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50 counties eligible for more aid

The major disaster declaration for the state of Nebraska has been amended to add more assistance categories for 50 counties to help with damages caused by the March winter storm and flooding, the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency announced Saturday.

Those counties were among the counties and five tribal nations eligible for Public Assistance grants to reimburse the cost of emergency services and debris removal. Now they are eligible for additional reimbursement for public facilities, including roads and bridges, water-control facilities, buildings and equipment, utilities, parks and recreational areas.

The counties receiving additional assistance at a federal cost share of no less than 75 percent are:

Adams, Antelope, Blaine, Boone, Box Butte, Boyd, Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Custer, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Fillmore, Frontier, Furnas, Gage, Garfield, Gosper, Greeley, Hall, Holt, Howard, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lancaster, Logan, Loup, Madison, Morrill, Nance, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Pierce, Platte, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Sherman, Valley, Wayne, Washington and Wheeler.

Damage assessments are continuing and more counties and tribal nations may be designated for public facility assistance.

More hay headed to Nebraska

JAMESTOWN, N.D. — A farm aid nonprofit is planning to bring more hay from North Dakota to producers in flood-stricken Nebraska.

The North Dakota-based Farm Rescue recently activated “Operation Hay Lift” to haul livestock feed to Nebraska ranchers affected by high water. A similar program was first used nearly two years ago to help cattle producers facing drought conditions in the Upper Midwest.

The hay convoy will depart from Jamestown on Sunday. Farm Rescue officials are expecting to send as many as 10 semitrailer trucks of hay donated by local farmers. The trucks are expected to arrive in Elkhorn late Sunday.

Farm Rescue helps farm and ranch families in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska and Iowa.

State Fair gate tickets as low as $2

GRAND ISLAND — Prices for admission tickets to this year’s 150th Nebraska State Fair will be as low as $2.

One package deal called The Hometown Pass sells for $10 and includes five gate admissions. Tickets bought at the gate Monday through Thursday are $6 for adults.

The Hometown Pass and other ticket deals are being offered online until midnight Aug. 22.

The Nebraska State Fair will take place Aug. 23 to Sept. 2 in Grand Island. This year’s fair will be the 10th in Grand Island after the fair moved from Lincoln in 2010.

Railroad crossing work slated

The Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department has announced a series of railroad crossing and related street closures that will temporarily affect access into southwest Lincoln from U.S. 77 this week. BNSF Railway is repairing tracks and pavement at multiple crossings. Access to businesses and homes will be maintained.

Closures will occur from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. as follows:

Monday

Park Boulevard, from South Street to West Van Dorn Street.

West Pioneers Boulevard, from U.S. 77 to South Sixth Street.

Tuesday

West Old Cheney Road, from U.S. 77 to Hunt’s Drive.

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Wednesday

Saltillo Road, from South 21st Street to South 27th Street.

Thursday

Park Boulevard, from South Street to West Van Dorn Street.

West Pioneers Boulevard, from U.S. 77 to South Sixth Street.

Friday

West Old Cheney Road, from U.S. 77 to Hunt’s Drive.

Several cars vandalized Friday

Nine cars were damaged in a vandalism spree in south Lincoln late Friday night, according to Lincoln police.

Officers were called to the 2400 block of B Street shortly before midnight and discovered the vandalized vehicles, Lincoln Police Capt. Ryan Dale said.

The cars had windows broken by rocks or bricks, while others were stood on and had their windshields kicked, Dale said. The estimated total damage is about $2,000.

Police are looking for those responsible.

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