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Water Bill Signed

The state of Nebraska is about to begin ramping up to a new level of water planning. Governor Dave Heinemann today signed LB 1098, a bill that's aimed at improving water management, water quality, and flood control.  The bill includes a multi-million dollar annual state contribution to the newly created water sustainability fund and the state's natural resources commission will be expanded from 16 to 27 members, to represent various groups of water users.

Heineman Pleased With Tax Cuts

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman says he's pleased with tax-cut bills approved by lawmakers, despite their rejection of proposals to lower top income-tax rates and taxable farmland values. The Republican governor says the legislative session that ends Thursday will have provided a combined $412 million in tax reductions over the next five years.

Omaha Man Guilty Of Murder

A judge has found a 27-year-old man guilty of murder in the shooting deaths of four people in Omaha last summer. Nikko Jenkins pleaded no contest Wednesday to four counts of first-degree murder and eight weapons counts. Douglas County District Court Judge Peter Batallion found him guilty on all counts.

Body Identified As Missing Man

Authorities are investigating the death of a missing 18-year-old man whose body was found in southwest Nebraska. Hitchcock County Sheriff Bryan Leggott said in a website posting that preliminary autopsy results have helped identify the body as that of Austin Wright.

Judge Rules: Graffiti Laws Do Not Protect Cars

A western Nebraska district judge has ruled that grafitti laws only protect buildings - they do not protect vehicles. An 18-year-old girl from Gering was facing grafitti charges for scrawling a racial slur on the windshield of a bi-racial student's car.

Sidney Woman Given Probation

A Sidney woman accused of stealing from a wrestling club has been given 18 months of probation. Amanda Sykora made a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to attempted theft. Prosecutors had lowered the charge and dismissed another in exchange for the plea.

Man Arrested In Shooting Outside Omaha High School

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on a homicide charge stemming from a shooting at a park across a street from Omaha's Benson High School. The suspect was identified on Wednesday as Dennis Brewer Jr.

Drought Relief Projected

There are varying degrees of drought in the Plains region, but a National Weather Service hydrologist says predicted above-normal rain this spring might ease some of the problem. Mike Gillispie in Sioux Falls expects improvement in parts of Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota.

Homestead National Monument Of America To Conduct Burn

Homestead National Monument of America will conduct a prescribed burn on more than 60 acres of its restored tallgrass prairie in southeast Nebraska. Officials say the burn will occur the first day in which favorable and safe conditions exist.

Lincoln Man Arrested For Having Pot, Guns and Thousands In Cash

Hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, more than 23 pounds of pot and several guns have been found in two different Lincoln homes.   The Narcotics Task Force tracked down 57-year-old Gary Tarrence early Tuesday evening at his apartment near 24th and "C" Street.