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There's a Wind Advisory in effect from nine this morning until eight this evening. Partly cloudy and windy today with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high of 78 and south winds 25 to 45 mph. Breezy this evening with showers and thunderstorms likely with a low of 45 with south winds 25 to 40 mph during the evening becoming northerly at 15 to 30 mph overnight. Clear and cooler tomorrow with a high of 68 and a low of 42 with northwest winds 15 to 30 mph. Clear Friday with a high of 75 and a low of 45 with northwest winds around 10 mph. Partly to mostly cloudy Saturday through Tuesday with a chance of showers and thunderstorms each day with highs of 55-65 and lows of 40-45. Yesterday's high was 72 and the 24-hour low was 39.

Despite concerns voiced from an area business and resident, the Kearney City Council approved a rezoning request at Tuesday night's meeting for TFD Investments for some property on the north side of 16th Street from 13th to 16th Avenues. The developers want to build 16 duplexes on around five acres at the site. The opposition centered on the possibility that the project would create traffic and safety concerns for the southwest Kearney neighborhood. The re-zoning was approved by a 4-0 vote. The council also granted a change in zoning and a final plat for the construction of a 3-lot rural subdivision for the construction of a house near a sandpit lake at Kearney Campground west of Avenue M and north of Archway Parkway. As part of the consent agenda, the council awarded the contract for the Central Avenue street project to Kearney's Blessing Construction for a bid of just over $2,470,000. The work will span Central Avenue from 26th to 31st Streets and 26th Street from Central Avenue to Avenue C and begin this spring.

Nurse practitioners will still need to collaborate with physicians in order to practice in Nebraska, after the governor vetoed a bill that would have changed state regulations. Gov. Dave Heineman on Tuesday vetoed the bill, which removed the requirement that nurses have an integrated practice agreement with a collaborating physician in order to practice in Nebraska. In the final vote, legislators had approved the measure unanimously. Heineman says in the future there will be a shift toward additional independence for nurse practitioners, but the option provided by the bill went too far, too quickly. Heineman and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Acierno expressed concern about patient safety in the governor's veto letter. Lawmakers adjourned last week, so they cannot try to override the governor's veto.

Nebraska's Director of Banking and Finance, John Munn, has announced his retirement, and Gov. Dave Heineman has named deputy director Ray Pont as the agency's acting director. The 66-year-old Munn is responsible for the supervision of state-chartered financial institutions, registered and licensed financial entities including mortgage banking, delayed-deposit service companies and Nebraska's securities industry. Munn was appointed in 2005 by then-Gov. Mike Johanns. His last day will be May 2. The governor's office says that under Munn's leadership, the assets of state-chartered banks the department supervises have more than doubled, from $16 billion to $35 billion.

Republican Pete Ricketts has won the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a conservative leader embraced by the tea party. Cruz praised Ricketts Tuesday for his experience as a businessman and his focus on taxes, job growth and education reform. Cruz gained national notoriety for leading the U.S. Senate opposition against the federal health care law championed by President Barack Obama. Ricketts has also received support from former Alaska Gov. and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; former Nebraska Govs. Kay Orr and Charles Thone; and U.S. Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska. Ricketts is competing in a six-way Republican primary race with Attorney General Jon Bruning, State Auditor Mike Foley, Omaha tax attorney Bryan Slone, and state Sens. Tom Carlson and Beau McCoy.

A man has been injured in a fire that started in the basement of a house in North Platte. The North Platte Fire Department says crews were dispatched a little after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Fire Chief Dennis Thompson says firefighters found the man at the back door of the house. They pulled him outside and began CPR. The man was taken to Great Plains Regional Medical Center and then flown to a Lincoln hospital. Thompson says the man had suffered airway burns from smoke and heat in the house. The man was identified as 58-year-old Randy Mills. Investigators say the fire began in the basement but weren't sure of the cause yet.

The public is invited to join the City of Kearney in celebrating Arbor Day 2014 this Friday at 2:00 p.m. This year's Arbor Day Celebration will be held at The Archway. The celebration will include the City of Kearney Park Department employees planting a tree at the west parking area of The Archway. The city is inviting all residents to help them celebrate spring and Arbor Day at the event.



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