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Governor Pete Ricketts has signed a bill designed to keep the state's cigar bars in business. The new law approved yesterday authorizes cigar smoking in licensed establishments. Paul Hamelink, the owner of Paul's Cigar Bar in Hastings says work on the legislation began after the Nebraska Supreme Court struck down a 2009 law that allowed p...
Hastings High is one of 40 Nebraska high schools to participate in the first Nebraska Microsoft Information Technology (IT) Initiative. The Initiative is a partnership with the Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska Career and Technical Education, Microsoft, and Certiport. Through this Initiative, Nebraska high school students can earn...
On Friday morning, the Central Nebraska Regional Airport announced it is renewing its contract with American Airlines. The new contract will save the Grand Island airport more than $5 million from the previous contract. The contract will cost about $1.27 million, compared to the old contract which was around $1.8 million. Executi...
A farm implement plant in Grand Island will be eliminating the jobs of 136 more employees. CNH Industrial America said Thursday that the indefinite layoffs result from market conditions and that they will begin in May and be finished by July. Just last August, the company announced layoffs of 170 full-time company staffers and 68 ...
A bill that would allow more women to qualify for Medicaid family planning services has stalled in the Nebraska Legislature. Supporters fell two votes short Thursday of the 25 needed to advance it, while 21 lawmakers opposed it. Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha says his measure would have prevented unwanted pregnancies, saving the...
A Lincoln-based porn site operator is looking for the best spot near Grand Island to open a strip club. Shane Harrington says the locations he's considering could be bought, remodeled and opened within four months. Harrington says that he's been in the adult website business for about 14 years and has run other clubs. ...
Two Kearney non-profit health care organizations have received a major financial contribution. Plains Physical Organization and CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital have teamed up to donate $436,000 to both the new Kearney HelpCare Clinic and Collage, an organization that provides a safe haven for women who have had unplanned pregnancies. Th...
More than a half-million dollars has been raised in the 2014-15 campaign for the United Way of South Central Nebraska. The campaign continues through June 30. Michele Henke is the executive director. She says the United Way was happy to make the announcement this week. "Right now we're sitting at just over $508,000. Our goal was s...
The City of Kearney is moving forward on more than $12 million worth of street and capital improvement projects. At a public hearing last night, City Engineer Bruce Grupe provided a description of the 25 different projects slated for completion during the year. One of the high priority areas is in the vicinity of the new Kearney High Scho...
A special election will decide the fate of a thoroughfare through the Hastings College campus. On Tuesday, the Hastings City Council voted 7-0 in favor of letting voters decide whether or not to repeal an ordinance that would shut 9th Street down from Elm to Ash Avenues. The council decided to have the election go through a mail...
After sitting vacant for two months, the Hastings Hotel and Convention Center was has been sold. Well Street Capital purchased the building Monday and plans to have it back open real soon. The property was sold for just over $234,000. The price also will include any applicable fees, taxes and liens associated with the property, which is v...
The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation is asking U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to provide farmers more time to evaluate and make decisions on farm programs associated with the 2014 farm bill. Many of the changes facing farmers would be required to take effect by the end of February or early March. In a letter to Vilsack today, Farm Bureau Pre...
The Florida woman accused of drowning a puppy last month at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport will be arraigned in Hall County District Court March 17. Cynthia Anderson did not attend her preliminary hearing this morning. Hall County Judge John Rademacher received a written waiver of preliminary hearing from Anderson's attorney, Vicky ...
Police in York say an 18-year-old high school senior is facing felony charges after threatening York High School last week. Ryan Boyer is jailed on charges of making terroristic threats to the school. Authorities say Boyer was the student behind a bomb threat to posted to the social media app YikYak last Monday. Police spokesman ...
A Grand Island man charged with sexually assaulting two girls has been ordered to serve at least four years in prison. 30-year-old Noe Flores-Diaz was sentenced Friday in Buffalo County District Court to six to 10 years in prison for attempted felony first-degree sexual assault of a child younger than age 12 between May 23rd of 2011 and ...
Kearney Police blocked off a southwest side neighborhood near a nursing home after a man barricaded himself inside a home while threatening to harm himself Sunday afternoon. At around 2:30 p.m., the Buffalo County 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call from a woman who reported that the man had sent her a distressing text message. After off...
A Cairo woman is dead after being struck by a semi-truck on Interstate 80 near Gibbon Sunday afternoon. The incident occurred around 5 p.m. According to the Nebraska State Patrol, 79-year-old Darlene Harders had parked along the eastbound lanes near Gibbon when she got out of her vehicle and then walked into traffic. A short time later, sh...
The man accused of dragging a Hastings police officer has won a hearing on his request to withdraw his pleas. The hearing has been scheduled March 24 for 30-year old Marty Deckert. Deckert had accepted a plea deal on charges of second-degree murder and other crimes. Other charges were dismissed. Authorities say Deckert tried to avoid arre...
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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