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KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - A pair from Minnesota face felony drugs charges after a traffic stop in Nebraska turned up more than 2 pounds (0.91 kilograms) of marijuana, several packages of THC concentrate wax, vape pen cartridges and concentrated marijuana edibles. The Nebraska State Patrol says a woman in the car told them all the drugs were bought in Colorado as a 21st birthday present to her. The Kearney Hub says the drugs were found Sunday when the couple’s vehicle was stopped for speeding Sunday on Interstate 80 just west of Kearney. A 32-year-old man and the 21-year-old woman, both of Mankato, Minnesota, were arrested.
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - A western Nebraska communications provider is scrambling to restore service after a wintery weekend storm toppled three of the company’s service towers in the Nebraska Panhandle. The Scottsbluff Star Herald reports that Action Communications towers near Chadron State park, southern Sheridan County and Kimball all collapsed in the Thanksgiving weekend storm. Action Communications President Rick Derr says repair crews are working to restore service. The Kimball tower housed communications systems for the Kimball County Sheriff’s Department and Nebraska State Patrol. Communication equipment from that tower has been relocated to get those emergency services restored quickly until a replacement tower can be erected.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Officials on Thursday confirmed a career military man and former superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy as the president of the University of Nebraska system. The university Board of Regents confirmed Walter “Ted” Carter as president, succeeding interim President Susan Fritz. Officials began searching for a new president after Hank Bounds left the position in mid-August, leaving Fritz to oversee the system until a permanent replacement could be found. The 60-year-old Carter had been superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, from 2014 until this year. He will be paid a base salary of $934,600 with additional pay if he meets performance goals.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River is being reduced ahead of winter, so flooded areas along the river will see some relief. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the amount of water being released from the Gavins Point dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border has been reduced to 57,000 cubic feet per second, and it will be cut further to about 27,000 cubic feet per second by mid-December. The reductions will allow the river to fall below flood stage in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri by the end of this month.
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