

April 7, 2015

LOUP CITY, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 26-year-old driver has been killed and his passenger injured during a rollover crash in central Nebraska.

The Sherman County Sheriff's Office says the accident occurred around 5 p.m. Sunday on a county road about four miles north of Loup City. Robert Evans, of Loup City, was driving north when he lost control of his vehicle and it rolled, ejecting him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His passenger was 22-year-old Amanda Johnson, also of Loup City. She was taken to a Kearney hospital.

SCAM ALERT: Public beware

April 7, 2015

Electric bill phone scam continues in state;
NPPD warns customers not to fall for demands

Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District officials are keeping a watchful eye on continued attempts by individuals contacting utility customers and businesses demanding that they pay their electric bill or face shutoff within 20 minutes.

April 6th

Public encourgaed to report Whooping Crane sightings.

April 6, 2015

LINCOLN – The entire population of whooping cranes in the Central Flyway is expected to migrate through Nebraska over the next several weeks. Conservation entities encourage the public to report whooping crane sightings.

Information on sightings is used individually and collectively by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Crane Trust and the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program to positively affect whooping crane conservation and recovery efforts.

Bill aims to keep American Indian children with families

April 6, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — While applying for her driver's license at age 16, Karen Hardenbrook saw her birth certificate and learned what her adoptive parents from Broken Bow never told her: she was born in Winnebago and her mother was a member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. As a baby, the state removed her from her biological grandmother's crowded home on the reservation.

Today Hardenbrook, 57, lives on the Omaha Reservation in Walthill. She's an enrolled member but at times still feels like an outsider.