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March 15th, 2015
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” A sharp decline in the number of Nebraska dairy farms while neighboring states prosper is driven by inconsistent local zoning regulations, some county officials say, and a measure moving through the Legislature aims to rectify the issue with a mandatory set of standards.
(Lincoln, Neb.)- Reducing the potential for alcohol related crashes by cracking down on impaired driving is the focus of a special St. Patrickâ€™s Day special enforcement effort conducted by the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP).
Troopers and communication specialists with NSP will put in overtime hours on St. Patrickâ€™s Day, Tuesday, March 17 in an effort to gain voluntary compliance with all traffic safety laws as they work to keep Nebraska roads safe. The overtime funding is provided thanks in part to a $5,367.50 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).
As the weather warms and potentially drier conditions occur in Nebraska, the State Fire Marshal reminds Nebraskans of the potential for wildfires. A lack of moisture, high winds, and a failure of individuals to exercise caution with regard to the fire danger potential is a combination for disaster and an area of concern for Nebraska Fire Service.
Ricketts to travel state for Nebraska ag week tour
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is set to travel the state as part of a National Ag Week tour.
Ricketts will visit Omaha, Broken Bow North Platte and Seward on Monday for various events.
The tour includes stops at commodity-processing facility in Omaha; a lunch with farmers, ranchers and agribusiness representatives in Broken Bow; his monthly call-in show in North Platte; and an agriculture banquet in Seward.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” A bill that would have imposed a sales tax on Nebraska farmland to pay for property tax relief has stalled in a legislative committee.
The Revenue Committee voted 5-1 against the measure on Monday, with two senators abstaining. Committee members are sorting through various proposals designed to lower property taxes.
The legislation by Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus would have generated nearly $82 million in the next fiscal year. Virtually all of that money would go into a property tax credit fund for owners of agricultural land.
THEDFORD, Neb. (AP) â€” Some Nebraska ranchers remain uneasy about a high-voltage power line that is planned to cross part of the state's environmentally sensitive Sandhills region.
Rancher Dan Welch tells the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1HhRX64) the project will harm sensitive wildlife areas, create erosion in the sandy soil and scar the landscape with access roads.
But the Nebraska Public Power District says the new line's route is designed to minimize the effect on the Sandhills.
Plus, utility officials say the line will improve reliability and help wind power development.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” New Nebraska football coach Mike Riley started building the foundation for the Cornhuskers future on Saturday. He also spent some of the first spring practice acknowledging the program's past.
Riley split the team into two groups for separate 90-minute workouts so he could better evaluate the personnel he inherited from former coach Bo Pelini.
"I liked the enthusiasm for the work as much as anything," Riley said. "Some of it looked a little bit like football from time to time, and we'll keep working on that part."
By Kelli Rollin, Nebraska News Service
LINCOLN--A few word changes could make a big difference under a proposed bill.
LB 307, introduced by Sen. Rick Kolowski of Omaha, would increase penalties for domestic violence offenders and redefine stalking.
Kolowski said he wants to equalize punishments with this bill. Currently, first degree assault of a stranger holds harsher penalties than first degree assault of a family member. Also under the bill, stalking would include the use of technological devices.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” A lawmaker known as a tax-cutting fiscal conservative urged his colleagues Friday to pass a fuel-tax increase to help repair Nebraska's aging roads and bridges.
Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion argued that the phased-in, 6-cent-per-gallon increase would help maintain roads for farmers, truckers and businesses.
"Roads infrastructure supports the commerce of our state and the careers and livelihoods of our citizens," said Smith, a Republican who serves as state head of the conservative American Legislature Exchange Council.
It's time to spring forward this weekend, as the country makes the switch to daylight-saving time.
Like those in almost all other states, Nebraskans will trade an hour of sleep starting Sunday morning for an extra hour of sunlight in the evening.
The government expanded daylight-saving time in 2007 in an effort to save energy. It now begins on the second Sunday in March and continues until the first Sunday in November.
The official change occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, local time, although people often change their clocks before going to bed Saturday night.