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Nebraska abolishes death penalty in landmark override vote

May 27, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday over the governor's objections in a move pushed through the Legislature with unusual backing from conservatives who oppose capital punishment.

Senators in the one-house Legislature voted 30-19 to override Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican who supports the death penalty. The vote makes Nebraska the first traditionally conservative state to eliminate the punishment since North Dakota in 1973.

Nebraska joins 18 other states and the District of Columbia in banning the ultimate punishment.

Death Penalty Veto and the Override Vote Planned for Wednesday

May 27, 2015

LINCOLN-- State senators will be faced with yet another
historic vote Wednesday afternoon: whether or not to uphold their original vote on LB 268 and override the governor's veto of the bill repealing the death penalty in Nebraska.
Gov. Pete Ricketts officially vetoed LB 268, originally
introduced by Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, Tuesday afternoon.
"Repealing the death penalty sends the wrong message to
Nebraskans who overwhelming support capital punishment and look to government to strengthen public safety, not weaken it," Ricketts said.

Ricketts vetoes bill to abolish Nebraska's death penalty

May 26, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts vetoed a bill Tuesday that would make Nebraska the first traditionally conservative state in more than four decades to abolish the death penalty, sending it back to lawmakers who will attempt an override.

Nebraska lawmakers passed the bill last week with a veto-proof, 32-15 majority. At least 30 senators are needed to override the Ricketts' veto, but the Republican governor has been talking to individual senators to try to weaken the support.

Unclaimed Photographs

May 26, 2015

Unclaimed Photographs are pictures that have been dropped off at the office to be used in the paper and never picked up. The back of the above picture has the name Trena Lewis written on it. If you know the people in the above picture, call them to see if they would like to come and get it in our office. If you have a picture that you have dropped off and never picked up, stop by the office to look through our unclaimed basket.

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Nebraska pilot's remains found in Germany, Pentagon says

May 26, 2015

ELK CREEK, Neb. (AP) — The Pentagon says the remains of a Nebraska fighter pilot missing since World War II have been found in Germany.

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Friday that the remains of U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Alvin Beethe, of Elk Creek, will be laid to rest on June 8 in Arlington National Cemetery outside the nation's capital.

Officials say Beethe was flying a P-38 Lightning during a mission on Nov. 26, 1944, when it crashed near Morschenich, Germany. He was reported as killed in action.

5th Avenue Open House

May 21, 2015

Broken Bow, NE, May 20, 2015– The City of Broken Bow invites the public to an Open House regarding the 5th Avenue Project. The Open House will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the City Auditorium.
During the Open House the items that will be discussed are location of trash cans, mailboxes, parking, timeframes, and accessibility to your property during construction on 5th Avenue. City Staff, Myers Construction, and JEO Consulting Group, Inc. will be available during this time to answer any questions.

North Park Perfect Attendence Awards

May 20, 2015

North Park School in Broken Bow gave out perfect attendance awards for the 2014-2015 school year.
Pictured are Zakary Crawford, Shaun Crawford, Ty Royle, Kaytee Crawford, Cara Royle, Keelyn Shea, Maddie Diederichs, Noah Osmond, Tyson Neely, Coy Wardyn and Austin Fox

Friday May 22 is the deadline for May 28 issue of the Custer County Chief

May 20, 2015

There is an early deadline for the May 28th issue of the Custer County Chief. The deadline to make it in this paper is Friday May 22 at noon.
The Chief office will be closed on Memorial Day Monday May 25.

Glendy fills vacant Broken Bow School Board seat

May 19, 2015

The Broken Bow School Board tapped David Glendy Monday evening to fill a seat vacated by the resignation of Michelle Zlomke. Following a split 3-2 vote, Glendy signed his oath of office and took his seat at the table. Details follow in this week's Custer County Chief.

Broken Bow Library unveils new video

May 19, 2015

The city of Broken Bow is pleased to announce that the Broken Bow Library capital campaign video is complete. The Library staff, board, and steering committee worked with Mitch Hunt with Huntrex, LLC to produce this remarkable video. Click on the attached video to see more about the Broken Bow Public Library. https://youtu.be/j3KpIhw6to8

To learn more about the Broken Bow Library Expansion, please contact Joan at (308) 872-2927 or email at bbpl@kdsi.net

Wrestler who lost his leg after car crash hopes to recover

May 18, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska high school wrestling champion who lost his left leg after a car accident this spring is looking forward to his recovery and attending the University of Wyoming in the fall.

But first Doyle Trout graduated from Centennial High School Saturday afternoon and received a standing ovation as he received his diploma.

The four-time Nebraska state champion told the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1QUrhgG ) he's been overwhelmed by all the support he has received since the April 5 accident and hasn't even had time to read all the letters.

2 Marines with Nebraska ties die in Nepal helicopter crash

May 18, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two U.S. Marines with Nebraska ties were among the six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers killed last week in a helicopter crash in Nepal. On Sunday, the Defense Department identified all the Marines killed in Tuesday's crash.

One of the pilots, Capt. Dustin Lukasiewicz, grew up in Wilcox, Nebraska, before joining the Marines.

Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug was working as a videographer onboard the flight delivering supplies to earthquake victims. Hug is an Arizona native, but several of his family members live in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska.

Second arrest made in case of slain mother, missing son

May 9, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha authorities say they've made a second arrest in a homicide case involving a woman who was found dead after her baby was discovered alive in a trash container. The search continues for her missing 5-year-old son.

Omaha police say they've charged 24-year-old Gabriela Guevara as an accessory to homicide.

FDA unaware of listeria in Blue Bell plant before outbreak

May 8, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials said Friday that they were never told of repeated findings of listeria at a Blue Bell Creameries facility before an outbreak linked to the ice cream turned deadly.

Results of a Food and Drug Administration investigation released this week showed the company had found 17 positive samples of listeria on surfaces and floors in its Oklahoma plant dating back to 2013. The FDA said Friday that it "was not aware of these findings" before doing its own inspection this year.

Police: Man admits role in mom's death; 5-year-old missing

May 8, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man walked into an Omaha jail and told staffers that he was involved in his mother's death, police said Friday as officers searched a river and its banks for the woman's missing 5-year-old son.

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