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July 14th, 2014
DENVER (AP) â€” Justin Teilhet doesn't remember hearing a boom or feeling a sting, just waking up numb on the treeless tundra high in Rocky Mountain National Park and discovering his good friend was trying to revive his wife.
It was a lightning bolt, he learned later, and it killed his wife and left him with a burn on his shoulder and scrapes on his face when he was knocked to the ground unconscious.
Lightning killed two people last weekend in the popular park, where summer storms can close in quickly with deadly results.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” Nebraska will impose tighter restrictions on tanning beds and novelty lighters this week, and truckers who spill livestock manure in Omaha will have to pay a steeper fine.
The new laws are among 122 set to go into effect on Friday, when the three-month grace period from the end of the legislative session expires.
Many of the laws reflect compromises reached among lawmakers after hours of debate. Senators also approved major legislation to lower taxes and reduce prison crowding, but most of those measures won't come into play until next year.
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) â€” A portion of a downtown Grand Island building has collapsed during a fire.
Authorities say one firefighter suffered minor injuries fighting the blaze, which was reported about 8 p.m. Sunday and extinguished about four hours later. Some firefighters remained on the scene to combat hot spots. The building housed Ron's Transmissions and other businesses.
Fire Chief Cory Schmidt says fire crews and trucks from the Grand Island Rural Fire Department and from Hastings and St. Paul helped his firefighters.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” Tornadoes and thunderstorms that pummeled Nebraska last month caused an estimated $13.2 million in damage to roads, bridges, utilities and other public property, a state emergency spokeswoman said Thursday.
State officials will use the preliminary estimates when applying for federal assistance to cover the damage in 12 counties, said Jodie Fawl, a spokeswoman for the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” Nebraska's surging economy will slow enough this year for the rest of the nation to catch up, a state business council said in a report released Friday.
The Nebraska Business Forecast Council predicts the U.S. economy as a whole will outpace Nebraska's for the remaining months of 2014. Nebraska has enjoyed strong growth in farming and home construction in recent years.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” A central Nebraska cattle rancher has qualified for the November ballot in Nebraska's U.S. Senate race.
The secretary of state's office confirms that Jim Jenkins, an independent, has submitted enough valid signatures to appear on the ballot with Republican Ben Sasse and Democrat Dave Domina.
The candidates are running to replace U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, who isn't seeking re-election.
It was a scam and it was all about money.
A bomb threat was called into Dollar General in Broken Bow earlier today, July 11, closing the store and closing the streets leading into their parking lot.
This is not the first time the chain has been targeted. This was the fifth Nebraska store targeted today. Like threats were received in Ainsworth, O'Neill and two in Omaha in addition to the Broken Bow store.
Custer Co. Sheriff's Office, Broken Bow Police Dept., Broken Bow Fire Dept. and EMT's responded to a possible bomb threat at Dollar General in Broken Bow. Surrounding streets are blocked off and the store is currently closed. The building has been cleared and employees have been allowed back in the building. More information will be added as it becomes available.
LINCOLN â€“ Nebraska voters may get a chance in November to vote on whether the stateâ€™s minimum wage should be increased. Organizers of a petition initiative say they turned in 134,899 signatures to the Secretary of Stateâ€™s office, in hopes of putting the measure on the ballot. If enough signatures are verified, this would be the first petition initiative to be put to voters since 2008.
NEWS RELEASE 6/20/14:
Due to the large number of people who insist on sending donations, a new collection site for material donations has been set up at the Wisner Auditorium. This site will be open from June 22 to July 2. Items will be used by people directly affected by the storm.
Important Notice 6/19/14:
The emergency relief organizations helping with the tornado disasters that struck Nebraska and specifically Pilger, Stanton and surrounding communities thank everyone for their prayers, volunteerism and donations.