State Gets $10 Million From Settlement

Nebraska is getting at least 10 million dollars as part of a settlement against a tobacco company. Nebraska and 45 other states agreed to settle claims against several tobacco companies for the costs of treating smoking-related illnesses. The companies agreed to pay the states more than 200 billion dollars over several years. The additional money announced Thursday is available because a Miami-based tobacco company recently joined the settlement agreement. Health officials say smoking-related illnesses and deaths cost the state more than 40 million dollars a year.