LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts isn't giving up on his push to lower property taxes after his proposal to lawmakers stalled in this year's session. Ricketts says in an Associated Press interview he'll keep trying to build a coalition of supporters large enough to overcome senators who oppose it. The governor's property and corporate income tax package was derailed by a filibuster during the legislative session that ended Wednesday.
PERU, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska State College Board of Trustees has approved a 2.9 percent increase in tuition at the state's three state colleges. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the trustees approved the increase Friday during a meeting at Peru State College. The move means tuition at Peru State, Wayne State and Chadron State will rise for resident students to $177 per credit hour, up from $172.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha organization founded nearly 50 years ago by a librarian wanting to help people improve their literacy skills will soon be closing. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Literacy Center of the Midlands will close permanently April 17. The center stopped offering classes April 11. The Literacy Center's board voted last month to dissolve the center when they learned they didn't have enough money to stay open. Some volunteers will continue tutoring students despite the center's closing.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A former Omaha police officer charged with misdemeanor assault for his role in the stun gun-related death of a mentally ill Oklahoma man last year will stand trial next year. The Omaha World-Herald reports that 27-year-old Ryan McClarty will stand trial in January for a count of third-degree assault in the June incident that led to the death of 29-year-old Zachary Bearheels.
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