Nebraska News

Chelsea Clinton to visit Nebraska to campaign for her mother
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Chelsea Clinton is coming to Nebraska to campaign for her mother ahead of the state's March 5 Democratic presidential caucuses. Clinton is scheduled to visit Omaha for an organizing event on Feb. 17. The event will be free and open to the public, but no other details were released. Clinton is expected to talk about the election and how to caucus by mail and in person. Hillary Clinton is locked in a tight race with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination. Hillary Clinton lost Nebraska's Democratic caucuses in 2008 to President Barack Obama, an Illinois senator at the time. This year, Clinton has campaign staff in Omaha and Lincoln.

City, county departments save thousands with low gas prices
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Several city and county departments have seen their fuel budgets drop with unleaded gasoline below $2 a gallon at most Lincoln-area gas stations. Several departments saw fuel savings of up to 50 percent during the first six months of this fiscal year. The savings will likely help these departments pay for other climbing costs, such as bridge and road repairs. County departments spent $455,000 on fuel during the first six months of this fiscal year out of $1.4 million budgeted for the whole year. During the first half of this fiscal year, the county engineering department spent $182,000 of $630,000 budgeted for diesel fuel for the entire year. The department also spent $70,000 on unleaded gasoline out of the $120,000 budgeted for the entire year.

Piglet causes three-car crash on Interstate 80
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln police say a piglet running down Interstate 80 caused a three-car crash. The baby pig was spotted around 4:30 p.m. Friday in an eastbound lane of Interstate 80 in Lincoln. An accident report Monday shows a car stopped to avoid hitting the piglet, causing the car behind it to stop as well. This started a chain reaction of two cars being rear-ended. The people in the three cars were not hurt and neither was the piglet. Police do not know where the piglet was from, and the accident report did not say if the animal was caught.

Senator: Oversight still needed for ACCESS Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The chairwoman of a committee that investigated problems with Nebraska's public benefits service says the system has improved, but lawmakers should continue their oversight. Sen. Sara Howard of Omaha said Monday that ACCESS Nebraska has made "notable gains" in the last year, following numerous complaints about long call-waiting times. Howard urged the Legislature's Executive Board to advance her proposal to create an oversight committee in place of the investigative committee, saying the reforms still need to be monitored. ACCESS Nebraska was unveiled in 2008 as a more efficient way to help low-income residents apply for and renew public benefits. The initial system reduced the number of case workers who met with residents in person and relied more on a state website and call centers. The measure is LR418.

TD Ameritrade clients sought safer options in volatile month
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — TD Ameritrade's clients were net buyers of equities in a volatile January, but they sought out safer dividend-paying options. The online brokerage says its Investor Movement Index declined to 4.52 in January from December's 4.92. The six-point index is based on what investors are buying and selling. TD Ameritrade's Nicole Sherrod says the declining markets last month made things challenging for investors. The company's clients were logging into their accounts often to check on the markets. Some of the stocks investors bought most often were Facebook, Apple, Netflix, AT&T, Verizon and Ford. The stocks most commonly sold included Yahoo, Alibaba and Keurig Green Mountain.

Nebraska mountain lion license plate bill sent to final vote
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is one step closer to commemorating mountain lions on a special license plate that would raise money for youth wildlife education. Senators gave second-round approval Monday to legislation that would create "mountain lion conservation plates" through the Department of Motor Vehicles. The measure would impose a $5 fee for the plates, with the revenue going to a state program that educates youth about conservation. Personalized plates would cost $40. Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, well-known animal lover, has said he introduced the proposal because of the public's interest in preserving the mountain lion population. The bill requires one final vote before it goes to Gov. Pete Ricketts. The bill is LB474.

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