A consultant for the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is warning that the state's gaming industry relies heavily on Nebraska gamblers for revenue and would lose a lot of business if its western neighbor decided to allow casinos. Iowa has 18 state-licensed casinos scattered throughout the state, but nearly one-fourth of the industry's revenue comes from Nebraskans, who mostly visit casinos across the Missouri River. The consultant's report says Nebraskans generated nearly $327 million in gross revenue for Iowa casinos last year. Total gross revenue for the casinos was $1.4 billion, of which 53 percent came from Iowa gamblers. Casino supporters in Nebraska say it's unlikely the state will allow casinos soon, but the Iowa report by Union Gaming Analytics predicts it will happen eventually.
Damaged vehicles hindering Pilger tornado cleanup
Officials say damaged vehicles are hindering tornado cleanup efforts in Pilger, so the town is offering to remove them at no cost to owners. Officials say the village clerk has a "consent, release and waiver" form that vehicle owners must complete before their vehicle can be removed. Forms are available at the town's check-in location and food pavilion. The form will allow owners to transfer ownership of their vehicle to the village so it can be removed for free. Owners will not receive payment for their vehicle. Documents showing the car's title must be attached to the form.
Omaha police and the FBI are investigating an armed bank robbery involving four to six suspects. Police say officers were called to the robbery at Five Points Bank at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday. According to police, four to six males entered the bank dressed in black tops and black pants, and two of the suspects had hand guns. Police say the suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash and ran out the bank's east doors.
Omaha police say man died from gunshot wound
Police are investigating a shooting in a north Omaha neighborhood that left one man dead. Omaha police say 51-year-old Eugene Coleman Junior was killed late Saturday. Officers were called to a report of shots fired just before midnight. Coleman was taken by ambulance to Creighton University Medical Center, where he died. Officers were canvassing the neighborhood looking for witnesses. Anyone with information was asked to call the Omaha Police Homicide unit at 402-444-5656.
The dissolution of Buffalo County's townships has left a central Nebraska cemetery with an uncertain future. Reports say that the Shelton Cemetery was named after a Buffalo County town, but it's located in Hall County. The location hasn't mattered because the Shelton Cemetery Association cared for the 12 ½-acre plot of land. But the Shelton Township is set to dissolve on Jan. 1, and when it does, so will a key funding source for the cemetery. Association members who care for the cemetery are now scrambling to find a solution. The cemetery was founded in 1885, with a deed for 10 acres handwritten in calligraphy. It was expanded to its current size in 1959.
Broken Bow school superintendent resigns The superintendent of schools in Broken Bow has decided to leave his post after only two years. Mark Sievering says he realized that he and some of the school board members had different philosophies about operating the district. He says that, overall, his past two years have been the best of his career. His resignation becomes effective June 30. Sievering says he and his wife hope to remain in Broken Bow and that he's willing to leave the field of education for the right opportunity.
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