Fire flares up again, destroying Lexington home
LEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) - A fire that flared up has destroyed a home in the south-central city of Lexington.
Lexington radio station KRVN says residents fled unharmed when the fire first erupted a little before 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Fire Chief Dahlas Holbein says the home sustained major damage. The fire flared anew around 2 a.m. Monday, consuming the third floor.
Officials say the blaze started in the house attic and likely was caused by an electrical problem.
Panhandle deputies investigate shooting of horse
MINATARE, Neb. (AP) - The shooting of a beloved retired rodeo horse is being investigated as a felony crime in the Nebraska Panhandle.
Scotts Bluff County deputies have been gathering evidence and talking to people who were hunting in the area. No arrests have been reported, however.
The Scottsbluff Star-Herald says the horse, J.K. Tonto, was found Nov. 17 by a grandfather of rodeo competitor Kayellyn Hall on the family ranch, which sits about three miles east of Lake Minatare. One of the horse's shoulders had been shattered by a bullet, so he was euthanized.
Kayellyn Hall had owned the horse since she was 7 years old. She says it's difficult to talk about J.K.'s death without crying.
PICKUP INTO POND
Driver OK after pickup plunges into Lincoln pond
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A pickup driver was able to escape after his pickup plunged into a pond in south Lincoln.
Lincoln television station KOLN says the accident occurred a little before 9 p.m. Sunday near South 56th Street and Pine Lake Road.
Police say the northbound pickup went out of control and slid off the roadway. The pickup hit a tree that broke the driver's side window before running onto the pond and through the ice. The driver escaped through the broken window.
PICKRELL MAN KILLED
Man dies in southeast Nebraska pickup crash
ADAMS, Neb. (AP) - A 21-year-old man has died in a pickup crash in southeast Nebraska.
The Gage County Sheriff's Office says deputies were dispatched to the scene off South 162nd Road southeast of Adams around 8:15 a.m. Saturday.
Deputies found the pickup upside-down and the body of Phillip Schoen nearby. Deputies say Schoen lived outside of Pickrell.
The crash is being investigated.
Texas man named to lead Nebraska community college
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - A Texas educator has been chosen to lead Southeast Community College in Nebraska.
The college says Dr. Paul Illich is vice president for research, planning and information technology at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. Illich was selected on Friday by the Southeast Community College Board of Governors. The board's decision is tentative, pending a background check, negotiation of a contract and final approval of the contract by the board.
Illich would begin his new work on July 1, 2014, replacing President Jack Huck, who is retiring at the end of June 2014.
The district serves 15 counties in southeast Nebraska and has campuses in Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford.
Nebraska conservation program open for enrollment
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska landowners and operators have until Jan. 17 to sign up for a federal conservation program.
The Conservation Stewardship Program provides financial aid to help farmers and ranchers conserve natural resources, including water and soil. The program is run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Participants receive annual payments for the environmental benefits they produce on their operations.
Applications are accepted at any time, but the deadline for the current ranking and funding period is Jan. 17.
Craig Derickson of the Natural Resources Conservation Service says contracts have gone into effect in all 93 counties, and cover about 4.8 million acres in Nebraska. Derickson says the program is popular in Nebraska because it doesn't require farmers and ranchers to take their land out of production.
SUNDAY SCIENTIST-GENE SILENCING
UNL program to explore gene silencing for plants
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The next Sunday with a Scientist program will explore the process of gene silencing in plants.
Bin Yu is an assistant professor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and he will introduce children and families to gene silencing. The technology is used to improve crop traits and fight human disease. In gene silencing, organisms turn off the influence of certain genes.
Program visitors will compare normal plants to those that are defective in gene silencing as well as see plants with traits altered by gene silencing.
The program is scheduled to run from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Morrill Hall on UNL's City Campus.
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