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NEBRASKA JOBS-HEINEMAN

Governor announces Nebraska job-searching app

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The state is launching a new mobile app for smartphones and tablets that will help Nebraskans search for available jobs in the state.

The free app is an extension of NEworks.nebraska.gov, the Nebraska Department of Labor's job site that matches employers with qualified candidates.

Gov. Dave Heineman announced the launch of the new app on Wednesday. Heineman says both employers and job seekers will benefit from it.

The governor's office says there are approximately 35,000 Nebraska jobs posted on NEworks and nearly 25,000 resumes of qualified job seekers. The mobile app gives users the option to search jobs by company, job title and location. The app is available for download on both Android and Apple devices.

LEXINGTON TODDLER INJURED

Lexington pair accused of injuring toddler

LEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) - A Lexington woman and her boyfriend have been charged with child abuse, accused of injuring her 17-month-old son.

Lexington radio station KRVN says 20-year-old Kelsey Dangler was arraigned on Tuesday. Her attorney didn't immediately return a call Wednesday from The Associated Press.

Her boyfriend is 21-year-old Christopher Perez, of North Platte. He's already been arraigned on the same felony charge. Perez's attorney, Bob Lindemeier (LIHN'-deh-meye-ur), says Perez intends to plead not guilty.

Authorities say Dangler took her son, Zachary Simite, to Lexington Regional Health Center on Feb. 18. Court documents say Dangler told police that Perez fell on the child while they were playing. Medical personnel say the boy's injuries were not consistent with Dangler's account.

SMALL PLANE CRASH

Report blames pilot for fatal Nebraska plane crash

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) - Federal investigators blame the pilot for the crash of a small plane nearly a year ago in northeast Nebraska.

Omaha television station KMTV says the National Transportation Safety Board has ruled out mechanical problems for the April 27, 2013, crash about two miles southeast of Norfolk. The pilot, 26-year-old Dale Butler, and passenger, 24-year-old Amy Brobst, of Fort Collins, Colo., were killed.

The board report says the accident was caused by Butler's decision "to fly at a low altitude and his subsequent failure to see and avoid power lines." The report says the pilot might not have seen the lower power lines the plane struck because he may have been focused on a set of high tension power lines about a half-mile from the crash site.

NORTH PLATTE FIRE

Man injured by fire at North Platte house

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) - A man has been injured in a fire that started in the basement of a house in North Platte.

The North Platte Fire Department says crews were dispatched a little after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Fire Chief Dennis Thompson says firefighters found the man at the back door of the house. They pulled him outside and began CPR.

The man was taken to Great Plains Regional Medical Center and then flown to a Lincoln hospital. Thompson says the man had suffered airway burns from smoke and heat in the house.

The man was identified as 58-year-old Randy Mills.

Investigators say the fire began in the basement but weren't sure of the cause yet.

COSTLY COURTHOUSE-NEW JUDGE

Hall County to carve out space for new judge

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Hall County officials have decided to carve out space in the cramped courthouse to make room for a new, part-time judge.

On Tuesday the Board of Supervisors authorized spending upward of $40,000 to create the third county courtroom. The judge is expected to start work in about 60 days.

The courthouse's self-help room will be turned into a judge's chambers and hearing room.

ARBOR DAY-NEBRASKA

Arbor Day history, celebrations rooted in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - People across the nation will observe Arbor Day on Friday, but no state will celebrate with as much fervor as Nebraska, where the celebration of trees got its start 142 years ago.

Like elsewhere, Nebraskans will plant trees and children will read poetry and join in coloring contests. But unlike other states many public offices will close - it's the only state in which Arbor Day is a paid holiday for state workers.

Nebraska City's J. Sterling Morton first proposed the tree-planting holiday in 1872. Morton was a newspaper editor and secretary of the Nebraska Territory.

The city's celebration this year includes a parade, chili cook-off, home and garden show and a run.

The holiday typically attracts less attention in other states, where it can be overshadowed by Earth Day.

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