CHILD CARE SUBSIDY
Neb. bill could help parents using child care aid
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska parents could soon have the ability to take a pay raise and keep their child care subsidy.
A bill introduced by Senator Tanya Cook of Omaha would disregard 10 percent of income when determining eligibility for Nebraska's child care subsidy program. The disregard would apply after 12 continuous months on the program.
Cook says parents now earning $1 more than the income requirement become ineligible for the subsidy.
Cook wants to provide breathing room for those who may be in a transition, such as a divorce.
Aubrey Mancuso, of Voices for Children in Nebraska, says the bill addresses the so-called cliff effect, which encourages people to stay at a lower income to keep their subsidy eligibility.
The bill is LB359.
STUN GUN ASSAULT
Nebraska woman accused of using stun gun
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) - A North Platte woman has been charged with assault and other counts after being accused of using a stun gun on another woman during an argument.
The North Platte Telegraph reports that 30-year-old Julie Bowman is charged with aggravated assault, burglary and a weapons count.
Police say a woman reported that she and Bowman had been arguing on the phone Thursday before Bowman came to her house, broke in and brandished a knife. The woman said Bowman then dropped the knife, pulled out a Taser and stunned her with it.
The victim said Bowman left her house with several DVDs. Bowman was arrested a short time later.
Wyoming woman dies in western Nebraska crash
LYMAN, Neb. (AP) - A 19-year-old Wyoming woman had died in a one-vehicle crash in western Nebraska.
Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman tells the Scottsbluff Star-Herald that Kaylie Rae Haun of Torrington, Wyoming died in the Friday night crash near Lyman.
Authorities pronounced Haun, a former Mitchell resident, dead at the scene.
The Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Department says Haun had been traveling northbound on a county between Lyman and Henry when she lost control of her vehicle, ran off the road into a ditch and rolled several times.
Investigators say Haun was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle.
Nebraska man killed in rollover crash
WALTHILL, Neb. (AP) - A 24-year-old Walthill man is dead after a rollover crash in northeast Nebraska.
The Norfolk Daily News reports that Adam Joseph Zendejas was killed in the Friday morning crash on Highway 94.
Investigators say Zendejas was a passenger in the SUV that crossed the highway's center line, entered a ditch and rolled around 6:40 a.m.
The name of the driver had not been released. The accident is still under investigation.
The Thurston County Sheriff's Office is assisting the Nebraska State Patrol in the investigation.
Police to hold gun amnesty in south Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Omaha Police Department is co-sponsoring a Gun Amnesty Day to collect unwanted or illegal guns and ammunition.
The latest event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 15th at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall in south Omaha. Police say guns may be dropped off at the hall with no questions asked, but police will document all firearms. If a gun is linked to a crime or reported stolen, police will investigate.
Police say all guns and ammunition that are turned in are destroyed.
Roosters seized from Grand Island mobile home
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - A central Nebraska shelter is caring for some feathered friends after officers seized several roosters from a Grand Island mobile home.
The Grand Island Independent reports that police were called to the home for a report of kids trying to fight roosters.
When an officer and an animal control worker arrived Wednesday afternoon, they found eight roosters, two of which were dead.
While city law allows some residents to have chickens, roosters aren't allowed in city limits.
An officer told a man who claimed the birds that he isn't allowed to have roosters on his property. The roosters were impounded, and Human Society officials are waiting to see if they will be surrendered, returned to the owner or if there will be a court hearing on the matter.
Neb. prosecutor appeals dismissal of hate crime
GERING, Neb. (AP) - Scotts Bluff County prosecutors have appealed a judge's dismissal of a hate crime count against a teen accused of writing a racial epithet on a classmate's car window.
The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports that Scotts Bluff County Attorney Jeremy Anderson appeared at a hearing on his appeal Friday, and will later submit a brief outlining his arguments against County Judge James Worden's dismissal of the case.
Last month, Worden ended a trial and dismissed the case against 18-year-old Alysha Schwartzkopf of Gering.
Prosecutors say that Schwartzkopf scrawled a racial epithet in 2013 on the car windows of a Gering High School senior who is biracial.
But Worden agreed with Schwartzkopf's attorney, who said state law regarding graffiti applied only to buildings and other structures, not car windows.
THREE-YEAR COLLEGE DEGREE
Nebraska college offering 3-year college degree
CRETE, Neb. (AP) - Doane College in southeast Nebraska's has announced it will begin offering a new three-year undergraduate degree in computer science, math and history.
Doane says it is the first private liberal arts and sciences college in Nebraska to offer a three-year undergraduate degree program that comes backed with a graduation guarantee. The program would save students and their parents on the cost of a college degree.
Students must apply for the program, and eligibility and acceptance are based on GPA, ACT/SAT scores and credits earned prior to enrollment.
The program is set to launch in the fall of 2014, with plans to expand to more areas of study in the future.
Creighton's McDermott scores 45, goes over 3,000
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Doug McDermott scored a career-high 45 points and became the eighth player in Division I history to go over 3,000 for a career, and Number 13 Creighton rolled to an 88-73 victory over Providence Saturday night.
McDermott passed the milestone with a 3-pointer midway through the second half. After the ball went in, he ran backward with his right hand in the air, three fingers raised. At the next timeout Doug and his coach-father, Greg McDermott, shared a long embrace on the court as the team huddled at the bench.
McDermott scored 22 points in the first half as the Bluejays (24-6, 14-4 Big East) put away the Friars (20-11, 10-8) quickly.
Bryce Cotton, the Big East's second-leading scorer, had all of his 23 points in the second half for Providence. LaDontae Henton added 21.
No. 16 Nebraska crushes No. 19 Michigan St. 86-58
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (AP) - Tear'a Laudermill scored 20 points and Rachel Theriot added 18 as Number 16 ranked Nebraska surged to a 50-point first half in beating 19th ranked Michigan State 86-58 yesterday in the Big Ten semifinals.
The Cornhuskers (24-6) advance to the Big Ten tournament championship game against Number 23 Iowa, the fifth-seeded team, later today.
Nebraska was on top 24-17 in the first half prior to Laudermill's 3-pointer that capped a 9-0 Cornhusker run and stretched the lead to 33-17 over Michigan State (22-9). Over the next 6 minutes, Nebraska upped that margin to 23 points and led the Spartans 50-27 at the break.
The Cornhuskers scored first in the second period, opening a 26-point lead, and coasted the remainder of the half, while shooting 52 percent from the floor.
Branndais Agee led Spartan scorers with 18 points.
Huskers' Jamal Turner opens spring practice at QB
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Wide receiver Jamal Turner spent most of Nebraska's first spring football practice working at quarterback.
The Cornhuskers have a returning starter in Tommy Armstrong and a highly regarded top challenger in Johnny Stanton. But coach Bo Pelini said Saturday he wants to explore all options this spring.
Turner was recruited as a quarterback in 2011 but switched to receiver early his freshman year. He's made 60 catches for 762 yards and four touchdowns the past three seasons.
He was limited to eight games because of injury last season and caught 13 balls for 102 yards and a TD.
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