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Nebraska ACT Scores Top National Average, LPS Scores Improving

Some good news about this year's ACT exam scores from Nebraska High School students, where the average ACT composite score was 21.7.  That's seven-tenths of a point higher than the national average of 21.0 out of a possible score of 36.   Students in Lincoln Public Schools that took the ACT this year had a composite score of 20.7 this year, which is slightly higher than last year.

Veterans Affairs Health Care Town Hall August 26

(8-19-14) Veterans and other community members have a chance next week to voice their opinions about the Veterans Affairs health care services. The veterans' town hall will be in the auditorium of the Nebraska-Western Iowa clinic, located in Lincoln just south of 70th and O, at 9 a.m., on August 26. Public Affairs Officer, Will Ackerman, said the town hall is designed to gain open and honest feedback about the health care system. 

Increased Patrol in Hall County During State Fair

Displaying image007.png(8-19-14) The Nebraska State Patrol will bulk up its enforcement in Hall County during the last two Saturdays of August. This in response to heavy traffic due to the Nebraska State Fair. Captain Chris Kolb of Troop C-Grand Island said he hopes the visibility of the troopers will cause people to drive safety and avoid crashes.

977 Students Graduate from New Financial Literacy Program

(8-19-14) An online financial literacy education program has proven successful over its first year, according to State Treasurer Don Stenberg. The Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) sponsors the program, called Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars. Stenberg said 81 Nebraska high schools used the program during the 2013-2014 school year. That includes 2,214 students--977 of which graduated and are certified as Nebraska NEST Finacial Scholars.

Clarks Woman Dies in Three-Vehicle Accident

(8-19-14) A 25-year-old Clarks woman has been killed in a traffic accident involving three vehicles. The accident occurred a mile west of Clarks in Merrick County. The County Attorney says Heather Stroud was headed east on U.S. Highway 30 when her vehicle was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer. 

Lexington Man Gets Prison for Fatal Stabbing

(8-19-14) A 22-year-old man has been sent to prison for fatally stabbing another Lexington resident. Navor Millan pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Millan was sentenced in Dawson County District Court to consecutive sentences of 12 to 20 years for manslaughter and two to five years for using a deadly weapon.

LES Schedules Open House

The Lincoln Electric System will host an open house on the ten-year Duct Installation Project on Aug. 21. The open house will be held at Lux Middle School from 4-7 p.m. The installation of this underground duct allows for quick replacement of existing cable as it ages and begins to fail, reducing the impact to customers.

Willie Nelson, Neil Young to Play Benefit Concert in Nebraska

(8-18-14) A couple of big name musical stars are joining the fight against the Keystone X-L Pipeline. Willie Nelson and Neil Young are planning a concert on the pipeline route in northeastern Nebraska near Neligh. The proceeds of the concert will be donated to Bold Nebraska, the group leading the opposition to the pipeline, and to two groups promoting clean energy projects among Native Americans.

Overnight Storms Knock Out Power, Trees Through

(8-18-14) Powerful storm winds knocked down power lines and trees as hail pounded several parts of Nebraska Sunday night. At least one person was hospitalized after being injured Sunday by hail in northwest Nebraska's Sheridan County. Large hail was reported in Cherry County as well.

Nebraska Asked to Repay $2.5 Million in Mishandled Drug Claims

(8-18-14) Federal officials want Nebraska to repay nearly $2.5 million because they say the state mishandled some Medicaid prescription drug claims. The problem was discovered by an audit the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released earlier this month.