• Prisons panel votes to subpoena Nebraska governor

    (AP) - A legislative committee investigating Nebraska's prison problems has voted unanimously to subpoena Gov. Dave Heineman to testify in a hearing later this month. Read More
  • Survey says rural economy is slowing

    (AP) - A new survey suggests slower economic growth ahead in rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said Thursday falling grain prices and weak global growth are weighing down the economy in rural areas. The overall economic index for the region fell to 43.4 in October from September's already negative 48.2. The index has been steadily falling since June 2013 when it hit 60.5. The survey indexes range from 0 to 100. Any score below 50 suggests decline in the months ahead. Bankers from rural areas of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed. Read More
  • Kearney Airport receives FAA Medal of Excellence

    (NRG)- The Kearney Regional Airport annual airport certification inspection was conducted this week by the Federal Aviation Administration. The inspection revealed that the Airport is being operated in compliance with FAA guidelines. The discrepancy-free inspection results in the Kearney Regional Airport receiving the FAA Airport Certification Program Medal of Excellence. This is the fifth consecutive year the Kearney facility has received the award. Read More
  • Amundson honored with UNK Faculty Service award

    (UNK)-Stephen Amundson is the 2014 recipient of the Faculty Senate Distinguished Service Award for service to Faculty Senate at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Given since 1999, the annual award is given to past or current faculty who "demonstrate honor, integrity and seriousness" while serving on Faculty Senate. Amundson joined UNK in 1992 and is an industrial technology senior lecturer. A Faculty Senate representative since 2009, he has dedicated his career to serving the students and community of UNK. Amundson and his wife, Barbara, are strong supporters of Loper athletics, including the Loper Backers club. He chaired the Writing Intensive and Culturally Diverse committee that successfully removed the designation from courses, has been a leading promoter and planner for the World Affairs Conference, and has spent countless hours promoting international education in Kearney and abroad. The Faculty Senate Distinguished Service Award was launched by former chemistry professor David Clark following the death of David Stevenson in 1997. Professor Stevenson was a member of the history department for 30 years and served as secretary of Faculty Senate and chair of the General Studies Committee. Read More
  • Dozens of current and past state legislators endorse Ricketts

    (NRG)- Seventy-eight current and former state senators Thursday endorsed Pete Ricketts for governor. "I learned in business that you can't get much done if you don't have strong relationships with those you're working with," Ricketts said. "It's been a priority for me to create friendships and working relationships with legislators across the state. I look forward to working with the entire Legislature to bring about responsible reform and new growth in our state." "I am very pleased that Pete has made the time to build relationships with state senators," said Sen. Galen Hadley of Kearney. "He understands that good outcomes require collaborative leadership and partnerships. I look forward to working with him." Besides Hadley, other area lawmakers to endorse Ricketts include Bill Barrett, Jon Bruning, Tom Carlson, Jim Cudaback, Deb Fischer, Mike Gloor, Joel Johnson, Ed Schrock, Les Seiler, Adrian Smith and John Wightman. Read More