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May 8th, 2015

Agritourism promotion bill advances in Legislature

May 8, 2015

LINCOLN--Thursday, May 7 brought long awaited hope for supporters of the
Nebraska Agritourism Promotion Act.
The bill, LB 329, introduced by Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala, aims to
encourage people to let others on their land for argitourism purposes and
would limit landowner liability.

After being on the agenda for two weeks, the bill advanced in the
Legislature on a 33-1 vote.

Under the bill, a landowner wouldn't be held liable under certain
situations involving injury or death due to inherent risks, such as
stepping in a hole made by prairie dogs.

Police: Brother of infant found in dumpster still missing

May 8, 2015

LA VISTA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say they have not found the 5-year-old son of a woman whose body was found in southeast Omaha and whose infant brother was found alive in a dumpster near a suburban Omaha apartment complex.

Omaha police Lt. Darci Tierney said Friday that officers are still looking for Josue Ramirez-Marinero, who was the subject of an Amber alert issued Thursday. The vehicle he was believed to be traveling in was found Thursday afternoon in Omaha.

With water gone, Purdue-Nebraska is set for Haymarket Park

May 8, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will be able to play its baseball series against Purdue at Haymarket Park in Lincoln after all.

The athletic department announced Friday that the three-game series would start Saturday at 12:05 p.m. That's two hours earlier than originally scheduled. The game was moved up because of a forecast calling for rain.

Officials said Thursday it would be doubtful the series could be played at Haymarket because of an 8-inch rain that left the field under water. Coach Darin Erstad and his staff looked for an alternate site for Saturday.

Nebraska taking control of nursing homes run by Utah firm

May 8, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials say they've taken action to protect residents of two nursing homes run by an ailing Utah company.

The office of Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson says a judge in Brown County on Thursday placed Ainsworth Care Center into receivership with Klaasmeyer & Associates in Omaha. A judge in Burt County did the same with Logan Valley Manor in Lyons. Under receivership, Klaasmeyer & Associates will take over management and operation of both homes.

May 7th

Police: Sibling of infant found in dumpster missing

May 7, 2015

LA VISTA, Neb. (AP) — Investigators have confirmed a woman whose body was found in southeast Omaha is the mother of an infant found alive in a dumpster and his brother, who is missing, Omaha police said Thursday.

An Amber alert issued for the older boy, 5-year-old Josue Ramirez-Marinero, has been canceled, though the boy hasn't yet been found and is believed to be in danger. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and sweatpants.

Nebraska Gov. Ricketts vetoes proposed gas tax increase

May 7, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has made good on his promise to veto a proposed 6-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase.

The Republican governor rejected the measure shortly after lawmakers gave it final approval Thursday. Ricketts argues in his veto message that measure contradicts the public's desire for tax relief.

The bill would incrementally raise the tax over four years to help pay for road and bridge repairs, generating an estimated $76 million a year once fully implemented.

Nebraska guard Tarin Smith transferring to Duquesne

May 7, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nebraska guard Tarin Smith is transferring to Duquesne.

Coach Jim Ferry announced Wednesday that Smith has signed a financial aid agreement and will be with the team this fall. Smith must sit out the 2015-16 season per NCAA transfer rules. He will have three seasons of eligibility with the Dukes.

Smith averaged 4.5 points and 1.6 rebounds in 2014-15 for the Cornhuskers and was one of only four players to see action in each of Nebraska's 31 games.

Amber alert issued for sibling of infant found in dumpster

May 7, 2015

LA VISTA, Neb. (AP) — Investigators believe a woman whose body was found in southeast Omaha is the mother of an infant found alive in a dumpster and his brother, who is missing, Omaha police said Thursday.

An Amber alert has been issued for the older boy, 5-year-old Josue Ramirez-Marinero, who is believed to be in danger. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and sweatpants and may be traveling in a silver Jeep Cherokee with Nebraska plates SRH941.

May 6th

Bertini Joyner Talbot

May 6, 2015

Memorial services remembering Bertini Joyner Talbot will be at the First Presbyterian Church in Broken Bow Monday, May 18, at 11:30 a.m.

The family would like to invite everyone to join them for a luncheon in the church basement following the services.

Tyler James Vanderheiden, 20

May 6, 2015

Tyler James Vanderheiden died May 2, 2015, in North Platte, at the age of 20.

Tyler is survived by his parents, Tim and Shannon Vanderheiden; sister, Sydney Vanderheiden; brother, Will Vanderheiden of North Platte; grandparents Derrill and Belinda Larrimore and Doug and Betsy Walker of Jackson, Ala.

He is preceded in death by grandparents, Don and Donna Vanderheiden of Broken Bow; and grandfather, Johnny James of Coffeeville, Ala.

Tyler was born March 28, 1995, in Mobile, Ala.

He graduated from North Platte High School in 2013.

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