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The Crossroads Center in Hastings is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday for anyone who would like to attend. Dinner will be served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jerry Bumgardner, Executive Director says they'll have all the traditional Thanksgiving food options. Crossroads provides a program for the homeless to not only feed and shelter but also pro...
The Kearney Area Concerned Citizens will be hosting their 30th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner this Thursday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Kearney. Gailen Kotrous, Publicity Chairman for the event, says the meal is open to anyone who would like to attend. Special arrangements can be made for individuals who are in need of ...
The chairwoman of Nebraska's parole board says a former prisons director pressured her into paroling more inmates in an effort to reduce crowding. Esther Casmer testified under subpoena Tuesday that some inmates were paroled even though they hadn't completed mandatory programming to treat anger management, addictions and other problems. She was app...
Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel says he will stay on as defense secretary until the Senate confirms his successor. Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down. The Republican becomes the first senior Obama adviser to leave the administration following the sweeping losses for the president's party in the midterm elections....
Hastings residents will soon be paying more for water. The city council voted unanimously last night for a rate increase to help eliminate the city's water of dangerous nitrate levels. The proposed cost of the water treatment is $46 million. Mayor Vern Powers said that cost could end up being as high as $100 million. He says the increase has to sta...
The Hastings Public Library has received the highest level of library accreditation. On Monday, the library received Gold level accreditation from the Nebraska Library Commission. The Hastings location is only one of four in Nebraska that received Gold. The raised accreditation level means an increase in the amount of state aid money they receive a...
Authorities have released the name of the man wounded in a weekend shooting in Kearney. According to police reports, 31-year-old Gerard Vinett of Tennessee was shot twice early Saturday morning in south Kearney. Police later arrested 24-year-old Evan Swenson, along with 22-year-old Ashley Dominguez, both of Tennessee at a motel in Broken Bow. Swen...
The director of Nebraska's Department of Natural Resources has resigned. Brian Dunnigan stepped down from the position on Thursday after more than 30 years with the department. He was appointed director by Gov. Dave Heineman in 2008. Heineman is leaving office in January. As director, Dunnigan oversaw a department that helps manag...
A fire in Grand Island severely damaged a family's home late Thursday morning. All of the occupants, a husband, a wife and their daughter made it out safely. Grand Island firefighters responded to a garage fire shortly before 11 a.m. It took about 20 minutes for them to put the fire out. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The garage...
Several people were evacuated from a Kearney area industrial firm early this (Friday) morning after fire broke out in a maintenance storage area of the business. At approximately 3:30 a.m., firefighters were summoned to Baldwin Filters located at 4400 East Highway 30. The fire was contained to a small area of the storage facility, due i...
Nebraska State Fair officials are working on a plan to book a bigger musical act for a large, outdoor concert for next year. The State Fair Board met for a retreat last week. Fair officials have noticed some county fairs are bringing in well-known performers that are as big or bigger than the ones at the state fair. One of the pl...
When the Nebraska Medical Center began treating patients for Ebola this fall, experts had to figure out how to safely conduct lab tests and handle samples. A paper outlining some of the lessons learned in the lab has been published, so other hospitals can learn from their experience. Pete Iwen, director of the Nebraska Public He...
Gas prices in Nebraska continue a downward slide ahead of the holiday. The statewide average price for regular unleaded dropped to $2.97 a gallon this week. It's the first time that average gas prices in the state have been below $3 since December 2010. Prices in Hastings are actually five cents below the state average at $2.92 a gallon. AAA Nebras...
The president's use of executive action to delay any move to deport as many as five million illegal immigrants has angered Nebraska Congressional Republicans. Congressman Adrian Smith says President Barack Obama's rationalization for the move is insufficient. Congressman Adrian Smith says Congress must respond. Smith suggests Congress might file a ...
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska is rejecting the latest contract offer from one of the state's biggest medical networks because the insurer says the offer still costs too much. CHI Health officials offered a new agreement to Blue Cross earlier this week that would have cut rates by $10 million. But Blue Cross officials say CHI Health's...
A grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety will ensure that more officers will be on the look out for safety violations as travelers hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday next week. Extra law enforcement will be out on Nebraska roads beginning on Monday, Nov. 24 for their annual "Click it or Ticket" campaign. Police officials say Thanks...
Nebraska's state tax revenue likely won't grow as fast in the future because of a law passed earlier this year. State officials generally assume that revenue will grow at an average rate of 5 percent per year. Fiscal office director Michael Calvert told a legislative committee that a new tax-bracket indexing law will slow the increases over time. T...
The City of Hastings officially gets into the holiday spirit tonight with the Celebration of Lights. It's a special celebration this year as the COL is celebrating their 25th anniversary of the event. Tiffany Crouse, Director of the Hastings Downtown Center Association says the event will be filled with fun for the entire family. The lights will tu...
Police in Kearney are investigating a report of a burglary which took place earlier this week at a local restaurant. According to police reports, an unknown subject entered the Big City Burrito Restaurant on Monday and stole an undisclosed amount of money. An investigation revealed that the person or persons involved gained entry by throwing an ob...
Hastings College has announced a press conference next week. Constructed in 1908 as the College's library, the current home to Hastings College's Art Department no longer serves the growing program's needs. President Don Jackson and other Hastings College officials are expected to announce the construction of a new art center on campus. The announc...
The chairman of a legislative committee says 162 Nebraska inmates convicted of violent crimes were freed early under a furlough program. The program was revealed at a hearing yesterday as the chairman, Senator Steve Lathrop, questioned Governor Dave Heineman. The Republican governor was subpoenaed to testify under oath as part of an investigation i...
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