Man donates money for children’s home in Pine Ridge

RAPID CITY, South Dakota (AP) - A Michigan man has pledged to donate as much money as needed to build a 40-bed children’s home on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Officials involved in the project say the home would likely cost nearly $1 million. Officials say foster care is needed if children must spend the night away from their parents, which often happens when parents are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol when children are in the vehicle. The new home


Gov. Heineman declares emergency on statewide drought conditions

Gov. Dave Heineman has declared a state of emergency due to current drought conditions throughout the state.

Gov. Heineman authorized an emergency declaration for statewide drought that allows state personnel and resources to assist with emergency situations and prevention, and allows maximum flexibility to the state to deploy Nebraska National Guard and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency assets and resources as needed.

“This declaration is important for continued efforts of state officials


NSP Applauds House Agriculture Committee Farm Bill

The House Committee on Agriculture preliminarily released today its farm bill draft slated for markup next week. On this matter, NSP released the following statement:
National Sorghum Producers applauds the direction taken by the House Agriculture Committee in developing a comprehensive and solid farm bill that has a stable foundation and can serve as the new cornerstone for future farm policy.
The text released today indicates producers will have the opportunity to choose the policy option


Hot weather, high energy use force NPPD to new record

Independence Day proved to be more than just hot. NPPD’s customers set an all-time energy usage peak of an estimated 3,036 megawatts (MW). The new all-time peak bettered a previous record of 2,851 megawatts reached the day before, July 3, 2012. Prior to this, NPPD’s last all-time peak was 2,671 megawatts set on July 30, 2006.

“NPPD utilized the diversity of all its power plants and resources, generating power with nearly every type of fuel available (nuclear, coal, wind, natural gas and water)


Child Welfare System Reform

By Governor Dave Heineman
July 6, 2012
Dear Fellow Nebraskans:
The state of our state’s child welfare system is an important issue for many reasons. Anytime you are dealing with a situation where a child is removed from their family and home, it is a difficult situation. As a result, the child welfare system will not be a perfect system; however we are looking for ways to improve the lives of these children every day.


As The Farm Bill Goes So Goes Nebraska

By Senator Ben Nelson

Nebraska is an agriculture state. Our economy and thousands and thousands of jobs depend on how well agriculture is doing and much of agriculture’s health depends on what’s in the Farm Bill, which is why it was so important that the Senate passed a new one before the current bill expires on September 30, 2012.

How important is agriculture to Nebraska? Let me count just a few of the ways. According to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Nebraska ranks first in the nation

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