News Minute: Here is the latest Nebraska news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Omaha Fire Department is buying backup protective gear for its firefighters. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the firefighters' yellow fire-retardant coats, trousers and suspenders must be cleaned so ash, soot and household carcinogens that foul them can be eliminated. Fire union leaders say wearing protective gear that hasn't been cleaned increases firefighters' exposure to chemicals and compounds that increase their risk of getting cancer. Having a second set of gear reduces that risk.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say at least one person was hospitalized after part of a ceiling collapsed at a veterinary center in Lincoln. First responders were dispatched around 9:30 a.m. Monday to Nebraska Animal Medical and Emergency Center. The person had been pinned, but he was freed by first responders within a few minutes of their arrival. Fire officials say there was contracting work underway at the center, but it's not clear whether that work was connected to the partial ceiling collapse.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska state government collected more tax revenue than expected during the fiscal year that ended last month. The Nebraska Department of Revenue reports that net tax receipts for the year totaled $4.896 billion, which was 3.7% above the official state forecast of $4.72 billion. The department says net individual and corporate income taxes were higher than expected, as were net sales-and-use and miscellaneous taxes.
BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska attorney general's office has filed a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct against the top prosecutor in central Nebraska's Custer County. The charge was filed earlier this month against Custer County Attorney Steven Bowers. A woman who answered a phone in his office Monday said Bowers would have no comment. The complaint did not provide any details about led to the charge.
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