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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 ...
A local fast food restaurant is helping out the Hastings Public Library. All three Hastings Runza locations tomorrow will donate 15 percent of its sales to the library as part of the Great Books for Great Kids fundraiser. Beth McCracken, education librarian explains how the funds will be used. "One hundred percent of the proceeds ...
The City of Grand Island has trimmed its new employee list ahead of today's continued budget discussions. The city's library had hoped to hire an Assistant Director, a position that was eliminated from the library a few years ago due to budget cuts. After discussions began last week city officials have decided to cut that position. The pr...
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has dropped its plan to expand to Kearney. Officials say their current plan is to stabilize the organization to better accommodate newly hired CEO Suzanna de Baca. Currently Planned Parenthood operates two locations in Nebraska in Omaha and Lincoln. The organization has come under scrutiny in recent mon...
The University of Nebraska at Kearney welcomed students back to campus on Friday by formally introducing a new affordable transportation option for the coming school year known as "Enterprise CarShare." Scott Benson, Assistant Director of Business Services at UNK explains how the program works: "CarShare is a program that we are going to ...
Hastings College students arrived this weekend to several new changes. Among them are three different construction projects including a new art center, a closed 9th Street and new parking spaces. The college is also welcoming three new full-time professors this semester. Dr. Amanda Solem will serve as Assistant Professor of Biology, Dr. C...
A boil water order which had been in effect for the village of Axtell for the past week has now been lifted. Water sampling tests performed this week showed no traces of E.coli or coliform bacteria in the village's water system. A boil water notice was issued on August 13th after tests earlier this month found traces of E. ...
A Minden man who was injured when his car collided with a farm tractor on Tuesday evening has been released from the hospital. The Kearney County Sheriff's Office says 46-year-old Ernesto Iniguez of Minden was traveling on Highways 6 and 34 three miles east of east of Minden when he collided with a farm tractor operated by 53-year-old Ma...
The Nebraska State Patrol, with assistance from the Kearney Police Department, conducted surprise commercial vehicle inspections in Kearney on Thursday. The surprise inspections target commercial vehicles that might not travel outside the city or pass through weigh stations as part of their regular routes. During the special enf...
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...
The latest report on unemployment shows a slight increase for Nebraska in the month of July. The state's jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a percent to 2.7 percent. That's still well-below the national average which was unchanged in July at 5.3 percent. Nebraska continues to see gains in nonfarm employment with more than 7,800 new jobs add...
A large gathering turned out for yesterday's grand opening and ribbon cutting at UNK's new Health and Science Education Complex. Among those in attendance was University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds. "This may be the largest collaborative effort in the history of the university. It's not just about the building. It's all the...
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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