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OBIT-RETIRED JUDGE

Retired Hall County judge, David Bush, dies at 65

(Information in the following story is from: The Grand Island Independent, http://www.theindependent.com)

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Retired Hall County Judge David Bush has died at the age of 65.

Laurie Sheffield of All Faiths Funeral Home in Grand Island said Monday that Bush died Sunday at a nursing facility. He had been battling cancer.

The Grand Island Independent says Bush retired in May 2011 after 24 years of service as a judge. He'd been appointed to the county court bench by then-Gov. Kay Orr.

Former law partner John McDermott says Bush "was fair and compassionate" and "extremely balanced."

Bush first worked in corporate law in Lincoln and then served three years in the Lincoln city attorney's office before moving to North Platte to go into private practice. He moved to Grand Island in 1980 and became a defense attorney.

LINCOLN BLAZE

Residents flee from Lincoln house fire

(Information in the following story is from: KLKN-TV, http://www.klkntv.com)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Residents have fled from a fire in a Lincoln house that had been checked earlier in the day for smoke.

Lincoln television station KLKN says the fire was reported a little before 9 p.m. Sunday. The fire started in a back room of the house and spread into the attic.

Officials say firefighters had been sent to the home earlier Sunday to check on a smoky smell, but neither smoke nor its source was found.

The fire cause is being investigated.

ICE RINK-COST ESTIMATE

Lincoln ice center cost estimate being reviewed

(Information in the following story is from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — University of Nebraska-Lincoln officials have asked architects to review their cost estimate for the Breslow Ice Center.

The Lincoln Journal Stay says the $11 million estimate is higher than average for other, similar new ice centers. The estimate is for a facility big enough to expand to two rinks but start with just one.

A UNL vice chancellor, Christine Jackson, says the university also is developing an alternative that may reduce some of the UNL space within the center so a second rink could be accommodated.

The Breslow Ice Center is to be built between the Pinnacle Bank Arena and the West Haymarket baseball stadium.

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK MEETINGS

Neb. economic outlook meetings to be held in March

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A series of meetings throughout Nebraska will give farmers and ranchers an outlook on the state's agricultural economy.

The Cornhusker Economics Outlook meetings will take place in nine locations. The meetings will include presentations by University of Nebraska-Lincoln economists and policy specialists. They're scheduled to last 2 ½ hours each at various locations throughout the state from March 3-7.

The meetings will take place in Hastings, Gothenburg, Sidney, Chadron, Valentine, O'Neill, West Point, Lincoln and Nebraska City.

The series of offered by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, the Department of Agricultural Economics, the Nebraska Corn Board and Great Western Bank.

STOCK SHOW SALES

Black Hills Stock Show sales prove popular

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Frigid temperatures failed to cool the bidding during livestock sales at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo in Rapid City.

The Rapid City Journal reports that cosigners from Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Montana, Nebraska, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota brought cattle that attracted the attention of buyers from 13 states.

Show marketing and livestock coordinator Kadee Hande says everyone was pleased with the turnout. She says some buyers stayed home because of the cold weather and called in their bids, but for the most part the stands were filled with buyers.

KEVN-TV reports that this year's bison auction also was successful, drawing buyers from more than 20 states.

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