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Hastings man in custody after firing off gun in town

A Hastings man is in custody this morning, after he fired off several shots at the north Burger King last night. According to News 5 TV 32 year old Clinton Mohlman is charged with making terrorist threats, use of a weapon to commit a felony, disturbing the peace, discharging a firearm within city limits, driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident. Officals arrested Mohlman after the suspect crashed into a tree outside of his home at 4th Street and Kerr Avenue.

Chambers criticizes Heineman for stance on illegal children

Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha harshly criticizes Governor Heineman for his stance on the estimate 200 illegal immigrant children who have been housed in Nebraska. Heineman's demand that the federal government tell him who the children are and where they are staying has drawn criticism from a number of groups, including the ACLU, those groups met Friday at the Capitol Rotunda for a news conference, where Sen. Chambers took aim at Heineman's response. Chambers accuses Heineman of using the situation to further his political agenda.

Heat warnings issued for area

Forecasters are urging people to take precautions as intense heat makes its way into Nebraska. The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for the eastern half of Nebraska today and tomorrow. Leslie Schaffer with the the American Red Cross says it's important to take precautions in the heat, especially for the elderly and young children. Staying inside during the hottest part of the day can be a big help. People who must work outside should take frequent breaks and drink plenty of fluids.Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s across the region and humidity will be high.

Adams County Fairfest begins day 3

Maybe the top story this week at the Adams County fair grounds has been the weather Lee Hogan explained that the cooler temperatures benefit the fair as a whole from the animals in the 4H barns to the crowed coming out to enjoy the concerts and the carnival. Sandy Himmelberg the Director of the Adams County Fair says she's expecting even bigger crowds at the fair, not only because of the weather but the fact that there is so much to do. Today Beef and Chicken will be the focus in the 4H Barns. Once Again 1230 KHAS will be broadcasting live at the Adams County Fair from 4-7.

Pilger Days begins despite tornado damage

Not even a tornado will stop Pilger from hosting its annual summer festivities.
The Pilger Days event starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight with a horseshoe tournament, a high school alumni banquet and a chance to visit the Stanton County Historical Society Museum. Festivities will continue Saturday starting at 9 a.m., with a children's story time event, a mud volleyball tournament, a lunch and barbeque, and other activities. Organizers will hold a fundraiser Saturday afternoon with a $1,000 goal. The highest contributor will get to use a Taser on Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger. The village is also hosting its annual Sweet Corn and Hamburger dinner on Aug. 6. Several 5- and 10-gallon drink containers were lost in the tornado. Containers can be left at the village clerk's office.

Downtown GI fire blamed on faulty cord

A fire that destroyed the downtown building that belonged to Rons Transmissions in GI on was caused by the failure of an electrical cord. The cause was determined through an investigation. by the Grand Island Fire Department and the Nebraska state fire marshal's office.According to a press release from the city, the investigation indicated the fire wasn't suspicious in nature but was due to an electrical issue associated with an electrical cord failure. Total damage estimates aren't yet available, but the building is considered a total loss with the exception of the space occupied by Edward's Audio and Video, which suffered light smoke and water damage.

Day 2 begins for the Adams County Fairfest

It's Day two at the Adams County Fair, and tonight country music star Lee Brice hits the stage at 8:30. Meanwhile events in the 4H arena got underway yesterday with the swine and rabbit shows. Judges there raved not only the quality but the quantity of quality of the animals being shown. Ron Seymour UNL Extension educator for Adams County says it's something the county 4H program is proud of. Today the 4H shows will get underway at 8am with the sheep show going on at 8am, followed by the therapeutic horse show at 10am and the cat and small animal show at 2pm.

State Patrol begins special enforcement for Kearney Cruise Nite

The Nebraska State Patrol says it will team up with local agencies for special enforcement efforts during Kearney Cruise Nite this week. The event draws hundreds of classic cars and thousands of people to the south-central Nebraska city. It began yesterday and runs through Sunday. Brad Kernick says the extra enforcement along with their be smart be safe campaign will hope to encourage festival goers to make good decisions. The special enforcement effort, titled "Drive to Save Lives", will be conducted by the patrol, Kearney police and the Buffalo County Sheriff's Office on Friday and Saturday.

Reactions to immigration crisis from Nebraska lawmakers and advocates

Senator Deb Fischer says something must be done to address the flood of illegal immigrant children pouring over the southern border.
It is estimated 57-Thousand children have come from Central American, unaccompanied by adults. Around 200 have been placed in Nebraska. Governor Heineman has demanded the federal government provide information about the children and where they are staying.

Nebraska Latino advocate Ben Salazar didn't mix words in calling Governor Dave Heineman a bigot. He is responding to Governor Heineman and other state elected official's reaction to "children being forced to abandon their families in Central America to seek safety and comfort in the United States". Governor Heineman wants to know who these children are and who they are staying with. Salazar says the issue is being handled and is confident state officials are over reacting. A coalition of Latino representatives from across the state will gather in Lincoln at the state capitol Friday at 10:30 am to hold a news conference. They want to send a positive and compassionate message to these children and their families that they will be welcomed with open arms. 

Cruise Nite underway in Kearney

Events also get underway today for Kearney Cruise Nite 2014. Cruise Nite Committee member Brad Kerncik says calling it "cruise night" doesn't really do it justice. Kernick says Cruise Nite brings tens of thousands of visitors and Kearney residents to downtown Kearney, with an annual economic impact is estimated at more than $3 million.

Keystone XL opponents plan participation in walk across America

Nebraska opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline will participate in a walk across the nation to draw attention to climate change. Dozens of Nebraskans are expected to join the Great March for Climate Action on Saturday for a portion of the 3,000-mile walk from Los Angeles to Washington. The group's destination for the day is the renewable energy barn built by Bold Nebraska on the pipeline's proposed route. The 10-mile walk will start at 9 a.m. at St. John's Church in Marquette. A separate mile-long walk will start at 1 p.m. near the barn northwest of York.

ADams County Fair kicks off

Over at the Adams County Fairgrounds officials are busy preparing for Fairfest 2014. Executive Director of the Adams County Fair Sandy Himmelberg says the 4H kids have already been plenty active at the fairgrounds this week. Himmelberg also says the cooler temperatures that the area has been experiencing this week should draw more attendance to this years fair. Events officially kick off tonight with opening ceremonies at 5 PM, however 4H events will get underway this morning, with the swine and Rabbit shows. The Carnival will start at 6pm. The Grandstand entertainment begins at 8:30 tonight and features the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, best known for their hit song "fishing in the dark". 1230 KHAS will be live at the Adams County Fair from 4-7 Wednesday-Friday.

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