Canadian Pacific finalizes succession plan to replace CEO OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Canadian Pacific has finalized its plan to replace Chief Executive Hunter Harrison when he retires from the railroad next summer. The Calgary, Alberta-based railroad said Wednesday that it had reached agreements to promote President and Chief Operating Officer Keith Creel to CEO and retain Harrison as a consultant for three years after he retires. The 71-year-old Harrison came out of retirement to lead Canadian Pacific in 2012 after activist investor Bill Ackman took a large stake in the railroad and forced management changes. Harrison had previously led Canadian National and Illinois Central railroads. Creel had worked with Harrison at Canadian National. He joined Canadian Pacific in 2013, and has helped lead the railroad's turnaround.
Southeast Community College board sets $369M bond vote BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Voters in 15 southeast Nebraska counties will decide in November whether they want to fund a $369 million reconstruction plan for their community college district. On Tuesday the Southeast Community College Board of Governors approved a resolution to place a bond measure on the Nov. 8 ballot. The reconstruction plan calls for replacing all Beatrice campus buildings, overhauling the Milford campus and construction of a new campus in or near downtown Lincoln. The current east Lincoln campus would be focused on technical training. District officials say the estimated tax levy would be 3.9 cents per $100 of property valuation to pay off the bonds over 30 years.
Advocacy group fights against work on Keystone XL pipeline STANTON, Neb. (AP) — An advocacy group fighting against a Canadian-based company's decision to replace sections of the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska has given residents jars to gather soil and water samples from their land. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Bold Nebraska handed out the jars at a meeting in Stanton Tuesday night. The contents residents bring back in the jars will be tested by an independent lab in Omaha. U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration spokeswoman Angela Pickett says TransCanada is replacing sections of the pipeline that don't meet current government strength standards just six years after it began operating in June 2010. TransCanada spokesman Mark Cooper says the Keystone pipeline continues to operate safely, but Bold Nebraska founder Jane Kleeb says Nebraska landowners have no way to verify that.
Voters decide not to recall mayor of northeast Nebraska city MADISON, Neb. (AP) — Voters have decided not to recall the mayor of Madison in northeast Nebraska. Unofficial results from Tuesday's special election say 209 voters wanted to recall Mayor Alvin Brandl, but 264 voters did not. The canvassing board is scheduled to meet Wednesday to certify the results. Brandl had drawn fire for his appointments to city boards. A recall document filed with Madison County said Brandl's conduct in appointing officials resulted "in needless conflict, confrontation and the inability of the city to function properly." Brandl has said it's his job to make appointments and said the city is doing very well.
Scottsbluff man died in dirt bike crash, patrol says SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 34-year-old Scottsbluff man has died after crashing his dirt bike. The accident occurred in Scotts Bluff County around 2:20 p.m. Monday. The Nebraska State Patrol says Patrick Mosher drove his motorcycle out of a private driveway, crossed County Road 27 and rammed into a canal ditch. The patrol says Mosher died in the crash.
Ex-school official to stand trial in domestic violence case GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A former Shelton school superintendent will stand trial in Hall County District Court on three charges in a domestic violence case. The Grand Island Independent reports that 45-year-old Brian Redinger waived his right Tuesday to a preliminary hearing. His attorney, Kevin Knake, says Redinger and his wife would like to see the case go to trial as soon as possible. Redinger is charged with making terroristic threats and two other assault-related charges. Sheriff's investigators say that on April 10, Redinger attacked his wife, hitting her head on a car dashboard and later driving at her before she escaped to safety at a Hall County truck stop. He resigned his position as superintendent of Shelton Public Schools some weeks after his arrest.
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