HERSHEY, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska State Patrol says a winter storm that raked the state Friday snarled traffic for hundreds of drivers and caused at least one death on Interstate 80. The patrol says that driver was killed around 11:30 a.m. Friday when the pickup truck he was driving eastbound near Hershey in western Nebraska spun out of control across the I-80 median and into the path of a semitrailer. The crash killed the pickup driver, 57-year-old Michael Krough of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The semi driver was not hurt. The patrol says Friday's weather sent troopers to deal with more than 200 weather-related incidents.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Want to try your hand at waterfowl or turkey hunting, but leery of the expense of buying blinds and decoys? The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a solution. UNL's Outdoor Adventure Center is now offering that equipment for rent to the public. Rentals had previously been offered for about a year only to the university’s students. Hunting gear currently available for rent includes a pop-up blind, layout blind, duck decoy set of 14 birds and a jake/hen turkey decoy combination. Each is individually available to the public for $6 per day, $12 for three days or $16 for a full week.

ELMWOOD, Neb. (AP) - Authorities in southeastern Nebraska say two Elmwood men accused of repeatedly throwing a dog into an ice-covered lake have been charged with animal cruelty. The Gosper County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old James Pollock and 19-year-old Austin Vanburen were charged Jan. 7 after the office received calls reporting a video posted to social media showing Pollock throwing the year-old Labrador onto the lake, causing it to land on its back and break through the ice. The dog was able to swim back to shore, but investigators say the men threw the dog into the take two more times. The dog was later examined and found to be uninjured.

OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) - A proposal by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission would drastically limit overnight campers and beachgoers at Nebraska's largest reservoir, Lake McConaughy in western Nebraska. The North Platte Telegraph reports the proposed change follows complaints from last Fourth of July of overcrowding and rowdy behavior. Those changes are meant to lower attendance to address the overcrowding on the lake’s beaches. Under the plan, public access to boat ramps at McConaughy and neighboring Lake Ogallala would remain unchanged. But day-use areas would be created, and all camping spaces would be reservation-only and limited to 600. Critics say the plan would hurt local businesses.

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