December 12, 1968: The Legislature refused to revive a bill that would have extended the 2.5 percent state sales tax rate beyond Jan. 1. The rate would dip to 2 percent at the first of the year. The committee voted 5 to 3 to kill the measure Governor Norbert Tiemann had described as “essential to continued progress.” The full Legislature vote was 26 to 20 against an effort to resurrect it on the floor.
1951: A firm endorsement of the current shake-up in the State Assistance Department was made by Roman L. Hruska, Douglas County Board chairman and president of the Nebraska Association of County Officials. “We know there is something wrong with the way our State Assistance Department is administered,” he said. “But a bona fide effort is being made to correct it.”
1987: A cultivated one-acre plot of marijuana was discovered west of Grand Island by Nebraska State Patrol officials, who estimated the street value of the crop at $1.5 million. Sgt. Gary Esser of the patrol's drug investigation division described the plot of 10-foot to 15-foot-tall plants as a “forest.” The 454 plants were cut down with chainsaws, hauled away in five dump trucks and burned in a pile that required 10 gallons of gasoline and 70 gallons of diesel fuel. An undercover investigator who helped with the eradication operation said the marijuana plants were the tallest he had ever seen growing outside a greenhouse.
2006: Professors at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Neb., want the school's trustees to oust President Steven Titus immediately and scrap a potential $1.1 million budget cut that had sparked student protests and faculty unrest. The faculty voted “no confidence” in the president, then issued a statement, accusing Titus of fiscal irresponsibility in a budget-cutting process that may cost six full-time instructors their jobs. The statement also said the president has “repeatedly demonstrated a failure of leadership” during his five-year tenure. Titus, who already has resigned effective in May, had no comment on the faculty's statement, said university spokesman Phil Carter.