• Arrest warrant re-called in connection to alleged armed robbery

    Update: Authorities say the arrest warrant for Elijah Carpenter, 24, has been re-called. According to the Buffalo County Sheriff's Office, Carpenter is not a suspect in the case at this time, another person is a suspect. Read More
  • Elm Creek village clerk arrested on altering checks

    (AP) - A central Nebraska village clerk has been accused of altering checks and cashing them to pay off a credit card. KRVN-AM reports ( ) the Buffalo County Sherriff's Office arrested 49-year-old Wendy Stephens Tuesday. Stephens is the village clerk in Elm Creek. According to an affidavit, a Village of Elm Creek audit revealed up to six checks believed to have been altered. The checks totaled more than $10,500 and were written from April to September. Stephens' attorney did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. Stephens is being held on $2,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 10. Read More
  • Legislative committee looks at proposed income tax cuts

    (AP) - Nebraska's civilian and military retirees are once again asking lawmakers for tax breaks, saying a package approved last year didn't go far enough. The groups argued their case Wednesday as the Revenue Committee examined three proposed tax exemptions for Social Security benefits and military retirement pay. One measure would provide a tax exemption to Nebraskans who are at least 65 years old. Another would give tax breaks to military retirees who live in Nebraska while working and collecting retirement income. A third would phase out Nebraska's tax on Social Security income. Senators are expected to focus on property taxes this year, but the committee chairman, Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island, says senators could also make changes to income tax exemptions. Read More
  • Federal judge won't delay Nebraska gay marriage case

    (AP) - A federal judge won't delay a lawsuit challenging Nebraska's gay marriage ban while the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the issue for the country. Judge Joseph Bataillon in Omaha declined a request from the Nebraska attorney general's office for the delay, saying in his ruling Tuesday that the state didn't show the delay was necessary. A spokeswoman for the attorney general declined to comment. The lawsuit was filed in November by seven same-sex couples seeking to have their marriages recognized in Nebraska despite the state's ban passed by voters in 2000. The nation's high court has announced that it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the U.S. Constitution. A ruling on cases in four other states is expected by late June. Read More
  • Sasse to lead Senate's Agriculture Subcommittee

    (AP) - Nebraska Republican Ben Sasse has been named chairman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security. A news release Wednesday announcing the appointment says the subcommittee has jurisdiction over livestock issues, agricultural marketing programs, pest and disease management, agriculture security and dairy programs. Sasse said Nebraska leads the country in red meat production and he looks forward to "standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Nebraska's producers as we promote responsible policy and keep the future of agriculture strong." Read More