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A Hastings woman accused of causing a toddler to choke to death made her initial court appearance this morning. 33-year-old Azudany Serrano-Contreras was extradited to Hastings from Texas yesterday on a charge of felony intentional child abuse causing death. An arrest affidavit alleges she stuffed a baby wipe down the throat of 19-month ol...
More than 200 cowboys and cowgirls will make their way to Hastings this weekend for the 24th annual Oregon Trail Rodeo, with nearly $50,000 up for grabs. The event has several national and world champion competitors coming to Hastings. "Sage Kimsey, who is leading the world standings in bull riding and is last year's world champi...
Nebraska is joining a national effort this weekend aimed at reducing traffic fatalities. It's called the I-80/I-35 Challenge. Colonel Bradley Rice, Supt. of the Nebraska State Patrol says August is one of the deadliest months for travelers and that officials are aiming for zero fatalities during this special enforcement. "During t...
Hall County Supervisors have named an interim jail director. By a unanimous vote this morning, former Richardson County Sheriff Randy Houser was approved for the position. Houser will begin his duties tomorrow. He replaces former director Fred Ruiz who was ousted last week following an investigation of his management style and jail operati...
A Hastings couple was displaced from their mobile home after a fire last night. Dennis and Joan Clark narrowly escaped the fire thanks the quick action of their neighbor Jorge Calderon who first noticed the flames. "He went to the door, alerted them and helped Mr. Clark out the front door, passed the fire. The fire grew to engulf ...
The Kearney Police Department is investigating a recent string of burglaries involving homes, garages and a local church in southeast Kearney. The most notable incident occurred sometime Friday morning when someone broke into a home in the 1400 block of Avenue I and stole a safe containing more than $17,000 in cash and jewelry. Similar ...
Hastings Public Schools continue to see improvement district wide in reading proficiency. The district announced today the results of the latest NeSA reading, math and science scores. For a fifth consecutive year, the elementary schools made significant improvements in reading, most notably at the third grade level which was at 58 percent...
One of Grand Island's major manufacturers has announced more layoffs due to current market conditions. Case New Holland Industrial says approximately 70 full-time employees will be laid off at its Grand Island plant, which manufactures combines. According to company spokeswoman Kathleen Prause, the layoffs are indefinite and will begin in ...
A local fast food restaurant is helping out the Hastings Public Library. All three Hastings Runza locations tomorrow will donate 15 percent of its sales to the library as part of the Great Books for Great Kids fundraiser. Beth McCracken, education librarian explains how the funds will be used. "One hundred percent of the proceeds ...
The City of Grand Island has trimmed its new employee list ahead of today's continued budget discussions. The city's library had hoped to hire an Assistant Director, a position that was eliminated from the library a few years ago due to budget cuts. After discussions began last week city officials have decided to cut that position. The pr...
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