‘Ant Man’ Inches Past ‘Pixels’ to Take First Place Spot

box-officeLOS ANGELES (AP) — “Ant-Man” has claimed first place at the box office for the second weekend in a row, narrowly besting new opener “Pixels.” The Marvel and Disney superhero pic brought in $24.8 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $106.1 million according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.

The Adam Sandler end of the world comedy “Pixels” earned an estimated $24 million in its debut weekend. It’s a fairly weak start for the PG-13 rated film, which cost $88 million to produce.

Meanwhile, the R-rated boxing drama “Southpaw” surpassed expectations, earning $16.5 million out of the gates and beating out the YA adaptation “Paper Towns,” which earned about $12.5 million — a far cry from the $48 million debut of “The Fault in Our Stars” last year.

US Gas Prices Down a Penny in Past 2 Weeks

gas-cardCAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of gasoline has dropped a penny over the past two weeks to $2.82 a gallon.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the current average sits 76 cents below the year-ago price.

The cheapest price recorded in the continental United States was $2.33 a gallon in Birmingham, Alabama.

The highest was $4.13 a gallon in Los Angeles. Lundberg says California saw huge wholesale price hikes during a brief supply shortage. She says supplies are flowing again and pump prices are poised to drop in the Golden State.

The national average price of diesel was down 6 cents over the same period to $2.86 a gallon.

Nebraska’s Water Management Catches Eye of Other States

groundwaterLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s system for managing its groundwater is catching the eye of other states that are running dry and threatening farmers with water restrictions.

Despite its widespread use for crop irrigation, Nebraska’s groundwater supply has remained stable while states such as California and Texas struggle with shortages. The difference has led some out-of-state groups to inquire about how Nebraska uses 23 natural resources districts to manage groundwater while the Department of Natural Resources oversees rivers and lakes.

Dean Edson, of the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts, says he’s received inquiries from half a dozen states and is scheduled to speak about Nebraska’s system in California next month.

Jim Schneider, acting director of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, will discuss the state’s groundwater management system before a national group in November.

Hot Sheets (7/26): I Wanna Go Home


Aaron James Bosveld: Felony Possession with Intent to Deliver

Aaron James Bosveld: Felony Possession with Intent to Deliver

Richard Michael Giese: Felony Theft by Unlawful Taking, Possession of Stolen Property

Richard Michael Giese: Felony Theft by Unlawful Taking, Possession of Stolen Property

Joshua Michael Meyers: Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

Joshua Michael Meyers: Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

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Nebraska Ed Department Seeks Public Input on Math Standards

nebraska-department-of-educationLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The public is being invited to add its two cents on the state’s new school mathematics standards.

Educators and the public are invited to comment on the newly revised draft of state math standards at public input sessions being held across the state on Aug. 4.

The public sessions are being held in Ainsworth, Kearney, Lincoln, North Platte, Omaha, Scottsbluff and Wakefield.

The draft standards are available online at http://www.education.ne.gov/math/index.html .

Comments may also be submitted to the Nebraska Department of Education at nde.standardsinput@nebraska.gov .

All information will be shared with the standards editing committee to help to finalize the standards before they are presented for State Board of Education approval.

Lexington High School Principal Finalist for National Honor

schoolLEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) — Lexington High School’s principal is a finalist for National Principal of the Year.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals selected Kyle Hoehner and two other school principals from across the country for the award.

Hoehner, who is in his fifth year as principal at Lexington, was named the 2015 Nebraska Principal of the Year in March.

The finalists will be interviewed by a panel of judges on Sept. 15, and the winner will be announced during National Principals Month in October.

Health Officials: Horses Need Protection for West Nile Virus

horseGRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The Central District Health Department officials are encouraging people to protect not only themselves from West Nile virus, but their horses, too.

The department, based in Grand Island, says horses should be properly vaccinated for the mosquito-borne illness.

Horse vaccinations are only effective if given before exposure to West Nile. Adequate vaccination requires two doses, administered three to six weeks apart. Full protection doesn’t develop until four to six weeks after the second dose.

The most common signs of West Nile infection in horses include stumbling, weak limbs, partial paralysis, muscle twitching and, in some cases, death.

Hot Sheets (7/25): I Can’t Feel My Face


Cody Christopher Irish: Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

Cody Christopher Irish: Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

Nathaniel Reid Maxcy: Minor in Possession

Nathaniel Reid Maxcy: Minor in Possession

Travis Scott McNeal: Restraining/Protection Order Violation

Travis Scott McNeal: Restraining/Protection Order Violation

Joshua Michael Meyers: Driving Under the Influence of Liquor

Joshua Michael Meyers: Driving Under the Influence of Liquor

Belinda Anne Morris: Failure to Appear

Belinda Anne Morris: Failure to Appear

Richard Bryan Tolle: Failure to Appear

Richard Bryan Tolle: Failure to Appear

David Paul Wengler: Felony Vehicle Theft ($500-$1,500)

David Paul Wengler: Felony Vehicle Theft ($500-$1,500)

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Nebraska Town’s Law Enforcement State Returning to Normal

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MINATARE, Neb. (AP) — Law enforcement is getting back to normal in the Nebraska Panhandle town of Minatare.

A new police chief has been on the job for nearly a month, and earlier this week the City Council hired a new full-time officer. Chief Robert McFarland says he wants to hire a part-time officer as well.

There had been turmoil since February, when two officers were suspended because they failed to meet annual firearms training and continuing education requirements. Police Chief Robert Regester called it a paperwork error. He resigned on April 21, and Officer Jim Lawson quit on April 24.

Prosecutors later charged Regester with four misdemeanor counts of abuse of public records and one misdemeanor count of making a false statement under oath. He’s pleaded not guilty.

Ex-Kearney Probation Officer Accused of Having Sex with Probationers

jury-boxKEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man has been indicted on five federal counts, accused of having sex with probationers while he was a probation officer in Kearney, then lying to the FBI about it.

A federal grand jury handed down the indictment Wednesday against 56-year-old Thomas Peterson. In it, Peterson is charged with four counts of deprivation of civil rights under color of law and one count of making false statements to a government agent.

The indictment says that from 2010 through 2014, Peterson had sex with four different women while they were on probation and while he was serving as their probation officer. The indictment also accuses Peterson of tipping off probationers to planned drug tests and of threatening to have one woman’s probation revoked unless she left the state.