Governor Pete Ricketts says he is disappointed that the legislature overrode his veto of the bill that repealed the death penalty. Governor Ricketts needed to change the votes of three senators to sustain his veto of the bill ending capital punishment in Nebraska, but he only got two. Ricketts says he will support a petition drive to place the death penalty on the ballot for the voters to decide.
A 66-year-old Knox County man has been given 40 to 60 years in prison for killing his wife. Phillip Privett, of Verdigre (VUR’-dih-gree), had pleaded no contest and was convicted of second-degree murder and a weapons charge after prosecutors lowered the murder charge. He was sentenced last week in Knox County District Court. Prosecutors say Privett fatally shot his wife, 66-year-old Linda Privett, at their home in Verdigre on October 20th.
Firefighters were called to a Butler County dairy farm in Rising City, Nebraska Sunday afternoon after a stack of 450 1-ton hay bales caught fire. Firefighters from four departments had to be called in to battle the flames. Fire officials say wind blew the fire away from about a dozen other storage buildings with hay for the facility’s six thousand cows. Dairy management determined that the fire could not be stopped, so firefighters remained at the scene through the night to monitor the blaze as the hay burned to a manageable level. The cause of the fire was under investigation.