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January 6th, 2015

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:


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 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.

CORRECTION: Nebraska lawmakers prepare for busy 2015 session

January 5, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — In a story Jan. 4 about Nebraska's upcoming legislative session, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts will push for both property and income tax reductions this year. A spokesman says Ricketts plans to focus on a property tax reduction, and though he's open to income tax proposals, he doesn't plan to introduce any income tax cut bills.

A corrected version of the story is below:

• Nebraska lawmakers preparing for busy 2015 session

• Property taxes and prisons at forefront of 'big' 2015 legislative session in Nebraska

January 2nd

NPPD end-use customers to see no rate increase in 2015

January 2, 2015

Utilities buying power from NPPD at wholesale to see one half of one percent

Columbus, Neb. – For the second year in a row, retail customers of Nebraska Public Power District will see no increase in their electric rates beginning January 1, 2015; and wholesale utility customers of the District will see an average rate increase of only one-half of one percent. The actual percentage for wholesale customers will vary based upon the utilities’ usage characteristics.

NPPD’s Board of Directors approved the 2015 rates Friday morning during its November meeting.

Contempt order for Nebraska agency upheld

January 2, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A contempt of court order will stand against the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services over its handling of a state ward's foster placement, the Nebraska Supreme Court said Friday.

The court agreed with a juvenile court order, saying that it ensures other state laws governing the foster placement of children and court-designated representatives, also called guardians ad litem, for wards of the state.

Pesticide trainings scheduled for Custer County

January 2, 2015

Private pesticide trainings have been scheduled for farmers and ranchers who need to renew their certified private pesticide applicator’s license or anyone who wants to become certified.

The dates, locations, and times are as follows for 2015:
January 22 at the Community Building in Sargent (1 p.m.),
January 26 at the Community Building in Ansley (7 p.m.),
February 3 at the Senior Center in Callaway (1 p.m.),
February 10 at the 4-H Building in Broken Bow (1 p.m.).

Meet the superintendent candidates for Broken Bow Public Schools

January 2, 2015

The Broken Bow PTA (Parent Teachers Association) is hosting a 'Meet & Greet' for the superintendent candidates for Broken Bow Public Schools in Broken Bow High Schools Media Center.

The Meet & Greets are scheduled from 5- 5:30 p.m. as follows:
Monday, January 5 - Dr. John Weidner, Sr.
Tuesday, January 6 - Mr. Thomas Bailey
Wednesday, January 7 - Dr. Den Schroeder

Riley starts Huskers job without Abdullah, Gregory

January 2, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Bo Pelini era at Nebraska ended the way it started, with every one of his seven years pretty much the same.

The Cornhuskers fell flat in their biggest games again this season and finished 9-4 with a Holiday Bowl loss to Southern California.

Pelini won nine or 10 games every year but always lost at least four. That, along with his volatile personality and inability to get the best out of his teams in the most important games, led athletic director Shawn Eichorst to fire him Nov. 30 and hire Mike Riley away from Oregon State four days later.

December 28th, 2014

Nebraska law enforcement cheers Colorado pot lawsuit

December 28, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Some western Nebraska law enforcement officials are cheering a new state lawsuit that seeks to thwart Colorado's legalization of marijuana, even as Colorado vows to fight it in court.

The petition filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma asks the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that Colorado's Amendment 64 — the legalization measure approved by voters in 2012 — violates the U.S. Constitution because it contradicts federal drug laws that declare marijuana illegal.

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