Bank employees get bonuses

Nebraska-based Pinnacle Bancorp is paying a special $1,000 bonus to each full-time employee to share the benefit of the tax cut passed Wednesday by Congress.

“We feel strongly that the message should be loud and clear that this is a tax cut that will benefit all Americans," said Sid Dinsdale, chairman of Pinnacle Bancorp.

Pinnacle Bank has 1,007 employees in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.

To benefit customers, Pinnacle Bank raised interest rates on its money market accounts.

Couple: Pot for presents

YORK (AP) — An elderly couple who was arrested in Nebraska with 60 pounds of marijuana in their truck told officers the drugs were meant to be Christmas presents.

The York News-Times reports the couple were arrested Tuesday by the York County Sheriff's Department after they were stopped for a traffic violation.

Officers found the bags of marijuana in the Toyota Tacoma driven by the 80-year-old man and 83-year-old woman. They said they were driving from California to Vermont.

The couple was being held in York County jail on suspicion of felony drug charges.

Survey says economy slow

OMAHA (AP) — A new monthly survey of bankers suggests the economy remains weak in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states, but it improved slightly.

The overall economic index for the region grew to 47.8 in December from 44.7 in November, but any score below 50 suggests a shrinking economy in the months ahead.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says low commodity prices and concerns about trade continue to weigh on the economy in rural areas.

Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.

Weed seized in I-80 stop

OMAHA (AP) — More than 460 pounds of marijuana was seized in a traffic stop along Interstate 80 in the Omaha area.

The Douglas County Sheriff's department says the drugs were found Wednesday afternoon after a Chevrolet Tahoe pulling a U-haul trailer was stopped.

A police dog was called in after officers became suspicious. The drugs were found after the dog smelled something.

A 31-year-old California woman was driving the SUV. She was arrested on suspicion of dealing drugs.

Free Santa repair offered

OMAHA (AP) — The owners of a car upholstery shop are repairing inflatable Christmas decorations for free to ensure vandals don't tarnish the holiday spirit.

Lisa Driver tells the Omaha World-Herald she and her husband decided to fix the decorations free after a recent rash of vandalism in northwest Omaha.

The Douglas County Sheriff's office has received several reports of vandalism of Christmas decorations.

The Drivers have used their industrial sewing machine and heavy-duty thread at Lion's Automotive Upholstery to repair six damaged inflatables.

Santa, a toy soldier and a snowman are all awaiting repairs.

Lisa Driver says the decorations should all be back up by Christmas to give the neighborhood kids a treat.

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