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UNEMPLOYMENT PAYMENTS RECOVERY

Nebraska recovering jobless benefits overpayments

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Labor Department says it's recovered nearly $5.8 million so far this year from people who were given too much unemployment pay, either because of errors or because they lied on their applications.

The department said in a news release Friday that the total includes more than $2.7 million recovered through the federal Treasury Offset Program. The program can tap federal tax refunds of unemployment insurance claimants who commit fraud or reporting errors.

Nebraska has an unemployment insurance fraud rate of about 1 percent, compared with the national average of around 2.7 percent as of last year.

The Treasury Offset Program was instituted in Nebraska in February 2013. In addition to the $2.7 million recovered so far this year, the program recovered more than $2 million last year.

COLUMBUS HOMICIDE

Nebraska man's trial set in grandmother's slaying

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - A January trial has been scheduled for a 19-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing his grandmother at the home she shared with him in Columbus.

The Columbus Telegram says Chase Micklevitz stood silently at an arraignment hearing Wednesday in Platte Country District Court, so a plea of not guilty was entered. His trial on charges of second-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon is set to begin Jan. 5.

Police say he stabbed 58-year-old Deanna Micklevitz four times on July 30 with a kitchen knife at her home. She was taken to Columbus Community Hospital and then flown to a Lincoln hospital, where she was pronounced dead upon her arrival.

BOONE COUNTY FATALITY

Greeley man dies in Boone County accident

ALBION, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a Greeley man has been killed in a traffic accident in east-central Nebraska.

The Boone County Sheriff's Office says Harold Wondercheck died on Wednesday night. Hastings television station KHAS says the accident occurred at a highway junction in Boone County.

The crash is being investigated by the Sheriff's Office and the Nebraska State Patrol.

BOND ISSUE-GRAND ISLAND

Grand Island $69.9M school bond ballots mailed

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Ballots have been mailed for Grand Island Public Schools' proposed $69.9 million school bond measure.

The money will pay for new and replacement schools and renovation and expansion projects. The measure would add about 8 cents per $100 of assessed value to the district's tax levy, or about $80 a year on a $100,000 home.

The all-mail election ends on Sept. 9.

GUN RANGE-LIQUOR LICENSE

Nebraska OKs beer sales at Omaha gun range

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska panel has unanimously approved a liquor license for a gun range owned by the city of Omaha.

The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission on Thursday sanctioned beer and wine sales at the Harry A. Koch Trap & Skeet Range. Omaha Parks and Recreation says patrons will only be allowed to drink after shooting. They say the move will up attendance at the city-owned facility and therefore generate revenue for Omaha.

The commissioners had expressed concern about selling alcohol at a facility where shotguns are used. City officials say a software system will track who has purchased beer and prevent them from shooting.

The city recently invested $300,000 to renovate the range's clubhouse after taking over management from private contractors who had operated it for decades.

SUBSIDIZED PHONES

Nebraska court gives phone company second chance

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Supreme Court has given a phone company a second chance to participate in federal and state programs that allow low-income residents to receive subsidized phone service.

The ruling issued Friday came after the Nebraska Public Service Commission ordered the Telrite Corporation, doing business as Life Wireless, out of the programs in Nebraska.

The decision stemmed from a sign-up event for "free" cellphones in Omaha in July 2013. According to the ruling, the commission was bombarded with questions and complaints after the event.

The Public Service Commission alleged that the company didn't contact the commission before starting operations in Nebraska, used the wrong enrollment form for the state of Nebraska and handed out flyers that failed to note the Public Service Commission had the final say over eligibility.

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