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February 3rd, 2015

Bills introduced to strengthen Nebraska breweries

February 3, 2015

LINCOLN--A state senator wants to give craft breweries in Nebraska tax cuts and retail access, assuming the moves will lead to economic prosperity and tourism opportunities in Nebraska.

Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala introduced LB204 and LB486. Each was discussed at a public hearing in front of the General Affairs Committee Monday.

February 2nd

SCAM ALERT: Businesses beware

February 2, 2015

Phishing Scam Spoofs BBB Questionnaire;
Businesses Warned Not to Click
Domain Name BBBL.org is NOT a BBB Website

Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning businesses not to click on an email that claims to be a "BBB SBQ" (standard business questionnaire). The email was sent out this morning to what is believed to be tens of thousands of businesses across the country.

Snow updates from across the Midwest

February 2, 2015

Northeast deals with fresh snow after Midwest gets blanketed

BOSTON (AP) — Another winter storm inflicted fresh misery on the Northeast on Monday, causing the cancellation of flights, classes and major court cases a day after it dumped up to a foot-and-a-half of snow on the Chicago area and blanketed much of the Plains and Midwest.

Here's how the storm is playing out:

MESSY COMMUTE

Measles cases showing up in Nebraska

February 2, 2015

Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services received reports of two confirmed measles cases in eastern Nebraska within in the last week. Both cases are in the Three Rivers Public Health Department District that covers Washington, Dodge and Saunders counties. One of the cases is linked to the Disneyland measles outbreak.

“Measles is a highly contagious disease and it is possible we will see additional cases in Nebraska,” said Dr. Joseph Acierno, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for DHHS.

Nebraska won't allow counties to decide own marriage license fee

February 2, 2015

LINCOLN--State senators wrangled over a bill Jan. 30 that was proposed to raise Nebraska marriage license fees from $15 to $50.

LB88, introduced by Sen. Kathy Campbell of Lincoln, faced numerous floor amendments that were proposed for alternatives to the increase.

Nebraska is one of 30 states and provinces, including Washington D.C., that doesn't allow counties to determine their own marriage license fees. Sen. Bill Kintner of Papilliion offered, but later withdrew, an amendment that would've allowed counties to set marriage license fees between $30 and $50.

January 31st

Up to foot of snow possible for Midwest, Northeast

January 31, 2015

A storm gathering steam over the southern Rockies is expected to dump up to a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest and perhaps even more on Boston, which is still recovering from a winter walloping it received just a few days ago. It's also bad news for those planning to drive to Super Bowl parties.

Here's the outlook:

THE STORM

Help wanted in locating suspect

January 31, 2015

(Omaha, Neb.)- The Nebraska State Patrol is asking for the public’s help in locating an Omaha man wanted for Felony Forgery and Felony Flight to Avoid Arrest.

Authorities are looking for Frank V. Sadecki, 30, a white male, 6-2, 180 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes.

Sadecki fled from a home in the Kingswood neighborhood of Millard, south of Center Street and west of 132nd as authorities served a search warrant early this afternoon, Friday, January 30. The warrant was served by the Nebraska State Patrol, assisted by the Omaha Police, and the Secret Service.

January 26th

Legislature proposes numerous property tax bills

January 26, 2015

LINCOLN--Gov. Pete Ricketts and state lawmakers seem to agree that addressing property tax issues are priority, and they'll have plenty of options to choose from based on the legislative bills introduced.

The state does not levy property taxes, which primarily support public schools and local government. But as farmland values have increased, rural taxpayers in particular have expressed widespread concern about the impact of those taxes.

Here is a compilation of notable property tax-related bills that have been introduced in the 104th Legislature.

Nebraska businesses reminded due reports by April 1

January 26, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials are reminding various businesses about a spring deadline to file required annual and biennial reports.

Limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships and nonprofit corporations have until April 1 to file the paperwork. The businesses could be administratively dissolved if the deadline isn't made, which affects liability protection and credit worthiness.

By law, those that do not meet the deadline and pay the appropriate fee will be administratively dissolved.

Tour de Nebraska to visit Broken Bow

January 26, 2015

28th annual Tour de Nebraska Bicycle Tour is June 17-21, 2015; Will Visit Ravenna, St. Paul, Ord, Burwell and Broken Bow!

LINCOLN – The 28th annual 5-day Tour de Nebraska bicycle adventure will head to beautiful north central Nebraska on its 293-mile round trip journey, June 17-21, 2015. Approximately 250 cyclists will leave Ravenna on Wednesday, June 17 and camp overnight in St. Paul, Ord, Burwell and Broken Bow.

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