Nebraska property owners to get tax credit notification


Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska property owners will soon get a statement in the mail telling them how much money the state has spent to reduce their property tax burden.

Gov. Pete Ricketts and Speaker of the Legislature Galen Hadley announced Tuesday that the state will send about 700,000 tax relief notices this week to property owners.

The postcards will highlight the property tax measures approved by Ricketts and the Legislature earlier this year. The


Bill would put more agencies on Nebraska transparency site

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers will consider a proposal next year that would place more agencies on the state’s spending transparency website.

State Treasurer Don Stenberg and state Sen. John McCollister announced Tuesday that they will propose legislation that would require quasi-public agencies to submit their financial records for publication. Financial information would appear on the website, .

“Government transparency fosters accountability


Nebraska State Patrol, Omaha police faced spending freeze

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska State Patrol and the Omaha Police Department earlier this year had been ordered to halt their spending of funds seized during drug busts and traffic stops because of irregularities found by a federal compliance check.

The Omaha World-Herald ( ) reports that the agencies received the order from the U.S. Department of Justice earlier this year. The state patrol’s freeze lasted six months, and the Omaha police spending freeze lasted nine


Journal Star's delayed due to weather

The Sheridan County Journal Star will be a little late getting out this week, as our papers are currenlty stranded in Martin, S.D. until the weather clears up. Some customers may experience up to a one-day delay in receiving their paper. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Online subscribers can read this week's full issue here.

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Nebraska launches program to reduce hospital infections

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska health care experts are developing a program that will help hospitals and other facilities in the state continue reducing infections.

The state Department of Health and Human Services is working with the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine on the $2.4 million, three-year project.

Some of the infectious disease experts who helped treat patients with the Ebola virus in Omaha will help lead the team.

Dr. Mark Rupp said the team will work with


Authorities say remains in barrel those of Colorado man

BAYARD, Neb. (AP) - Authorities have identified a man whose remains were found sealed inside a 55-gallon barrel in western Nebraska, and a suspect in the case has been arrested.

The remains are those of 33-year-old Pedro Adrian Dominguez, of Greeley, Colorado.

An investigator’s affidavit says Dominguez died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head. A farmer spotted the barrel floating along Red Willow Creek east of Bayard last Friday afternoon. He called the Morrill County Sheriff’s Office


Policy drafted for transgender student athletes in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska School Activities Association has proposed a draft policy that would put the initial decision to let transgender students in high school sports in the hands of parents and local school districts.

The Omaha World-Herald ( ) reports that the proposal was advanced Wednesday. The draft policy says parents and the student would have to notify the school if the student identifies with a gender different from what is listed on a birth


Official says Nebraska should address drugged drivers

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Colorado highway safety official says Nebraska should not wait for marijuana legalization before acting to keep drugged drivers off the roads.

The Lincoln Journal Star ( ) reports Glenn Davis, highway safety manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation, and others spoke Tuesday at a summit on drugged driving hosted by the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety and AAA.

“I think you’ve got to identify the gaps in the system - and then start to


Jury acquits former Oglala Sioux Tribe police officer

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A federal jury has acquitted a former Oglala Sioux Tribe police officer accused of improperly using a stun gun on an intoxicated man.

The jury on Tuesday found 33-year-old Rebecca Sotherland, of Hot Springs, not guilty on all three charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon.

Authorities had accused Sotherland of using a stun several times last year on Jeffrey Eagle Bull while he was drunk and on the ground. A passer-by shot video and posted it online, drawing

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