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Weather service arranges meetings to discuss flood risk

Jan. 14, 2020 12:18 PM EST

VALLEY, Neb. (AP) — The National Weather Service is scheduling meetings to share information about the potential for river flooding this winter and spring in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. The two areas were socked with record flooding late last winter and early spring when heavy rain from a powerful...

Man gets 300-day sentence for crash death of passenger

Jan. 9, 2020 8:11 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A Columbus man has been sentenced to 300 days behind bars for the death of his passenger after the vehicle they were in crashed. Platte County District Court records say Martin Gomez Jr. was sentenced last week. He'd pleaded no contest to felony vehicular homicide while driving...

Biographers trace steps of Red Barber to Columbus

Dec. 29, 2019 12:01 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Red Barber's story began in Columbus, it's true. But the story of Red Barber's story began in a Chicago thrift shop. Barber, the radio broadcaster whose descriptions of Brooklyn Dodgers games, including the arrival of Jackie Robinson, during baseball's golden era made him a national...

Christmas star re-lit at Nebraska courthouse after years off

Dec. 23, 2019 3:49 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A star that once shown brightly at the top of a Nebraska courthouse was re-lit Thursday after maintenance crews found the star and refurbished it. The star had remained off until a few days ago, when someone found it collecting dirt, sleet, snow, rain and ice on the roof after years...

No rate hike for Loup power district customers in Nebraska

Dec. 22, 2019 2:45 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — Consumers who get electricity from the Loup Public Power District in eastern Nebraska won't see an increase in their electricity rates this year. The Columbus-based power district said the rates will hold steady for the third year in a row because of the district's financial...

Nebraska gambling measure gets big boost from tribal company

Dec. 21, 2019 1:18 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The economic development arm of a Nebraska-based Native American tribe is once again pumping big money into a campaign to legalize casino gambling. Ho-Chunk Inc. is bankrolling the petition ballot drive with nearly $1.5 million contributed so far to the Keep the Money in Nebraska...

Iowa man dies in Norfolk when Jeep crashes into truck

Dec. 19, 2019 6:04 PM EST

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — An Iowa man died Thursday morning in Norfolk, Nebraska, after the Jeep he was driving crossed a raised median and crashed into a truck. The Madison County Sheriff's Office said the crash happened about 9:15 a.m. Thursday when Donovan Rasmussen, 30, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, apparently...

'Flood heroes' honored for response to 2019 Nebraska flood

Dec. 17, 2019 5:38 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Dozens of people who helped respond to the 2019 Nebraska floods were honored Tuesday for work saving lives and rescuing stranded neighbors. Gov. Pete Ricketts and first lady Susanne Shore presented awards to individuals and groups that contributed to the effort. Special accolades went...

NPPD to keep electricity rates flat, and offer bill credits

Dec. 12, 2019 4:20 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's largest utility will keep electricity rates flat next year and give customers a small credit on their bills starting in February. The Nebraska Public Power District's board approved the 2020 rates on Thursday. Next year will be the seventh year in a row of stable rates for...

Pickup driver dies after hitting semi on slick highway

Dec. 12, 2019 11:33 AM EST

RICHLAND, Neb. (AP) — A pickup truck driver was killed Thursday morning when the pickup rammed into an oncoming semitrailer on U.S. Highway 30 in eastern Nebraska's Colfax County, authorities said. The crash was reported about 7:30 a.m., about a mile (1.6 kilometers) northeast of Richland. The westbound...