String Beans show in Albion

ALBION -- As part of the 2017 Boone County Big Give, the Albion Area Arts Council in partnership with the Boone County Fitness Center will present a performance by the popular children’s entertainers The String Beans at 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Fitness Center, 527 S. Fifth St. Admission is free and made possible by 2016 Big Give contributions.

For more information, call Paul or Lori at 402-395-2633.

Kolache class at local library

COLUMBUS -- Mary Hruska will conduct a kolache class at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Columbus Public Library in the auditorium.

Pre-made kolaches and coffee will be provided, and participants will leave with recipes. There is no registration and participation is free.

CCC presenting 'Almost, Maine'

COLUMBUS -- Central Community College-Columbus will present John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine” at 7 p.m. today through Saturday in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

Almost, Maine, a town that’s so far north it’s almost not in the United States, but almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist because its residents never got around to getting organized. One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky, the people of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways, and life will never be the same.

Tickets are $7 for general admission.

BVFD holding pancake feed

BELLWOOD -- The Bellwood Volunteer Fire Department will hold a pancake, egg and sausage feed from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at Bellwood Elementary School, 612 Park St.

The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-12 and free for kids younger than 5. Tickets are available at the door.

Critics: Licensing law is unfair

OMAHA (AP) — Critics say a Nebraska law that requires licenses for nearly 200 types of work is burdensome and unfair.

Speakers at a town hall gathering Tuesday in Omaha said the law is holding back Nebraska's workforce by putting up barriers to work, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Speakers said some licenses are needed to protect public health and safety, but not all of them may be necessary.

The event was sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska and Platte Institute.

The Platte Institute said the rules limit entrepreneurship. The Nebraska ACLU said the rules disproportionately impact minorities, military families who frequently relocate, low-income individuals and people with a criminal history.

Many of the licenses have unnecessary rules about moral character, said Amy Miller, legal director for the ACLU of Nebraska. Some individuals with criminal backgrounds can't move forward in life even after having served time because their convictions follow them, she said.

The ACLU and Platte Institute are supporting legislation that would create a review process for state licensing rules and boards.

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