March 16th, 2015
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” A Nebraska law that allows the public to know the names and backgrounds of finalists for top jobs in government is sometimes ignored and frequently challenged, advocates for transparency say.
All efforts to end the disclosure law have failed in the Legislature, but government accountability advocates say they often see a new push for secrecy when a high-profile job comes open.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) â€” Ten health care workers with a Boston-based nonprofit organization responding to Sierra Leone's Ebola outbreak are to be evacuated to the United States after one of their colleagues was infected with the deadly disease.
Partners in Health said in a statement Saturday that the 10, the largest group to be evacuated to the United States over possible Ebola exposure, would travel on non-commercial aircraft and be isolated in Ebola treatment facilities.
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.
Edith Allen passed away March 7, 2015, at Cozad.
Edith was born Feb. 22, 1930, at Callaway, to James and LaVina (Garringer) Elston.
She was raised in Oconto, and graduated from Oconto High School.
Edith taught school for awhile.
December 24, 1954, she married Earl Lou Allen, Sr. Edith and Earl were blessed with six children, James, Earl Jr., Cathy, Jeanne, Vicky and Sherry.
They lived in Plattsmouth, York and Dawson County.
Edith worked as a nurses aid for several years before her husband passed away in 1968.
Kyle L. Pierce, age 19, of Oconto, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Funeral services were Friday, March 6, in the Callaway High School gymnasium with Pastor Larry DeMoss officiating.Â Burial was in the Lodi Cemetery between Oconto and Callaway.Â
Govier Brothers Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be offered to Camp Sonshine â€“ Lincoln, Merritt Lake Retreat â€“ Valentine, or Nebraska Organ Recovery.Â
James (Jim) Cunningham, 64, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Long Beach, Calif.Â
Jim was born March 10, 1950, the third child of Frank P. and Edith F. Cunningham of Broken Bow.Â
He graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1968.
Following graduation, he joined his parents in southern California and took a successful job as a computer programmer.Â In the early 1990s, Jim moved back to Broken Bow and opened a computer store.Â
After several years in Broken Bow, he became an over the road truck driver and subsequently moved back to the Los Angeles area.Â
Shirley Rae Manning, 78, of Glendale, Ariz., born April 25, 1936, at a farm west of Merna, passed away surrounded by the love of her family Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Ariz.
Shirley Rae rejoins her husband, Garold Duane Manning (Oct. 18, 1934-Nov. 29, 2006), whom she married June 16, 1954 in Anselmo. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Pearl (nee Koening) Gehrman of Merna.
Shirley grew up on beautiful farm country in Nebraska until her family settled in Merna by 1949.