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Governor Pete Ricketts has signed a bill designed to keep the state's cigar bars in business. The new law approved yesterday authorizes cigar smoking in licensed establishments. Paul Hamelink, the owner of Paul's Cigar Bar in Hastings says work on the legislation began after the Nebraska Supreme Court struck down a 2009 law that allowed p...
Hastings High is one of 40 Nebraska high schools to participate in the first Nebraska Microsoft Information Technology (IT) Initiative. The Initiative is a partnership with the Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska Career and Technical Education, Microsoft, and Certiport. Through this Initiative, Nebraska high school students can earn...
On Friday morning, the Central Nebraska Regional Airport announced it is renewing its contract with American Airlines. The new contract will save the Grand Island airport more than $5 million from the previous contract. The contract will cost about $1.27 million, compared to the old contract which was around $1.8 million. Executi...
A farm implement plant in Grand Island will be eliminating the jobs of 136 more employees. CNH Industrial America said Thursday that the indefinite layoffs result from market conditions and that they will begin in May and be finished by July. Just last August, the company announced layoffs of 170 full-time company staffers and 68 ...
A bill that would allow more women to qualify for Medicaid family planning services has stalled in the Nebraska Legislature. Supporters fell two votes short Thursday of the 25 needed to advance it, while 21 lawmakers opposed it. Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha says his measure would have prevented unwanted pregnancies, saving the...
A Lincoln-based porn site operator is looking for the best spot near Grand Island to open a strip club. Shane Harrington says the locations he's considering could be bought, remodeled and opened within four months. Harrington says that he's been in the adult website business for about 14 years and has run other clubs. ...
Two Kearney non-profit health care organizations have received a major financial contribution. Plains Physical Organization and CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital have teamed up to donate $436,000 to both the new Kearney HelpCare Clinic and Collage, an organization that provides a safe haven for women who have had unplanned pregnancies. Th...
More than a half-million dollars has been raised in the 2014-15 campaign for the United Way of South Central Nebraska. The campaign continues through June 30. Michele Henke is the executive director. She says the United Way was happy to make the announcement this week. "Right now we're sitting at just over $508,000. Our goal was s...
The City of Kearney is moving forward on more than $12 million worth of street and capital improvement projects. At a public hearing last night, City Engineer Bruce Grupe provided a description of the 25 different projects slated for completion during the year. One of the high priority areas is in the vicinity of the new Kearney High Scho...
A special election will decide the fate of a thoroughfare through the Hastings College campus. On Tuesday, the Hastings City Council voted 7-0 in favor of letting voters decide whether or not to repeal an ordinance that would shut 9th Street down from Elm to Ash Avenues. The council decided to have the election go through a mail...
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