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All Nebraska Disaster Recovery Centers Close May 17

All Nebraska Disaster Recovery Centers Close May 17

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency: “Effective Friday, May 17, all the State of Nebraska and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) will close. There is always help available. After a DRC closes, survivors can still get help by contacting FEMA in these ways: • Call…Read more »

Dragging levee repairs leave riverside communities stressed

Dragging levee repairs leave riverside communities stressed

By JOSH FUNK Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Communities that were flooded when levees failed along the Missouri River earlier this spring will likely remain exposed to high water for months to come, leaving displaced residents wondering when – or if – they will be able to return and rebuild their homes. The U.S.…Read more »

Nebraska farmer amputates leg with knife to escape auger

Nebraska farmer amputates leg with knife to escape auger

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A northeastern Nebraska farmer is recovering after cutting off his own leg with a pocket knife to save himself from a piece of farm equipment he had become caught in. Omaha television station KETV reports that 63-year-old Kurt Kaser, of Pender, was unloading corn last month when he got out of…Read more »

Nebraska zoo’s new tiger kills its new parrot

Nebraska zoo’s new tiger kills its new parrot

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Officials with the Lincoln Children’s Zoo say one of the attraction’s new tigers has killed its nearly-new parrot. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the incident happened Tuesday when a green-winged macaw, which the zoo acquired in November, flew into the zoo’s tiger habitat, which opened to the public last week.…Read more »

Major farm groups oppose Nebraska business tax credit bill

Major farm groups oppose Nebraska business tax credit bill

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Two of Nebraska’s largest farm groups are objecting to a bill that would create new business tax credits to replace the state’s current major incentive program. The Nebraska Farm Bureau and Nebraska Farmers Union say they oppose the bill because lawmakers haven’t yet approved a plan to lower property taxes. The…Read more »

Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office takes part in Click it or Ticket campaign

Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office takes part in Click it or Ticket campaign

KEARNEY, Neb. – The following is from the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office: “The Nebraska Office of Highway Safety has approved the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office for a selective traffic enforcement grant. The grant allows the Sheriff’s Office to utilize extra deputies for participation in the National Click It or Ticket Mobilization. The extra traffic enforcement…Read more »

Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day

Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is from the office of Governor Pete Ricketts: “Governor Pete Ricketts announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day. This guidance is per a White House proclamation issued Friday, May 10, 2019. Flags…Read more »

Federal Disaster Assistance is for Nebraska renters too

Federal Disaster Assistance is for Nebraska renters too

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency: “Renters in Nebraska counties and tribal areas whose homes and property were damaged by the March severe winter storms, straight-line winds and flooding may be eligible for federal disaster assistance. Aid is available to residents of Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass,…Read more »

Nebraska panel advances bill to legalize medicinal marijuana

Nebraska panel advances bill to legalize medicinal marijuana

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A bill to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes in Nebraska has advanced out of a legislative committee. Members of the Judiciary Committee voted 5-1 on Friday to send the measure to the full Legislature for debate. The proposal faces an uphill battle in the Legislature even though its sponsor, Sen. Anna…Read more »

Trump tariff talks drive Nebraska’s $200M export drop

Trump tariff talks drive Nebraska’s $200M export drop

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new report says a nearly $200 million decline in Nebraska’s agricultural exports in 2017 was driven by President Donald Trump’s threats to impose tariffs on U.S. trading partners. The Nebraska Farm Bureau report attributes the drop to decreases in soybean and corn exports, while beef and pork exports both increased in…Read more »