Bob Kerrey to deliver lecture

LINCOLN (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey is scheduled to deliver a lecture later this month at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The title of his address: “The Appointment of John Marshall: We Got Lucky.” A university news release says Kerrey will discuss how his love for the law is a direct result of his personal experiences.

He was governor of Nebraska from 1983 to 1987 and was as a Democratic U.S. senator for the state from 1989 to 2001. He won a Medal of Honor for combat heroism while serving as a U.S. Navy SEAL officer during the Vietnam War.

His speech is part of the law school’s Attorney General Jon Bruning Public Service Lecture series. It’s set to begin at noon Oct. 17 in the Hamann Auditorium in McCollum Hall.

It’s free and open to the public.

Council allows feeding of animalsTERRYTOWN (AP) — Terrytown council members have decided to put off indefinitely a proposed ordinance that would have barred anyone from feeding geese, other waterfowl or other wild critters inside city limits.

The council had scheduled a third and final reading and vote last week. But City Attorney Libby Stobel told the council Thursday the proposal conflicts with a proposed zoning change that would allow residents to keep up to eight hens, either chicken, duck or turkey.

The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports that Stobel says the proposed ordinance defines ducks as waterfowl, so if the proposal were to be passed, people would be allowed to own ducks but not feed them.

Stobel recommended that before more discussion, council members should determine whether the ordinance was worth pursuing. They voted 4-0 to stop any further consideration of the measure.


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Woman sentenced to 10 yearsOMAHA (AP) — A Wisconsin woman has been imprisoned for sex trafficking a 16-year-old girl in Iowa and Nebraska.

Federal prosecutors say 37-year-old Brooklyn Pohl was given 10 years at her sentencing Friday in Omaha.

The prosecutors say officers made contact in November 2016 with the girl at a truck stop in the Omaha suburb of Gretna. Investigators learned that Pohl and the girl had traveled from Illinois through Iowa into Nebraska. They stayed at several motels along the way, with Pohl posting online ads offering the girl for sex acts.

Prosecutors say Pohl would help the girl negotiate prices with the customers.

The case was investigated by the Nebraska State Patrol, the FBI, the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office and the Sheboygan (Wisconsin) Police Department.

Crash kills driver, injures passengerPAXTON (AP) — Authorities say a pickup truck driver has died in a rollover crash on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska.

The crash occurred around 5 p.m. Saturday between Paxton and Sutherland. The Nebraska State Patrol says the eastbound pickup ran into the median and rolled several times after the driver overcorrected. The pickup ended up in a ditch on the north side of the westbound lanes.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. She’s been identified as 70-year-old Agnes Duran, who lived in Maryland.

The patrol says her passenger was taken to a North Platte hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He’s been identified as 75-year-old James Roberts, of Wyoming.

Fix to tunnel could reach $68MCASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The cost of long-term repairs to a failed irrigation tunnel serving farmers in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska could reach $68 million.

Goshen Irrigation District officials say they will seek more Wyoming state funding assistance once they’ve decided on a long-term solution. Meanwhile, the irrigation tunnel collapse in July raises doubts about two other aging tunnels in the system.

The failure of the century-old tunnel in July imperiled corn, sugar beets and other crops in a 150-square-mile (390-square-kilometer) area.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports a $4 million loan approved by the Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board on Thursday will repay $4 million the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation lent the district for the temporary repairs.

The temporary repairs allowed water to resume flowing Aug. 29.

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