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Local News

Turner County Fair begins; Lake Yankton to start anew
Parker will play host to the always-popular Turner County Fair starting tonight, with a wide range of grandstand attractions and a full carnival with great rides. In addition, officials with Nebraska Game & Parks Commission will execute a full-lake fish kill next month. Listen to these stories now.


Make-A-Wish raises nearly $30,000 in Vermillion
South Dakota Make-A-Wish Foundation hosted its dinner and auction July 23 in Vermillion and raised more than $29,000 for the cause. It'll continue raising money Saturday with a motorcycle ride-through event. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and a street dance follows. Learn more or sign up.

Designs unveiled for Yankton Collector Well
Kyle Goodmanson of the City of Yankton presented options for the design of a structure that'll house the collector well as the city improves its water infrastructure. You can learn more about the project here.

 

Bonus program seeks to pay South Dakota veterans
Officials are hoping to get the word out widely to all South Dakota veterans about a financial bonus program for which they may be eligible. Veterans of the Gulf War or the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq may be eligible, according to John Fette who oversees the program in Pierre. Fette says active-duty service men and women may also be eligible for the bonus. Veterans and their families This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it about the program or to have Fette review their eligibility.

You can hear news on Classic Hits 106.3 each day starting with "Today's Tidings on the Classic Morning Show" at 6:30 a.m. News updates run each half-hour until 9 a.m., as well as at noon, 4 and 5 p.m. We also provide news for ESPN Radio 1570 AM at 5, 6, 7 and 8 a.m., at noon and at 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Thanks for listening and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

• 8/27/14 - The Yankton Community Library is seeking interested middle and high school students to form a Teen Advisory Board.  The purpose of the group is to plan and help implement special programs and events for teens and tweens, as well as make recommendations for additions to the young adult collection.  Application forms are available at the library and, when completed, can be returned at the circulation desk or to Joyce Moore, youth services librarian.  A September meeting is being planned for the new board, with the date to be announced later.  For more information on this new program, please contact the library at 668-5276.

South Dakota lawmakers are forming a task force to address child sexual abuse in the state. Public input is sought, and you can contribute your insight  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Vermillion Backpack Program helps hungry kids. You can help with contributions of time or money. Learn more.

OSHA reminds workers and employers of the need for common sense and care when it comes to safety. Get information on how to report unsafe workplaces. Call the OSHA hotline at 800-321-6742.

• With its move to Memorial Park, Yankton's Rockin' Ribfest Committee seeks volunteers. Find out how you can help this big community event here.

• Midcontinent Communications is offering its new Broadband Lifeline Assistance Program to families who qualify. Call 800-888-1300 to learn more or apply for it.

Head Start Yankton is now taking applications. Call 665-2854 to apply for your 3-to-5-year-old child.

All South Dakota veterans: Your benefits are ready. Visit this site to learn more. Veterans in college, here's information on Veterans' Assistance programs at USD and Mount Marty College.

• Avera Sacred Heart Hospital is now part of Avera @ Home, a program that can help you or your family adjust to home health care or home hospice. Learn more about the program.

• The new preliminary master plan for Yankton's recreational facilities is available. Read the plan. Give This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Traveling but concerned about road conditions? Use this link to get information or call 511 (in South Dakota.)

• Are you planning an event, conference or local sports tournament in the Yankton area? Add it to the Yankton area web calendar for 2014. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Online submissions.

• PTSD Coach Online is a service for veterans and anyone dealing with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It's a suite of 17 tools designed to help people cope with sleep problems, trauma reminders and other issues. Access PTSD Coach Online.

Veterans and National Guard soldiers are sought for a research project, "Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Alcohol Use." The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is leading this project, which includes a survey about mood, alcohol use and past military experiences and takes about three hours. It is voluntary and completely confidential. Participants receive $100 compensation for the initial interview and eligible participants who take part in a second study using an MRI will receive $300. Vets and Guard soldiers who are right-handed, between the ages of 18-45 and who have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan are eligible. To enroll or learn more, call Dawne Olson at 605-677-5170 or email her. (Active-duty troops only will be compensated if taking part in the research during off-duty times.)

• Want to help others as a volunteer? This one-stop spot from United Way of Vermillion can help you find opportunities.

True Value Company's "Painting A Brighter Future" is offering schools free paint for renovations. Nygren's True Value in Vermillion encourages all schools in their territory — which includes Vermillion and Elk Point — to apply for this program.

• Learn more about the South Dakota Workforce Initiative South Dakota Wins.

• Feeding South Dakota has recently released a study on food insecurity in South Dakota. Learn more at its website on ways to help.

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is offering a wide range of programs for toddlers through adults, and registration continues. To find out more, visit the library website for a full schedule of events.

Mentors Needed: The Clay-Union Foundation matches youth age 5-17 years old with qualified and screened adult volunteers. There are two boys and two girls to match in Elk Point, and two girls in Vermillion. Volunteers must be 18 or older and have a car. Email John Gille at or call 605-421-5050 to become a volunteer.

The City of Yankton and the Yankton Tobacco Education Coalition reminds all citizens that the Yankton Parks are tobacco-free.

If you have trouble with certain Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter features, or need a quick tutorial on uploading photos, poking someone, or adding online friends, the new "Book a Librarian" program is for you! This free program allows you to schedule 15 minutes to answer any social media question. Call Tonya or Dana at the Yankton Public Library to schedule a session, 605-668-5275.

• The Yankton Boys & Girls Club is looking for community feedback about the Boys & Girls Club. Help them out with planning for the future and take a couple minutes to fill out this survey.

The Vermillion Area Community Foundation is accepting proposals for projects to improve our community. Forms for submitting proposals by groups or organizations are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. While funds available are limited they can fully fund small one time requests or partially fund larger projects. Your annual donations to their Foundation will provide them with increasing funds each year for worthwhile projects.

Business After Hours: Are you looking for an opportunity to showcase your business and network with your peers? Sign up to host a Business After Hours event! These events generally run from 5-7 p.m. on weeknights and the hosting business provides hours d'oeuvres and refreshments. If interested email Ann or call 605-624-5571.

• The Heartland Human Society offers affordable pets. View the available animals or stop by the shelter's new digs on East Highway 50 in Yankton.

• 211 is an information and crisis helpline that provides resource information on non-profit, social service, and government programs, along with providing crisis intervention services.  It is available anytime, day or night, from anywhere in Yankton or Bon Homme counties.  More information available at helplinecenter.org.

EVENTS

Monday, August 25 - Friday, September 26
"Life Underground", Avera Sister James Care Center, a traveling historical exhibit which details the importance of hard rock mining to the Black Hills and the state.  On display at 11 am daily.  Open house, September 5, 1 pm - 4 pm.  The McNeils, 2 pm.

Monday, August 25 - Friday, September 27
"Of Broken Molds" by artist Jordan Eaton and guests, on display at the Bede Art Gallery in the lobby of the Marian Auditorium at Mount Marty College.  Open 8 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  Free reception and gallery talk, September 12, 2 pm - 4 pm.  For more information visit the gallery's webpage or contact Director, David Kahle, at (605) 668-1574 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Monday, September 1 - Tuesday, September 30
Flocking Against Cancer - Join the Yankton Pink Ladies in Flocking Against Cancer .  All proceeds go towards helping people fighting cancer in the Yankton area.  Sign up to send out our stealthy night time flockers.  Your friends and family will wake up to a flock of 24 flying pink flamingos in their yard.  Our flock will spend a day of leisure in their yard before flying off that night for their next destination.  for an extra fee we will place you in our witness protection program to ensure they never find out who called them in.  To flock your friends and family or to purchase flock insurance, please contact Pam - (605) 665-4207 or stop by Affordable Storage - 1501 W City Limits Rd; Yankton.  Or, place an order with any of the Yankton Pink Ladies dart players.

Sunday, September 21 - Saturday, September 27
Banned Books Week, Yankton Community Library.  In celebration of Banned Books Week, the Yankton Community Library is featuring a display of banned books and an interactive bulletin board with banned book trivia.  The library invites you to bring your favorite banned book and have your picture taken with it.  The picture will be posted on our "Caught Reading a Banned Book" wall.

National Employ Older Workers Week.  For more information contact Senior Community Service Employment Program administrator Mary Fleming at (605) 773-3101, Experience Works state program manager Minnie Bell at (605) 332-7991 or visit www.sdjobs.org.

Monday, September 22 - Friday, September 26
Yankton Area Literacy Council - National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week.

Monday, September 22
The University of South Dakota College of Arts & Sciences welcomes Jason Laker, Ph.D., professor of counselor education at San Jose State University, on Monday, Sept. 22.  In addition to meeting with administrators and other members of the USD community, Laker will present the lecture "Inviting and Inspiring Men to Learn" at 3:30 p.m. at Farber Hall, Vermillion.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the College of Arts & Sciences at (605) 677-5221 or go to www.usd.edu/as.

Tuesday, September 23
Aaron Fischbach, Policy Coordinator in the Federal Office of Rural Helth Policy, will present a program titled "Healthcare Reform: Potential Impacts on South Dakota and Rural America" at 3 p.m. at the University of South Dakota in room 105 of the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building.

The University of South Dakota will observe Constitution Day with the United States Court of Appeals 8th Circuit Court and three oral argument sessions.  Court room inside the School of Law; 9:30 a.m.  For more information contact the USD School of Law (605) 677-5443.

Wednesday, September 24
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation will host Job Search Assistance Programs at 3113 Spruce St. Ste. 124; Yankton.  4 p.m.  For more information, call (605) 668-2900 or visit www.sdjobs.org.

"Age of Anxiety" - Joseph Bottom.  Mount Marty Noon Forum Series.  South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty.  Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria.  12 p.m.

Student certificate awards.  5 p.m., Yankton Library.  Yankton Area Literacy Council - National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week.

Thursday, September 25
Earth Days Planning Committee (EDPC) meeting in the Kozak Community Room of the Vermillion Public Library.  For more information visit www.GreeningVermillion.org

The Yankton Community Library is hosting Norman Wright as he presents "135 Years of Care: The South Dakota Human Services Center from Its Territorial Roots to the Present" on Thursday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m.  515 Walnut Street; Yankton.  For further information, contact the library at (605) 668-5276.

Wine Walk - Historic Downtown Yankton.  4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Stop at the participating businesses to sample delicious wine options for the upcoming holiday season while taking advantage of their in-store specials.  Bicknell Studios, Lily Crest Cottage, Lisa's Fashions/Holiday Party, Monta's Framing & Floral, Rexall Drug, Riverside Boutique, Riverfront Event Center, Royal Sport Shop, Temari Designs LLC.  For more information call Karen

Statehood Celebration - Hot Springs.  A new statue of a water-bearing maiden will be unveiled at a refurbished gazebo near the Kidney Spring.  A 66/125 Burr Oak sapling will also be planted there and the high school and community bands will perform.  Cake and refreshments will also be served at the State Home Auditorium.  The local history project is the restoration of 1891 sandstone buildings.  For more information visit 125.sd.gov.

Friday, September 26
The Yankton Democratic Party will be hosting an informational and social meet and greet at 5 p.m. outside of the Yankton Democratic Party headquarter located at the corner of 3rd Street and Capital (232 Capital Street) in Historic Downtown Yankton.

Friday, September 26 - Saturday, September 27
Yankton College Board of Trustees and the Alumni Advisory Board fall meetings.  For more information call the Yankton College office at (605) 665-3661 or visit www.yanktoncollege.org.

Friday, September 26 - Sunday, October 5
"Next to Normal", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre.  Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion.  For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visit www.usd.edu/theatre.

Saturday, Sept. 27
Get to the Point Half-Marathon, 8 a.m. at 1000 W. Main St., Elk Point. This new event in Elk Point supports the Clay-Union Foundation and its efforts to support youth. Online registration information. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information.

Monday, September 29 - Friday, October 3
South Dakota Manufacturing Week.  For more information visit www.yanktonsd.com/manufacturing.

Tuesday, September 30
Lecture "Benedict's Dakota: Themes of the Rule as Lived on the Plains", by author Kathleen Norris, Marian Auditorium at Mount Marty College, 7:30 pm.  For more information on the event, please contact Andy Henrickson, Benedictine Institute Director at (605) 668-1495 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Wednesday, October 1
Michele Mechling - Artists & Authors series.  Vermillion Public Library; 7 p.m.  For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.

Thursday, October 2
"Islam: Tensions and Traditions" - Dr. Paul Anders.  Mount Marty Noon Forum Series.  South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty.  Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria.  12 p.m.

"The Yellow Dress" - A dramatic one-woman play based on the stories of young women who were victims of dating violence.  Marian Auditorium; Mount Marty College; 7 p.m.

Friday, October 3 - Saturday, October 4
Church Women United state assembly.  First United Methodist Church; 11th and Cedar; Yankton.  For more information visit www.churchwomen.org.

Friday, October 3 - Sunday, October 5
Vermillion High School Double-Feature Theatre Weekend.  "The Birthday Knife" & "The Uninvited" - Tickets will available at the door.  The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, and admission is free to those with a Vermillion School District activity card.  Vermillion High School Performing Arts Center.

Saturday, October 4
Michele Mechling - Picture This workshop.  Vermillion Public Library; 2 p.m.
For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.

Statehood Celebration - White Lake.  The annual Chili Cook-Off will have a statehood history theme with several events on the new and improved Main Street.  Activities will include square dancing lessons, an old time photo booth, book readings for children, displays of history books, buggy rides, hay rides, costume contests, kangaroo court, old-time kid games and an antique car, tractor and machinery show.  For more information visit 125.sd.gov.

Habitat for Humanity Statewide Fall Event in Yankton.  Bella's Restaurant; 121 W 3rd St.; Yankton.  For more information call (605) 696-8480 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sunday, October 5 - Saturday, October 11
100th Dakota Days celebration, University of South Dakota.  For more information visit www.usd.edu/dakotadays.

Monday, October 6
"Rockets to the Rescue", the 2014 National Youth Science Day program sponsored by the Yankton County 4-H.  3:45 p.m.  Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut; Yankton.  For more information contact the library at (605) 668-5276.

Wednesday, October 8
Kaiya Ansorge - Long Overdue series.  Vermillion Public Library; 7 p.m.
For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.

Thursday, October 9
"Sleep - The Most Important Thing We Do" - Abby Goeken.  Mount Marty Noon Forum Series.  South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty.  Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria.  12 p.m.

Friday, October 10
Vermillion Light and Power will host a customer appreciation open house in recognition of Public Power Week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Complimentary hamburgers and brats will be served for lunch.  The open house will be held at the Municipal Service Center; 115 West Duke St.; Vermillion.

Wednesday, October 15
Wessington Springs will be South Dakota's Capital for a Day.  The Governor's activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, business tours around town and a social hour with the public.  The Governor will also hold a roundtable meeting for community leaders to meet and discuss the needs of the city.

Thursday, October 16
Historic Preservation Ordinance volunteer meeting, G.A.R. Hall; Yankton.  7 p.m.

"Visual Communication" - Dr. Jane Venes.  Mount Marty Noon Forum Series.  South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty.  Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria.  12 p.m.

Sunday, October 26
Yankton Youth Soccer Association Annual General Meeting.  6 p.m.; Summit Activities Center; Yankton.  For more information contact Deb Lillie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Monday, October 27
The Yankton Chamber and Interchange will host the Yankton County Commission and County Auditor candidates at Minervas.  Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. with the forum beginning at 12 p.m. and ending at 1 p.m.  Lunch will be $10 and is optional.  RSVP's are requested for all attendees for seating.

Tuesday, October 28
The Yankton Chamber and the local media will host the Yankton County Commission candidates, the County Audiotr candidates and the District 18 House and Senate candidates at the Regional Technical Educational Center (RTEC).  The County Commission Forum will begin at 7 p.m., the county auditor candidates at 8 p.m. and the District 18 candidates at 8:30 p.m.  KVHT will provide live streaming during the event.  For event details, visit www.yanktonsd.com/candidate.

Thursday, October 30
"Pope Francis: Where are Your Red Shoes" - Dr. Theresa Lafferty.  Mount Marty Noon Forum Series.  South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty.  Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria.  12 p.m.

Friday, October 31 & Saturday, November 1
Harvest Halloween Festival, downtown Yankton.  For more information visit www.harvesthalloween.com.

Monday, November 3
The Yankton Chamber and Interchanges will host the District 18 House and Senate candidates at Minervas.  Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. with the forum beginning at 12 p.m. and ending at 1 p.m.  Lunch will be $10 and is optional.  RSVP's are requested for all attendees for seating.

Thursday, November 6
"I Would Walk 500 Miles: The Way of St. James" - Jordan and Rebecca Foos.  Mount Marty Noon Forum Series.  South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty.  Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria.  12 p.m.
Silver Threads Health & Product Fair, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  320 W Main Street; Vermillion.  For more information call (605) 624-8072.

Thursday, November 13
"The World War One Correspondence of John and Anna Warns" - Dr. Rich Lofthus.  Mount Marty Noon Forum Series.  South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty.  Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria.  12 p.m.

Thursday, November 20
"A Topical Vacation: Collecting Stamps by Topic" - Dr. Terry Nelson.  Mount Marty Noon Forum Series.  South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty.  Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria.  12 p.m.

Friday, November 21 - Sunday, December 7
"Romeo and Juliet", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre.  Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion.  For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visit www.usd.edu/theatre.

Thursday, December 4
"Update on the MMC 'Interpret a Genome' Project" - Dr. Vicki Geiser.  Mount Marty Noon Forum Series.  South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty.  Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria.  12 p.m.

Thursday, February 19 - Sunday, February 22
"Stand Off at HWY #37", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre.  Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion.  For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visit www.usd.edu/theatre.

Thursday, April 16 - Monday, April 27
"Seussical", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre.  Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion.  For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visit www.usd.edu/theatre.

2015

Saturday, July 11
The Fort to Field 50 Paddle Battle, a 50-mile race for kayaks and canoes on the Missouri National Recreational River. Learn more.

Iowa News

Branstad campaign sets more modest goals
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Back in 2010, Governor Terry Branstad pledged to create jobs, boost incomes and reduce government spending as part of his bid to return to office. Four years later, his re-election campaign promises are far less ambitious. The Republican governor — who holds a significant lead over Democrat Jack Hatch in recent polls — has released just a handful of policy proposals so far in his run for a sixth non-consecutive term. All are modest in nature, dealing with issues like college tuition and Internet access. Much of his campaign trail chat is about his recent achievements in office, including collaborating with the Legislature on a property tax cut and new education spending. Branstad said the agenda he laid out in 2010 was always meant to take five years, so he's still working to meet those targets. Hatch, a state lawmaker from Des Moines, said Branstad doesn't want to create high expectations for another term. "He can't even meet the promises he made four years ago," Hatch said.

Iowa county faces criticism for $7M tax break plan
HARRIS, Iowa (AP) — Residents are criticizing a northwest Iowa county's plan to use $6.9 million in tax breaks to improve roads around a major egg processor and rehabilitate an old school. The Des Moines Register reports the plan Osceola County officials are considering could also force one area school district to raise taxes because tax revenue from 60 wind turbines would be diverted for the projects. Farmer Al Brueggeman said he's upset that this plan has been developed with little public input. "The thing is, this has been kept so quiet," said Brueggeman, who farms 800 acres of corn and beans near Harris. "There's been no honesty, integrity or transparency." The county board plans to hold a meeting about the plan Tuesday morning, but officials declined to discuss the details beforehand.

Old Sioux City riverboat casino to be removed soon
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City officials say the old Argosy riverboat casino might not be removed before the deadline. Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott tells the Sioux City Journal he's concerned the old casino won't be gone by the September 28th deadline. The old Argosy Sioux City casino closed July 30 after losing a lengthy court fight to remain open. It remains moored on Larsen Park Road. Penn National gaming spokeswoman Karen Bailey says the company is working on removing the old casino, but she declined to discuss specific plans. City Manager Bob Padmore says the area will likely be converted to a green space after the casino is gone. The area could be used for something else once ongoing construction on Interstate 29 nearby is complete.

Man shot by Des Moines officers has died
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man who Des Moines officers shot after they said he menaced them with a knife and wouldn't put it down has died. The man, Brian Beeler of Des Moines, died at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Sergeant Jason Halifax says in a news release. Halifax said Officer Peter Wilson and Officer Cody Willis remain on administrative leave and the internal investigation of the shooting will continue. Police had said earlier that two officers sent to investigate a report of a domestic dispute Wednesday night met a woman and her 41-year-old nephew. The officers said the man had two knives in his waistband and wouldn't obey their orders. He grabbed one knife and moved toward the officers, they said. One officer fired a stun gun at the man but missed. The officers said Beeler kept moving toward them, so they fired their handguns.

Iowa man dies almost 2 weeks after shooting
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa man who was shot twice in the chest earlier this month died Sunday morning. The Sioux City Journal reports police are continuing to investigate the death of 66-year-old Ben Steffe of Sioux City, but charges against a suspect last week because there wasn't enough evidence. Police have said someone entered Steffe's home and shot him shortly before 7 a.m. on September 9th. One of Steffe's nephews was originally charged with the shooting, but Steffe said the gunman wore a mask and he couldn't positively identify the shooter. Steffe also had trouble answering investigators' questions because of the gunshot wounds. Officer Jeremy McClure said Sunday that an autopsy would be performed on Steffe's body.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

 

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.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

 

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