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January 24th, 2013

Gun control bills debated in the Judiciary Committee

January 24, 2013

LINCOLN – A lively discussion over gun and ammunition control legislation took place during a Judiciary Committee hearing of the Nebraska Legislature on Jan 23.
 Among the bills discussed was LB50, introduced by Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha. The bill would hold gun owners civilly liable for damages resulting from the unreasonable placement of a firearm where a minor or mentally handicapped individual could get it.
          

January 23rd

Bill could limit federal restrictions on firearms


January 23, 2013

LINCOLN –Nebraska senators introduced more than 80 bills Tuesday, Jan. 22, the ninth day of the 103rd legislative session. The 10-day session of introducing bills will end Wednesday, Jan. 23. Here are some of the day’s highlights.



LB 403: If passed, this bill introduced by Sen. Les Seiler of Hastings would prohibit the sale of novelty lighters in Nebraska. Novelty lighters are defined as nondisposable lighters made to resemble a cartoon character, gun, toy, etc., has flashing lights, plays music or has multiple buttons.  



January 21st

Governor’s plan would end sales tax exemptions for agriculture

January 21, 2013

LINCOLN – State income taxes – both individual and corporate – would be eliminated under a new tax plan outlined by Gov. Dave Heineman on Jan. 18. To make up for lost income tax revenue, the plan would end sales tax exemptions on products from agricultural machinery and chemicals to medicine and medical equipment.

Bill would reduce minors age from 19 to 18

January 21, 2013

LINCOLN - Nebraska lawmakers introduced more than 246 legislative bills by the end of second week of the legislative session, Jan. 17, totaling 401 bills. The lawmakers have until next Thursday to introduce bills. Here are some of the week’s highlights.


LB171: Sponsored by Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins, this bill would expedite the concealed handgun permit process − from 45 days to five days − for applicants who are victims of domestic violence.



January 18th

Broken Bow greets new city administrator

January 18, 2013

Broken Bow’s new City Administrator David Varley and his wife Joanne, were formally welcomed to Broken Bow Monday with a meet and greet at the City Municipal Building.
Both said they are excited to be here, and already feel that Broken Bow is home, the same feeling they got as they walked around the community when they visited for interviews prior to the end of the year.
“We had no qualms about the move,” said Joanne.
“We were first intrigued by the name,” said David. “It sounded like a great community with an interesting history.”

Statistics - - 2012 Police Calls

January 18, 2013

Broken Bow Police Officers answered 2,496 calls in 2012.
The numbers are up, said Police Chief Steve Scott, a lot more time is spent on controlled substance abuse cases and reports of child abuse.
The alertness and the quality of training for the officers contributes to the numbers, Scott added.

BBPD Call Summary
Jan. 1, 2012-Dec. 31, 2012

Accidents - 141
This included 10 with injuries
Assault reports - 12
Agency assists - 188
Burglary reports - 8
Child abuse and/or neglect - 141
Citizen assists - 274

New BBPS principal hired

January 18, 2013

The Broken Bow School Board and administration met in a special meeting Saturday, Jan. 12, for the purpose of interviewing four candidates to fill the high school/middle school principal position vacated by the retirement of Ken Kujath.
As the Chief prepared to go to press it was announced that a contract has been offered and accepted. BBPS Superintendent Mark Sievering issued this statement:

State of the Judiciary address focuses on protecting the vulnerable

January 18, 2013

LINCOLN – Nebraska’s courts helped children last year, but could improve court access by breaking language barriers using technology, said Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican during his State of the Judiciary speech Thursday.

Heavican told lawmakers in the Capitol’s legislative chamber a pilot project in Omaha, North Platte and Scottsbluff to keep children from being jailed while being rehabilitated had higher results than the statewide average. During the first six months of the project, 80 percent completed probation successfully.

January 17th

Ayden's life saved by donated blood

January 17, 2013

MERNA - - Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is an alarming statistic - but we are often inundated with alarming statistics and can tend to become complacent. That all changes when you put a face to the statistic - especially when the face is a sweet 4-year-old boy.

January 16th

PTA launches Box Tops fundraiser

January 16, 2013

With all the talk of violence in our schools, and how to combat that issue, it now seems more important than ever to implement programs both at home and at school to teach kids proper values. That is exactly what the Kids of Character program at the Broken Bow elementary schools is all about.

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