DENISON, Iowa (AP) – Railroads crews are cleaning up after 22 cars of a coal train derailed in western Iowa. Mark Davis, spokesman for Omaha-based Union Pacific, says the 136-car train was headed from Wyoming to Illinois when a section derailed about 6:40 a.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported. Davis says crews will work into Monday to clear debris and repair about 800 feet of damaged track that stretches over two rail lines. One of the lines is expected to reopen early Monday. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Authorities have arrested three people in connection with the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man at a
Lincoln house party. The victim, Dwayne Greer, died at a hospital soon after the Sunday morning shooting. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that three people have been arrested, but their names and other information about them has not been released yet. Police say Greer was found on the front lawn of a home with gunshot wounds. Another man reported being assaulted at the party shortly before the shooting. This is the second homicide case in Lincoln this year.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Congress and the White House have
apparently reached a compromise to raise the nation’s borrowing
President Barack Obama announced the deal in a White House press
conference Sunday evening. The President says the plan will cut $2
trillion in federal spending over the next ten years.
A report released to the Nebraska Tax Rate Review Committee this
month warned that the outcome of a debt ceiling standoff could have
a “significant impact” on Nebraska’s state revenues.
Elk Creek Sen. Lavon Heidemann, who chairs the Legislature’s
Appropriations Committee, says a sudden interest rate hike could
hit Nebraska businesses, which in turn could cut into the state’s
recently improved budget outlook.
KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) – Authorities say more than four dozen dogs have been rescued from a home near Kearney. Heartland Pet Connection is caring for 12 of them, and executive director Lynn Jasnoch told Hastings television station KHAS that the dogs are in terrible shape.
The dogs are all bichons and range in age from 2 to 8 years old. Jasnoch says many of the dogs have never been bathed and many had serious dental problems. Nearby shelters have taken in the other dogs.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a southwest Nebraska irrigation district that pushed for the state Department of Natural Resources to declare portions
of the Republican River basin as over-appropriated. The Frenchman Cambridge Irrigation District had argued that the river basin’s current designation as fully appropriated isn’t sustainable. A change to over-appropriated would put stricter limits on how much water in the river basin can be used. The Natural Resources department has held that it doesn’t have the authority to upgrade the basin’s appropriation status under
revisions made in 2004 to a state water law. In an opinion released Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court said the irrigation district failed to state an injury suffered because of the Natural Resources department’s decision, and dismissed the appeal.
GERING, Neb. (AP) – Drivers are being urged to be on the alert for a moose spotted in the Wildcat Hills south of Gering in western Nebraska. Hod Kosman of Platte River Basin Environments told KNEB radio in Scottsbluff that there are programs to reintroduce moose in
habitats in Colorado and Wyoming, and those habitats seem to be expanding into Nebraska. Kosman says motorists need to use caution on state Highway 71 and other roads in the Wildcat Hills because moose are big and unpredictable.
HOLDREGE, Neb. (AP) – A Holdrege woman has pleaded not guilty to child abuse in an incident at her daycare. The Kearney Hub reports 38-year-old Kendra Fritsche entered the plea Wednesday in Phelps County District Court. The Nebraska State Patrol said a 3-month-old girl that had been in Fritsche’s care was brought to an emergency room on Oct. 15. Tests later showed she suffered a skull fracture.
BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) – Broken Bow district officials are planning another school bond issue. The $5.8 million proposal is aimed at upgrading one of the
district’s elementary schools. The proposal seeks far less money than the last two, which voters defeated. Last August, nearly 59 percent of district voters rejected a
bond issue of nearly $10 million that would have paid for additions to North Park Elementary and improvements at the middle and high school. In May 2008, a $9.4 million bond issue for a new elementary school was overwhelmingly defeated. Superintendent Virginia Moon told North Platte television station KNOP that the buildings are not air-conditioned, and several mechanical updates are needed at North Park Elementary. The bond election is scheduled for Sept. 13.
CHADRON, Neb. (AP) – An investigator has found no evidence that Chadron City Manager Sandy Powell misused city funds or treated city workers unfairly. Radio station KQSK reports that the City Council released a summary of the investigator’s findings Thursday night. Earlier this year, the city hired Scottsbluff attorney Paul
Snyder to investigate allegations against Powell, including claims she improperly used city funds for a pilot training program and set up an unfair salary structure for city workers.
Snyder completed his report late last month. The City Council has spent more than eight hours in closed-door sessions reviewing it. The council did not release the full report, just a summary.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A 26-year-old man who was involved with Lincoln youth groups has been given three-to-six years in prison for having sex with an underage girl.
Curtis Green had pleaded no contest to sexual assault. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Green was sentenced on Wednesday. Prosecutors say Green met the 15-year-old girl online. State law prohibits people 19 or older from having sex with anyone under 16 years old. Green’s attorney said before sentencing that Green didn’t have a significant criminal history but did have letters of support from the community and had worked with youth programs. Miner sought probation for his client. Judge Jodi Nelson rejected the idea of probation, saying he “didn’t hear one ounce of responsibility taken by Mr. Green at