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(AP) - A judge has set a $3 million bond for a Grand Island man accused of fatally shooting a 34-year-old outside a meat-packing plant in south-central Nebraska. Bond was set Tuesday afternoon for Angelo Bol, who is charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm. Law enforcement officials believe he targeted Karel Perez-Almaguer on Monday evening in the parking lot of Gibbon Packing. Bol previously worked at the plant, though it's unknown how long he was employed there or what his duties were. Judge Gerry Jorgensen appointed the Buffalo County Public Defender's Office to represent Bol. Bol's next court appearance is scheduled in January.


 

(AP) - On the day he was introduced as Youngstown State's new head coach, the ugly nature of Bo Pelini's departure from Nebraska was revealed. Pelini, who was fired on November 30th, lambasted Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst in a profanity-filled talk during his final meeting with his players. The Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday reported that it obtained an audiotape of Pelini's address to the players on December 2nd at a Lincoln high school. The university said in a statement that if the audiotape is authentic, "it only reaffirms the decision that he should no longer be a leader of young men at Nebraska." The World-Herald reported that Pelini used two vulgarities for female genitalia in reference to Eichorst. There were other instances of profanity on the audio.


 

(AP) - A new legislative report says Nebraska's public benefits hotline intended to help with benefits like food stamps and Medicaid needs to be overhauled. The Lincoln Journal Star says (http://bit.ly/1z3kWJV ) the special committee charged with looking into to working of the ACCESSNebraska system found it to be lacking. The system, implemented in 2008, has drawn complaints about long waits to talk to caseworkers and a high rate of busy signals. The special investigative committee created this year confirmed what audits in recent years have found: That the system consistently fails to reach its service goals. Jill Schreck, the Nebraska Health and Human Services deputy director for economic support, says the hotline is not a failure and that the report discounts "the really hard work" done to improve it.


 

(NRG)- Governor-elect Pete Ricketts Wednesday announced the appointment of Dr. Joseph Acierno as Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Division of Public Health. Dr. Acierno will also serve as the Acting CEO of the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services until a full-time replacement is named following a nationwide job search. Also appointed was John Hilgert as Director of the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs and Director of the Division of Veterans Homes. Along with those two appointments, Ricketts announced that Jodi Fenner would continue her service to the Division of Developmental Disabilities as Acting Director. Dr. Acierno will take over as Acting CEO of DHHS effective December 20th. All other announcements are effective January 8th.


 

(UNK)- Graduate and undergraduate degrees will be conferred for 427 students at University of Nebraska at Kearney winter commencement exercises at 10 a.m. Friday at the UNK Health and Sports Center. Distinguished alumnus and CEO of Adjuvance Technologies and Great Plains Biotechnology, Dr. J. Tyler Martin Sr. will address the graduates. Martin obtained his M.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine after earning his bachelor's degree in chemistry from UNK in 1981. He was a resident in pediatrics at UNMC before accepting a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases and molecular microbiology at Washington University in St. Louis. He returned to Nebraska and founded Great Plains Biotechnology in Lincoln in 2013 and has since become CEO and director of Adjuvance Technologies in New York. Martin's current businesses build off his expertise in biotechnology, developing therapeutic vaccines and commercializing immunotherapeutics. His pioneering research has focused on improving vaccines and antibiotics, building HIV clinical programs, and stem cell gene therapy. Martin is from Hebron and currently lives near Roca. Jared Pettit will give the senior class reflection. A construction management major from Kearney, Pettit is a staff sergeant in the Nebraska Army National Guard where he is a transportation coordinator. He previously served as a squad leader in the U.S. Army for 12 months in Iraq. He is a 10-year member of the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department, now holding the rank of lieutenant, and he is a certified emergency medical responder. Doors to the UNK Health and Sports Center will open at 8:30 a.m. Parking in the west lots is encouraged. Visitors with handicap parking permits can park east of the Health and Sports Center. Family members transporting a handicapped person will have access to drop off the person on the east side of the complex, but will need to move their vehicle to another lot. For those unable to attend in person, UNK commencement ceremonies are webcast at www.unk.edu.


 

(UNK)- A new astronomy major sets the University of Nebraska at Kearney apart from other campuses in Nebraska. The program, which launched during the 2014-15 academic year, is the only undergraduate astronomy major in Nebraska. Under the new program, students can earn a bachelor of science in astronomy or a bachelor of science in astrophysics. Four new classes will now be offered to students majoring in astronomy - astronomy methods I and II, and astrophysics I and II. "We already have the planetarium on campus, and we have dark skies out here in central Nebraska that are ideal for research," said Planetarium Director Lee Powell, assistant professor of physics and physical science. The department also has the resources to teach the classes. In addition to Powell's expertise in astronomy, two recent hires are astronomers. Powell studies the structure of the galaxy and stars, associate professor Adam Jensen conducts research on exo planets and associate professor Mariana Lazarova studies other galaxies. The UNK planetarium features a state-of-the-art projector, the Zeiss Skymaster ZKP4. Using fiber optic technology, each star is individually projected on the dome, creating a replica of the night's sky. Since the functions of the projector are controlled entirely by a computer, it is possible to use the planetarium to navigate to any place or time, whether it is in the past or the future. The UNK Department of Physics and Physical Science presents educational shows to school groups and private organizations at no charge during the fall and spring semesters at UNK. There are area observatories that can also be used for classes, Powell added.


 

(AP) - Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced Thursday that the states are seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing a measure that was approved by voters in 2012. Bruning says Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is also a party to the lawsuit. The complaint alleges that Colorado's Amendment 64 runs afoul of federal law. Washington state also has legalized marijuana, but Bruning says Nebraska isn't suing over that law because it doesn't share a border with Washington. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says in a statement that the lawsuit is without merit. He says his office will vigorously defend the marijuana law in the U.S. Supreme Court.


 

(NRG)- The Kearney Police are investigating a recent rash of burglaries in the northwest portion of the community. Photos of the suspects from a resident's trail camera are available online at kgfw.com. If you recognize these subjects or have information, contact the Kearney Police Department at (308) 237-2104, or CrimeStoppers at (308) 237- 3424 to report the information.


 

(AP) - Officials in Hastings are pushing for a proposed Behavioral Health Treatment Center - intended to transition prison inmates back into society - to be built in their central Nebraska city. The Hastings Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1C2pO38 ) that state Sen. Les Seiler, of Hastings, and Hastings Mayor Vern Powers held a news conference Wednesday to lobby for the center's placement in Hastings. Architects, engineers and others visited the Hastings Regional Center in October to examine the property and see if some of its existing buildings could be renovated to house the center. A study released Tuesday said the buildings would likely not be suitable for the 200-bed facility that would treat male inmates for behavioral health and substance abuse issues. The study instead recommends building a new facility.


 

(AP) - A Chicago-based group will set up a Nativity scene inside the Nebraska Capitol this week, drawing criticism from those who say such displays amount to an unconstitutional endorsement by the state of a religion. Capitol administrator Bob Ripley tells the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1wG7Akv ) that the Thomas More Society applied and received permission to set up the display in the building's rotunda. The nonprofit's president and chief attorney said in a news release the display in a state building represents constitutionally protected free speech and expression of religious faith by residents in a public forum. State Sen. Ernie Chambers said he thinks the display pushes a particular religious view. The Thomas More Society has provided legal counsel for placing Nativity scenes in public places in 21 states.