Nebraska News

Same-sex marriage could provide business boost in Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex marriage could be good news for businesses that serve couples, from wedding planners to divorce attorneys. Businesses that help plan and stage weddings say they expect a boost from gay and lesbian couples who can now marry legally in Nebraska, instead of traveling elsewhere. Susan Madsen, general manager of the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, says she has fielded a handful of calls from couples interested in using the venue for wedding receptions. Madsen says the hotel is marketing itself in hopes of attracting more soon-to-wed couples. A 2014 study by the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute found that extending marriage rights to Nebraska same-sex couples could generate $8 million in economic activity over three years.

Police say woman kneed, spit on officer in confrontation
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police say a 19-year-old woman assaulted and spit on an officer during a confrontation at a hotel early Sunday. Officers were called to the Baymont Inn around 3 a.m. because a woman said her girlfriend had hit her, punched the hotel wall and stole her vehicle. While officers were there, the suspect returned. Police say she kneed an officer and spat in the officer's face. Once she was in custody, the woman repeatedly banged her head in the back of the police car. The woman was treated at the Nebraska Medical Center before being taken to jail. She is suspected of assault, destruction of property, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and felony assault on an officer.

Norfolk's July 4th parade held without controversy this year
NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — A year after a float comparing President Barack Obama's future presidential library to an outhouse drew sharp criticism, Norfolk's Fourth of July parade didn't generate controversy. The man who created the float that was criticized last year, Dale Remmich, was back with another display this year, but this year's version was better received. Remmich says he thinks the float he created last year was misunderstood. This year, Remmich used the same outhouse but adorned it with signs saying "Doctor Ben Carson for President" and "Prohibited: racism, bigotry, hatred." The parade drew about 80 entries this year.

July deadline set for 'Hunters Helping the Hungry' program
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska meat processors have until July 20 to apply for this year's Hunters Helping the Hungry program, which provides ground venison to needy residents. The state program contracts with local meat processors to prepare donated venison, which processors grind and distribute in 2-pound bags through a network of regional community groups. The meat ends up in local food pantries to help feed needy families. Application forms and program guidelines are available at H T T P COLON SLASH SLASH OutdoorNebraska DOT com SLASH HHH, under the "Processors and Charitable Donations" link. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will contract with eligible applicants by August 7th.

Nebraska Game and Parks to consider early teal season dates
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider 2015 early teal season dates at its meeting this month in Sidney. Commissioners will consider September 5th-20 for Low Plains and September 12th through 20th for High Plains when they convene on July 16th. Their meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the Hampton Inn in Sidney. Teal hunting season dates are set to coincide with teal migration through Nebraska, and the opening day is typically the Saturday following Labor Day. This year, because Labor Day is September 7th, an earlier opening day in the Low Plains is recommended to accommodate a 16-day season while avoiding conflicts with possible youth and regular duck season openers.

Rare Blanding's turtle could go on federal endangered list
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The rare and beautiful Blanding's turtle once thrived across the Great Lakes region and the Upper Midwest. Now that only pockets of Minnesota and Nebraska support substantial populations of the reptiles, the federal government has agreed to conduct a formal review to determine whether they should be placed on the endangered species list. The Blanding's turtle is considered threatened in Minnesota, where the Weaver Dunes of southeastern Minnesota hold one of the largest remaining populations. They're more secure but still vulnerable in the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge of north-central Nebraska. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week launched a formal assessment process to determine whether the Blanding's turtle and 20 other species nationwide should be listed as endangered or threatened. It's taking public comments through August 31st.

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