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April 6th, 2015

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.

Court rules against home-school mom

April 6, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday that a juvenile court judge had the right to order a mother not to home-school her young daughter, based on the recommendation of child welfare officials and the mother's history of abusive child discipline tactics.

The mother, listed only as "Angel B." in the opinion, had appealed the Lancaster County Juvenile Court's order last summer keeping her from home-schooling her 6-year-old daughter and requiring her to enroll the girl in a school approved by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services until further notice.

UPDATE: Death toll rises to 4 in 3-vehicle collision near Valley

April 6, 2015

VALLEY, Neb. (AP) — Four people died after a pickup didn't halt at a stop sign and rammed into the side of another vehicle in eastern Nebraska, authorities said Monday.

Three vehicles were involved in the accident that occurred around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, about three miles north-northeast of Valley, at the intersection of Nebraska Highway 36 and 252nd Street.

March 31st

After volatility of Nebraska, Pelini finds comfort at home in Youngstown, Ohio

March 31, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The heroes of northeast Ohio cover the walls at the most popular Italian restaurant in Bo Pelini's hometown.

Bernie Kosar's No. 19 Cleveland Browns jersey next to the door that leads to the kitchen. The photograph behind the bar of Ron Jaworski, the former Youngstown State quarterback who took the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl.

5 US aid workers monitored for Ebola in Nebraska released

March 31, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — All five American aid workers being monitored in Nebraska for exposure to Ebola have completed their quarantine periods free from symptoms of the deadly virus.

Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson said Tuesday that four of the individuals who were brought to Omaha earlier this month for monitoring have left the area. The fifth, who developed a heart problem Saturday and required CPR, has now been discharged from the hospital and will soon leave Omaha.

Nebraska lawmakers spar over feedlot permits

March 31, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers will continue to clash on whether the state or counties should set policies to help develop agriculture.

The Legislature sparred Tuesday over a measure that would create statewide standards for livestock producers trying to obtain permits.

Advocates say the bill encourages growth in the Nebraska's top industry by simplifying the permit process for new or expanding operations. But opponents say a "state-down" approach discredits county boards' knowledge of local community needs.

Runza sponsors TeamMates fundraiser

March 31, 2015

Once again, Runza of Broken Bow is sponsoring a fundraiser for its youth. Across Nebraska and Iowa, including Runza of Broken Bow, if you eat at Runza today, March 31 between 10 am and 9 p.m., Runza will donate 10 percent of its profits to the youth mentoring organization.

The effort is part of Runza's belief that it takes more than food to serve a community. Seventy-six Runza locations are participating in TeamMates Day.

March 30th

Person monitored for Ebola given CPR while jogging

March 30, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — One of the five American aid workers being monitored in Nebraska for exposure to Ebola developed a heart problem while jogging Saturday and needed CPR from a bystander.

The Nebraska Medical Center said the individual was in stable condition Sunday, and an infectious disease expert at the hospital said the unusual situation didn't represent a health risk to people treating the individual or the public.

Highway 92 project - Arnold East launches April 6

March 30, 2015

According to the Nebraska Department of Roads, construction will start April 6 on Highway 92 between RP 259+19 and RP 265+40. The work will include cold-in-place recycling, asphalt milling, asphalt surfacing, grading and drainage structures.

Traffic during construction will be reduced to one lane and controlled with flaggers and a pilot car during daytime hours only.

Some delays should be expected. Please travel safely.

Nebraska lawmakers still sorting property tax options

March 30, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — With the session more than half finished, Nebraska lawmakers are still sorting through ways to lower property taxes while balancing the state budget.

Bills slated for debate include personal property tax legislation to benefit businesses and a $45 million annual increase for the state property tax credit fund, which reduces the amount property owners must pay.

Some say the state can and should do more, but others are tamping down expectations that other property tax measures will be approved this year.

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