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State gives $3M to help with housing after spring flooding

State gives $3M to help with housing after spring flooding

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The state of Nebraska has approved $3 million in grants to help communities recover from flooding in the spring and rebuild housing. Six Nebraska communities will each receive $500,000 to help with projects related to housing. They are Nebraska City, Fremont, Peru, Lynch, Wood River and Pierce County. The money will…Read more »

Nebraska property tax ballot drive gains steam, donations

Nebraska property tax ballot drive gains steam, donations

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A petition drive for a measure that seeks to lower Nebraska property taxes by sharply cutting state revenue is gaining steam and donations despite concerns from some groups that it would force lawmakers to raise other taxes and cut state services. The petition group TRUE Nebraskans now has more than 200…Read more »

Nebraska tax collections above projections in August

Nebraska tax collections above projections in August

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska state government collected more tax revenue than expected in August. The state Department of Revenue announced Friday that the state received a net total of $462 million last month, which is nearly 5% higher than its official forecast of $441 million. The department says net sales-and-use and miscellaneous taxes came…Read more »

I-80 traffic stops yield more than 200 lbs of marijuana

I-80 traffic stops yield more than 200 lbs of marijuana

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska State Patrol says two traffic stops on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska turned up more than 200 pounds of marijuana and other drugs. The patrol says the first stop occurred Wednesday morning near North Platte, and a search of the car found three pounds of marijuana, 39 THC…Read more »

Grand Island-Hastings-Kearney bus service being studied

Grand Island-Hastings-Kearney bus service being studied

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The state is studying the possibility of a bus service linking Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney in south-central Nebraska. The Nebraska Transportation Department has planned public meetings in each city to review and discuss project needs, gaps and strategies. The study is part of Nebraska’s Mobility Management program, which seeks to…Read more »

Proposal to restore open-air theater wins council blessing

Proposal to restore open-air theater wins council blessing

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) – Kearney leaders are backing a proposal to restore an open-air theater in the city’s Harmon Park. The City Council heard about the plan for the Sonotorium at Tuesday’s meeting. The Kearney Hub reports that Councilman Randy Buschkoetter said it says a lot about the community that members wish to preserve the…Read more »

Search during Nebraska prison lockdown yields weapons, drugs

Search during Nebraska prison lockdown yields weapons, drugs

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A lockdown and search at Nebraska’s largest prison has unearthed a variety of drugs, homemade weapons and other contraband. Prison officials revealed Wednesday some of the items found during last week’s lockdown at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. The list includes the synthetic drug K2, which officials say has helped fuel a…Read more »

Nebraska district court to hear Medicaid expansion lawsuit

Nebraska district court to hear Medicaid expansion lawsuit

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A lawsuit that seeks to speed up the expansion of Medicaid in Nebraska will go before a district court judge before the state’s highest court agrees to hear the case. The group Nebraska Appleseed announced Monday that the Nebraska Supreme Court has declined its request to review the lawsuit right away.…Read more »

Lincoln prison worker accused of smuggling cellphone, drugs

Lincoln prison worker accused of smuggling cellphone, drugs

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – An employee has been accused of smuggling a cellphone and drugs to inmates at the Lincoln Correctional Center. Lancaster County Court records say 27-year-old Dana Johnson, of Seward, is charged with unlawful acts by a corrections employee. The records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for her.…Read more »

Authorities say driver died when pickup crashed off I-80

Authorities say driver died when pickup crashed off I-80

WOOD RIVER, Neb. (AP) – Authorities say a driver died when his pickup truck went out of control on Interstate 80 and crashed in south-central Nebraska’s Hall County. The crash was reported around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, just west of the Wood River exit. The Hall County Sheriff’s Department says Brian Gurule was headed east when…Read more »