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The 24th annual Oregon Trail Rodeo was a big success over the weekend. Most of Saturday's rodeo goers wore pink to benefit the Morrison Cancer Center. Publicist Ruth Nicolaus says they were able to raise a lot of cash. "We raised about $2,250 for that. That was through people wearing pink, voluntary donations we picked up and fr...
The Nebraska Lottery says it will be selling Sriracha-scented scratch tickets. It's called Hot Sriracha, and each ticket contains a scent replicating that of the famous Asian sauce. Acting Nebraska Lottery director Jill Marshall says in a news release that lottery officials think the new game ``is the first Sriracha-scented scratch game ev...
A Doniphan woman who reported her pet gibbons as stolen has been sentenced to two years probation for having the apes as pets. Nancy Stephens also was fined $4,000 Thursday. She had pleaded guilty in June to violating the Endangered Species Act, which prohibits the transportation, shipment or receipt of endangered species. Steph...
A Kearney man will spend time in prison for his role in a January home robbery. 24-year-old Colbey Dunn was sentenced Thursday to three to eight years behind bars. On January 25, Dunn robbed and assaulted a Colorado man who was lured to a Kearney home by a woman for sex. Three other men have also been convicted for their roles i...
The EPA's new 'Waters of the United States' rule has been put on hold by a federal judge in North Dakota. The Republican Attorney General's Association says the District Court issued the preliminary injunction because the 13 states fighting the rule were likely to succeed in their case. Nebraska ag producers say the rule overste...
A Hastings woman accused of causing a toddler to choke to death made her initial court appearance this morning. 33-year-old Azudany Serrano-Contreras was extradited to Hastings from Texas yesterday on a charge of felony intentional child abuse causing death. An arrest affidavit alleges she stuffed a baby wipe down the throat of 19-month ol...
More than 200 cowboys and cowgirls will make their way to Hastings this weekend for the 24th annual Oregon Trail Rodeo, with nearly $50,000 up for grabs. The event has several national and world champion competitors coming to Hastings. "Sage Kimsey, who is leading the world standings in bull riding and is last year's world champi...
Nebraska is joining a national effort this weekend aimed at reducing traffic fatalities. It's called the I-80/I-35 Challenge. Colonel Bradley Rice, Supt. of the Nebraska State Patrol says August is one of the deadliest months for travelers and that officials are aiming for zero fatalities during this special enforcement. "During t...
Hall County Supervisors have named an interim jail director. By a unanimous vote this morning, former Richardson County Sheriff Randy Houser was approved for the position. Houser will begin his duties tomorrow. He replaces former director Fred Ruiz who was ousted last week following an investigation of his management style and jail operati...
A Hastings couple was displaced from their mobile home after a fire last night. Dennis and Joan Clark narrowly escaped the fire thanks the quick action of their neighbor Jorge Calderon who first noticed the flames. "He went to the door, alerted them and helped Mr. Clark out the front door, passed the fire. The fire grew to engulf ...
The Kearney Police Department is investigating a recent string of burglaries involving homes, garages and a local church in southeast Kearney. The most notable incident occurred sometime Friday morning when someone broke into a home in the 1400 block of Avenue I and stole a safe containing more than $17,000 in cash and jewelry. Similar ...
Hastings Public Schools continue to see improvement district wide in reading proficiency. The district announced today the results of the latest NeSA reading, math and science scores. For a fifth consecutive year, the elementary schools made significant improvements in reading, most notably at the third grade level which was at 58 percent...
One of Grand Island's major manufacturers has announced more layoffs due to current market conditions. Case New Holland Industrial says approximately 70 full-time employees will be laid off at its Grand Island plant, which manufactures combines. According to company spokeswoman Kathleen Prause, the layoffs are indefinite and will begin in ...
Following a closed door session that lasted nearly four hours yesterday, two top Hall County Corrections officials were ousted. The Hall County Board unanimously voted to fire Jail Director Fred Ruiz and Assistant Director Jimmy Vann. One of four former corrections officers who attended the public meeting presented supervisors with a lett...
Emergency crews from Minden were called out Tuesday night after a farm tractor collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Hwy 34 and Hwy 6. It happened shortly before 9 p.m. Initial reports indicate one person was injured and was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney by ambulance. A small fire also broke out follo...
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