Monday, December 26, 2016

Unusual Weather and Nebraska Stories

I wrote of our unusual Christmas weather yesterday without being aware that damage did occur in the area, about the time we recorded our high temperature. Meyer Ford 6 miles south of Seward had some empty trailers blown around; a farmstead in that area had some siding blown off; a shed a mile north of town suffered damage during high mid-afternoon winds. This was followed by a beautiful rainbow. This one pictured came from Columbus, NE.
The top 10 Nebraska stories of 2016 has already been determined by the AP news members and staffers to be: 1. Death Penalty. It was reinstated by the voters after being abolished by the Legislature.  2. Nebraska Punter Killed. Sam Foltz was killed in a Wisconsin auto accident in July. 3. Cabela's sale to Bass Pro. The 4.5 billion dollar sale was announced in October. 4. Alligator Drags Toddler. The 2-year old son of an Elkhorn couple was dragged from a Disney World beach and killed. 5. Prison Staffing: Officials continue to struggle with staffing shortages and lack of mental health and treatment services for inmates. 6. Beatrice 6: Six people who were wrongfully convicted in a 1985 rape and murder were awarded $28.1 million by a federal jury in July. 7. State Senator Cybersex: A State Senator admitted to having cybersex on a State Computer, paid a $1,000. fine, but refuses to resign. 8. Legislative Shake-up: Nearly half a dozen incumbents lose their seats in Nebraska Legislature general election races. 9. Tourism Director: The Tourism Commission fires its executive director in the wake of a blistering state audit. 10. Budget Woes: Gov. Pete Ricketts orders agencies to restrict their spending as state revenue falls dramatically short of expectations. And, all of this is just Nebraska Stories. I haven't seen the the national list but I can guess the #1 story.

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