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Two Lives Lost In Rollover Crash

Two teenage girls have died in a rollover crash in Merrick County. The crash happened just before 2 a.m. Saturday on a rural road.
The teens have been identified as Cheyenna Urbauer, a Senior at Grand Island Senior High and Shania Rivera, a former Senior High student.
District spokesman Jack Sheard says a crisis team is place at the school.
Investigators believe the car was eastbound when its passenger tires ran off the road. Officials believe the driver over corrected, causing the car to roll several times before landing in the south ditch.

Northwest Restructuring Continues

The Northwest Board of Education still has not set a direction in regards to the district restructuring, but Superintendent Matt Fisher thinks they are getting closer.
Fisher told KRGI News via phone that Monday’s meeting was not open for public comment however time was reserved at the end of the meeting for the public to voice their opinions to the board which he says is vital in the process.
As this process has gone along patrons of the district have certainly taken advantage of the opportunities to be heard, proof by the attendance at the last public input session where over 300 showed up to learn, listen and discuss.

Additional Content: Phone Interview with Matt Fisher with reaction from Monday's special board meeting.

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While many of us have been busy shopping on black Friday, small business Saturday and cyber Monday, today brings a chance for those less fortunate to experience the joys of the holiday season with give Tuesday.
Karen Rathke the Executive Director of the Heartland United Way says while many non profits are accepting donations today a gift to the united way will ultimately help serve the 16 agencies the United Way serves.

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Crisis Center Announces New Executive Director

Alexis Larson has been selected as the new executive Director of the Crisis Center in Grand Island.
Board President Lisa Soto says Larson brings over a decade of experience to the agency, and is also impressed with the community relationships Larson has built here in Grand Island.
Larson has been with the agency for approximately 12 years and according to Soto, has a great deal of knowledge and a deep sense of commitment to the agency. She has a thorough understanding of fundraising, community and the array of services that the Crisis Center has to offer survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Larson fills the vacancy created by Lex Ann Roach’s departure in October.
The Crisis Center, is a nonprofit organization that provides services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Additional Content: Interview with Crisis Center Board President Lisa D. Soto

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Budget Concerns To Challenge Freshman Senators

Nebraska lawmakers will face substantial budget challenges in next year's legislative session. Newly elected District 35 senator Dan Quick had a chance to hear about the budget first hand last week.
Quick says due to the budget concerns and issues with corrections, he doesn’t plan to at least at this point introduce a priority bill.
Members of the Appropriations Committee say they're likely to draw some money from the cash reserve to balance the budget, but they also want to keep emergency cash available in case state revenue remains sluggish.

Additional Content: Full Interview With Senator Quick below

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District 35 Too Close To Call. Quick Leads By A Slim 61 Votes

The race for District 35 in the state legislature remains too close to call. Elections Commissioner Dale Baker says there will be additional checks to determine a winner…

Quick says his campaign was prepared for what they knew would be a close race.

Unofficial results have Dan Quick winning 5,615 votes to 5,554 votes for Gregg Neuhaus.

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City Councilman Mike Paulick retains his seat with 58 percent of the vote over challenger Jon Billington. And Hall County Supervisor Gary Quandt won re-election over challenger Brian Whitecalf with 58 percent of the vote.

1/2 Sales Tax Increase Fails

Voters in Grand Island have voted down the proposed ½ sales tax increase that would have been used to pay for much needed infrastructure projects by a 60 to 40% margin. City Administrator Marlan Ferguson says the results were disappointing.

Ferguson says regardless of the results of ½ sales tax increase the city is committed to a balanced budget in 2018

The priority Infrastructure projects would have included sidewalk repair and construction, repairs and upgrades to underpasses at Eddy and Sycamore street, downtown parking lot repair, and traffic enhancements on Old Potash starting at Claude Road and ending on Webb road.

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