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Nebraska prison officials say the errors made in calculating sentences for hundreds of inmates will cost the state at least $4 million, but at least one lawmaker says the cost is likely to be higher. The state Department of Correctional Services released a preliminary cost estimate on Friday. The miscalculated sentences of nearly 600 people wer...
Fear of being sued has led Hall County's jail to become Nebraska's first law enforcement agency to stop honoring federal "immigration detentions." Other Nebraska counties may follow suit, thanks in part to efforts by civil rights organizations. The 48-hour immigration detainers are issued to local law enforcement by the U.S. Immigration and Customs...
Senator Johanns joined other Republican senators in confronting EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, arguing against expansion of the Clean Water Act which could lead to the regulation of ponds and streams on farms. Johanns says Republicans expressed frustration with what he calls a long list of regulatory burdens against agriculture. Johanns says a pr...
Protesters who support climate change legislation and who oppose the Keystone X-L pipeline project are marching across the country today. A group of protesters led by BOLD Nebraska will march to the state capital in Lincoln. BOLD's Jane Kleeb says they're delivering one-thousand petition signatures which ask the governor to disclose the contents of...
Gibbon officials say damage from the fire that destroyed several vehicle and a city shop building wasn't as bad as feared, but still will slow routine maintenance and other projects this summer. The city lost four pickups and a street sweeper in Tuesday's blaze. City Administrator Chris Rector says it likely will be months before all the vehicles a...
The Perkins family restaurant has now opened there doors for customers. Nick Rayfelt the VP for Cyhawk hospitality says this restaurant is one that not only the community wanted but he believes was needed in the Hastings community. Rayfelt says this opening will provide a good boost to the local economy. The Hastings location adds to the 10 Perkins...
The city maintenance building in Gibbon is a total loss after a fire started in a pickup and spread. City Administrator Chris Rector in the city of 1,800 people says the building was reported in flames at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday. The fire was extinguished about four hours later. A wire in the engine compartment in one of the city pickups is the suspected...
Nebraska lawmakers may have to add money to the state's general fund when they convene next year. A legislative report says the state faces a projected shortfall of nearly $4.6 million for the new budget year that began this month. Despite the estimate, state officials say Nebraska's overall finances are in good shape. The state is expected to see ...
Quick thinking by a neighbor Wednesday afternoon alerted two children that their house was on fire. Denise Kamper says that her neighbor then called 911. Hastings Fire and Rescue was able to put out the fire in the attached garage at 38 Sara Dr., but not before it started to spread.  Fire Chief Kent Gilbert said that even though the house didn't bu...
Authorities say they're investigating a wreck that killed a 21-year-old Nebraska man. The Howard County Sheriff's Office says Derek Holt from St. Paul died Sunday night after his vehicle was hit by another automobile traveling in the opposite direction. The wreck occurred on Nebraska Highway 92, about two miles west of St. Paul. Holt was pronounced...
Nebraska's Natural Resources Commission is laying the groundwork for projects intended to preserve the state's long-term water supply. The commission received $21 million this month as part of a new state water sustainability law, and is expected to collect $10 million to $11 million annually for water management and flood-control projects. The sta...
Multiple fire crews are working to control a massive fire in Clay County that broke out late last night. Firecrews are still on scene from 8 different departments at Oregon Trail Equipment, just east of Fairfield. Darren Clarke with the Hastings Fire Department says both the Hastings Fire Department and reserves are providing mutual aid. Investigat...
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