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March 7th, 2015

Fiscally conservative Nebraska lawmaker seeks higher gas tax

March 7, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A lawmaker known as a tax-cutting fiscal conservative urged his colleagues Friday to pass a fuel-tax increase to help repair Nebraska's aging roads and bridges.

Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion argued that the phased-in, 6-cent-per-gallon increase would help maintain roads for farmers, truckers and businesses.

"Roads infrastructure supports the commerce of our state and the careers and livelihoods of our citizens," said Smith, a Republican who serves as state head of the conservative American Legislature Exchange Council.

Set your clocks; Daylight savings time set to begin

March 7, 2015

It's time to spring forward this weekend, as the country makes the switch to daylight-saving time.

Like those in almost all other states, Nebraskans will trade an hour of sleep starting Sunday morning for an extra hour of sunlight in the evening.

The government expanded daylight-saving time in 2007 in an effort to save energy. It now begins on the second Sunday in March and continues until the first Sunday in November.

The official change occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, local time, although people often change their clocks before going to bed Saturday night.

March 6th

Accident takes life of Sargent man

March 6, 2015

Richard M. Keefe of Sargent, 71, lost his life March 5, 2015, in a vehicle accident approximately 8.5 miles east of Broken Bow on State Highway 70. Keefe was driving in his 2000 Ford F250 pickup eastbound when his pickup left the highway, struck a cement retaining wall and rolled on its top. Keefe was pronounced dead at the scene. Restraints were not in use. The accident is bding investigated by the Custer County Sheriff's Office and the Nebraska State Patrol.

February 15th

Nebraska bill would change campaign disclosure requirements

February 15, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Politicians who use campaign money illegally could have a harder time hiding their violations under a bill that will go before Nebraska lawmakers this week.

The measure would change a rule that allows candidates and office-holders to self-report the amount of money in their campaign accounts.

Supporters say the bill might have helped officials catch former state Sen. Brenda Council earlier, before she gambled away $63,000 in campaign money. It's set for a hearing Thursday before the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Nebraska debates medical marijuana

February 15, 2015

LINCOLN--Nebraska could join 23 states and the District of Columbia in legalizing forms of marijuana use under proposed legislation.

Two bills dealing with the substance have been introduced and are scheduled for hearings on March 6.

LB 390, introduced by Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue, would create a pilot project allowing the University of Nebraska Medical Center to conduct medical marijuana research for seizure and intractable epilepsy patients.

February 9th

Serenade your Sweetheart Feb. 13

February 9, 2015

Serenade your Sweetheart Feb. 13th with a 'SINGING TELEGRAM!'

Create a lasting memory with by signing up for a 'Singing Telegram'

For $50 send a song,a rose, a cookie and a card to someone special Feb. 13 ($10 for each additional person to serenade) with the proceeds going to the Broken Bow Public Library Building Project.

Call the Broken Bow Public Library at 308-872-2927 prior to Feb. 11 to reserve your time or for additional information.

Open Enrollment ends Feb. 15, 2015

February 9, 2015

Got Health Insurance Yet?

Do you or someone you know need Health Insurance? The Open Enrollment Period to get insurance will end on February 15, 2015. Open Enrollment is the time when you can apply for a new Marketplace plan, keep your current plan, or pick a new one.

Nebraska man's weapon-use conviction, sentence vacated

February 9, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday tossed the conviction and prison sentence of a man accused of shooting into an unoccupied sheriff's cruiser, signaling that prosecutors botched the case by failing to present evidence to support the weapons charge against him and declaring that he could not be tried again.

February 5th

Signing Day-NEBRASKA

February 5, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's recruiting efforts apparently weren't set back by the coaching transition from Bo Pelini to Mike Riley.

Riley was able to retain most of the players who verbally committed to Pelini's staff, and he ended up unveiling a class of 20 on Wednesday.

Big Ten signing day, at a glance

February 5, 2015

A team-by-team glance at the Big Ten's 2015 recruiting class starting with Nebraska:

NEBRASKA

Top 25 Class: No.

Best in class: Eric Lee, CB, Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Best of the rest: Jalin Barnett, OL, Lawton, Okla.; Avery Anderson, CB, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Late addition: Adrienne Talan, LB, Davie, Fla. He was considering Pittsburgh and Temple.

One that got away: Kendall Bussey, RB, New Orleans. He signed with Texas A&M.

ILLINOIS

Top 25 Class: No.
Best in class: Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB, Nashville, Tenn.