Nebraska News

Regulators deal with growing beer, wine industries
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Beer and wine are booming in Nebraska, and state regulators are struggling to keep up. The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission is asking lawmakers and the governor for additional staff to oversee the state's fast-growing brewpub and winery industries, and to approve liquor licenses for special events. Hobe Rupe, the commission's executive director, says the employees are needed because of the increased workload due to the popularity of locally produced beer and wines. The number of licensed brewpubs in Nebraska has grown from 21 to 37 in the last two years. The state also has 34 farm wineries this year, up from 28 in 2012. The commission also predicts that it will approve 4,300 special licenses for weddings and events such as Lincoln's Ribfest.

Nebraska town works to build new city hall
HAMPTON, Neb. (AP) — Voters in the small Nebraska town of Hampton approved spending $750,000 on a new city hall, but officials have found the project might cost more than that. The Grand Island Independent reports Hampton officials are reconsidering their options after their initial request drew only one bid for more than $900,000. Village Clerk Sue Dallegge says the current city hall is in bad shape with a leaky roof and cracks in some walls. Plus, some city equipment won't fit inside. Hampton board chairman Dane Schafer says the town will try to find a bidder who can complete the project for less than $750,000. If necessary, Hampton will revise the project to eliminate some optional elements.

Nebraska man dies after truck rear-ended by SUV
RAYMOND, Neb. (AP) — An 18-year-old Lincoln man is facing charges because police say he caused a rollover crash that killed one man and injured two other people. The Lancaster County Sheriff's office said the crash happened shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday on Highway 77 near Raymond. The 18-year-old was driving a Honda Pilot that rear-ended a Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck with three people inside. The impact sent the truck into a ditch where it rolled several times. A passenger in the truck, 50-year-old Randall Woita of Weston, was killed. The driver, 42-year-old Tamara Theye of Kearney, and another passenger, 18-year-old Rhea Woita of Wahoo, were both taken to a Lincoln hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Bibles handed out near school worry some parents
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Some parents are concerned about a group distributing Bibles near a Lincoln middle school. The Lincoln Journal Star reports a group of people distributed Gideon Bibles outside Lux Middle School last week. Parent Mary Anne Andrei complained to the district and to the American Civil Liberties Union afterward because she was concerned no one screened the people distributing Bibles. And she says the practice blurs the separation of church and state. The district's John Neal says school officials don't have authority over the group handing out Bibles because they stand on public sidewalks.

Nebraska professor to lecture on climate change
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor will lecture on climate change and lead a panel discussion on Thursday. The title of Donald Wilhite's Heuermann Lecture is "Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska." It is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. and will be held at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center auditorium, 2021 Transformation Drive, in Lincoln. The panel will include three more faculty members from UNL's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The Heuermann Lecture will coincide with the release of a report on climate change compiled by the UNL faculty members. Report copies will be available at the lecture and online afterward. Heuermann Lectures are free and open to the public.

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