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Gretna will have a new Mayor in November.

Unofficial results from the Sarpy County Election Commission show Jim Timmerman and Kip Edmonds were the top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary election. Incumbent Sally McGuire finished in fourth place, with 11-percent of the vote.

November’s general election will feature a former Nebraska Governor and a current State Senator in the race for U.S. Senate.

Democratic Senate candidate Bob Kerrey and GOP candidate Deb Fischer won their respective primaries Tuesday night. Kerrey entered the Senate race one day before the primary election filing deadline. He previously served as a U.S. Senator from Nebraska.

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Seven high school seniors are the recipients of this year’s DJ’s Hero awards.

The scholarships were awarded at Monday’s D.J.’s Hero Awards luncheon. The awards, sponsored by the Salvation Army, honor young people who’ve overcome obstacles and given back to their community.

The South Sarpy School District could soon have a new name.

The District 46 school board will hold a public meeting Monday about a possible name change. The board is considering two options: Springfield Community Schools, or Springfield Platteview Community Schools.

Director of Operations Brett Richards says the school district needs a clear identity, something it doesn't have with its current name. South Sarpy is part of the Learning Community, and Richards says a more specific name would help the school district attract students. 

With Nebraska’s primary election approaching, the candidates for the Second Congressional District are talking jobs, the economy, and federal spending.

The primary election is next Tuesday. Second District Congressman Lee Terry is running for his seventh term in the U.S. House. Terry’s campaign chairman, Dave Boomer, says the Congressman is focusing his campaign on spending and fiscal accountability.

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Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney says the Keystone XL pipeline project should be built. 

Romney spoke at a campaign rally Thursday afternoon in Omaha. The rally comes five days before Nebraska’s primary election. During his ten-minute speech to an overflow crowd, Romney talked about jobs, health care, and domestic sources of energy. He says all sources of power should be considered, including the Keystone XL pipeline. 

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will campaign Thursday in Omaha.

A news release from Romney’s campaign says the former Massachusetts Governor will speak Thursday afternoon at a rally at Rick’s Café Boatyard. The stop comes five days before Nebraska’s primary election.

In 2008, President Obama won the electoral vote tied to Nebraska’s Second Congressional District. Senator John McCain won Nebraska’s First and Third Congressional District votes.

 

The Centers for Disease Control says Nebraska ranks second in the nation when it comes to binge drinking.

The Vital Signs report released in January says one in six adults binge drink. Binge drinking is defined as four or more drinks for women, and five or more drinks for men, on one occasion.

 

VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa officials estimate several thousand veterans in their service territory are homeless or living below the poverty line.

The VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa is partnering with Omaha’s Together Inc. to offer a food pantry for homeless and low-income veterans. The pantry opened April 18th and will operate on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa spokesman Will Ackerman says they hope to provide another resource to veterans struggling to get by.

The Douglas County Election Commission will reopen some of the 179 polling places closed prior to this year’s primary election.

Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says the polling places will reopen before the November general election. How many polling places will reopen has yet to be determined. Primary election turnout, along with general election results from the past two presidential elections, will determine which polling places reopen.

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