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Workshop on estate planning

COLUMBUS -- An estate planning workshop will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 3 at the West Education Center at Central Community College-Columbus in Room 205.

The workshop is free, but registration is required by calling Karen Mroczek at 402-562-1249 or emailing Topics will include proper family communication for estate planning, estate planning basics, establishing your legacy with planning and tax consequences of estate planning. First National Bank is providing lunch for the participants.

For more information or assistance, contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension educator, Nebraska Extension for Farm Succession, at 402-472-1771 or

DOT: Billions in roadwork needed

LINCOLN (AP) — Nebraska state road officials have identified $11.2 billion in construction needs over the next two decades

The Department of Transportation released the projection Wednesday in its annual report to lawmakers. The projection includes the estimated costs of maintaining existing roadways, upgrades to improve safety and mobility, and expanding roads to increase their capacity.

The report is intended as a snapshot of the state's needs and isn't a formal request for money. Adjusted for inflation, the needs would cost an estimated $16 billion over 20 years.

Department Director Kyle Schneweis says the needs could change with new technology. The state relies heavily on gas tax revenue, which many expect to shrink as cars become more efficient and use less fuel.

Schneweis says the state's overall transportation system is well-maintained.

Man sentenced for homicide

DAKOTA CITY (AP) — One of two men accused of killing another man in northeast Nebraska's Dakota County has been sentenced to 50 to 60 years in prison.

The Sioux City Journal reports 19-year-old Brayan Galvan-Hernandez was sentenced Tuesday for attempted murder and being an accessory in the Nov. 1, 2016, fatal shooting of 41-year-old Kraig Kubik of Emerson.

Galvan-Hernandez pleaded no contest in October to the charges in a deal with prosecutors. Authorities say Galvan-Hernandez and 26-year-old Andres Surber, both of Wakefield, killed Kubik, whose dismembered body was found in a culvert in rural Cedar County four days after he was reported missing. Other parts of his body were found in a car trunk.

In April, a judge ruled that Surber was not mentally competent to stand trial.

County official repays mileage

LINCOLN (AP) — A Nebraska county treasurer who faces criminal tax fraud charges has written the county a check for nearly $3,500 to cover the amount he received in now-questioned mileage expense reimbursements.

The state auditor's office released a report last week that says Lancaster County Treasurer Andy Stebbing didn't keep adequate documentation of his mileage expenses for over 2 1/2 years, the Lincoln Journal Star reported .


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