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Nebraska bill would change campaign disclosure requirements

February 15, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Politicians who use campaign money illegally could have a harder time hiding their violations under a bill that will go before Nebraska lawmakers this week.

The measure would change a rule that allows candidates and office-holders to self-report the amount of money in their campaign accounts.

Supporters say the bill might have helped officials catch former state Sen. Brenda Council earlier, before she gambled away $63,000 in campaign money. It's set for a hearing Thursday before the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Nebraska debates medical marijuana

February 15, 2015

LINCOLN--Nebraska could join 23 states and the District of Columbia in legalizing forms of marijuana use under proposed legislation.

Two bills dealing with the substance have been introduced and are scheduled for hearings on March 6.

LB 390, introduced by Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue, would create a pilot project allowing the University of Nebraska Medical Center to conduct medical marijuana research for seizure and intractable epilepsy patients.

Serenade your Sweetheart Feb. 13

February 9, 2015

Serenade your Sweetheart Feb. 13th with a 'SINGING TELEGRAM!'

Create a lasting memory with by signing up for a 'Singing Telegram'

For $50 send a song,a rose, a cookie and a card to someone special Feb. 13 ($10 for each additional person to serenade) with the proceeds going to the Broken Bow Public Library Building Project.

Call the Broken Bow Public Library at 308-872-2927 prior to Feb. 11 to reserve your time or for additional information.

Open Enrollment ends Feb. 15, 2015

February 9, 2015

Got Health Insurance Yet?

Do you or someone you know need Health Insurance? The Open Enrollment Period to get insurance will end on February 15, 2015. Open Enrollment is the time when you can apply for a new Marketplace plan, keep your current plan, or pick a new one.

Nebraska man's weapon-use conviction, sentence vacated

February 9, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday tossed the conviction and prison sentence of a man accused of shooting into an unoccupied sheriff's cruiser, signaling that prosecutors botched the case by failing to present evidence to support the weapons charge against him and declaring that he could not be tried again.

Signing Day-NEBRASKA

February 5, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's recruiting efforts apparently weren't set back by the coaching transition from Bo Pelini to Mike Riley.

Riley was able to retain most of the players who verbally committed to Pelini's staff, and he ended up unveiling a class of 20 on Wednesday.

Big Ten signing day, at a glance

February 5, 2015

A team-by-team glance at the Big Ten's 2015 recruiting class starting with Nebraska:

NEBRASKA

Top 25 Class: No.

Best in class: Eric Lee, CB, Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Best of the rest: Jalin Barnett, OL, Lawton, Okla.; Avery Anderson, CB, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Late addition: Adrienne Talan, LB, Davie, Fla. He was considering Pittsburgh and Temple.

One that got away: Kendall Bussey, RB, New Orleans. He signed with Texas A&M.

ILLINOIS

Top 25 Class: No.
Best in class: Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB, Nashville, Tenn.

Troopers Escape Injury after Shots Fired at Patrol Car

February 5, 2015

Omaha, Neb.)- Two Nebraska State Patrol troopers escaped injury and two people were taken into custody after shots were fired at their patrol car during an attempted traffic stop in Omaha.

Winter Weather Advisory

February 3, 2015

A winter weather advisory remains in effect from 10 p.m. this evening until noon Wednesday.

• TIMING - snow is expected to develop across the Panhandle and Western Sandhills late this evening spreading east overnight. the snow will diminish and end by Wednesday afternoon.
• ACCUMLATION - Expect snow accumulations to be from 2-6 inches.
• WIND - North to Northeast winds will increase to 15-25 mph late tonight and continue into Wednesday.
• IMPACTS - The combination of snow and blowing snow will cause travel difficulties across the advisory area.

Opponents push for repeal of Nebraska prairie dog law

February 3, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska wildlife advocates and a farmers group asked lawmakers Tuesday to repeal a law designed to limit the spread of black-tailed prairie dogs, a critical native species that some ranchers view as pests.

Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha presented his repeal measure to the Legislature's Agriculture Committee, saying the current law is too vague and runs afoul of property rights.

Nebraska groundwater report says some levels up, some down

February 3, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The 2012-2013 drought was still lowering groundwater levels in some parts of Nebraska last year, but a new report also said levels have been rising elsewhere in the state.

In spring 2013 some areas had wells with record declines of almost 25 feet since spring 2012. Several southeast Nebraska wells had declines of five feet.

Bills introduced to strengthen Nebraska breweries

February 3, 2015

LINCOLN--A state senator wants to give craft breweries in Nebraska tax cuts and retail access, assuming the moves will lead to economic prosperity and tourism opportunities in Nebraska.

Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala introduced LB204 and LB486. Each was discussed at a public hearing in front of the General Affairs Committee Monday.

SCAM ALERT: Businesses beware

February 2, 2015

Phishing Scam Spoofs BBB Questionnaire;
Businesses Warned Not to Click
Domain Name BBBL.org is NOT a BBB Website

Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning businesses not to click on an email that claims to be a "BBB SBQ" (standard business questionnaire). The email was sent out this morning to what is believed to be tens of thousands of businesses across the country.

Snow updates from across the Midwest

February 2, 2015

Northeast deals with fresh snow after Midwest gets blanketed

BOSTON (AP) — Another winter storm inflicted fresh misery on the Northeast on Monday, causing the cancellation of flights, classes and major court cases a day after it dumped up to a foot-and-a-half of snow on the Chicago area and blanketed much of the Plains and Midwest.

Here's how the storm is playing out:

MESSY COMMUTE

Measles cases showing up in Nebraska

February 2, 2015

Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services received reports of two confirmed measles cases in eastern Nebraska within in the last week. Both cases are in the Three Rivers Public Health Department District that covers Washington, Dodge and Saunders counties. One of the cases is linked to the Disneyland measles outbreak.

“Measles is a highly contagious disease and it is possible we will see additional cases in Nebraska,” said Dr. Joseph Acierno, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for DHHS.

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