February 5, 1941: State Sen. A.C. Van Diest served notice he was introducing another “new tax” measure at the legislature's next session. It would be a gross income tax bill, sponsored, Van Diest said, by the state grange. As drafted, it called for a replacement of all real estate taxes for school purposes. A bill introduced earlier provided for a net income tax.
1974: Tickets in City Councilman John Hlavacek's name-the-Orpheum-Theater lottery couldn't be sold outside Nebraska, the city attorney's office said. Sale of lottery tickets across state lines was prohibited by federal law, the legal opinion said. The council passed an ordinance to ask voters May 14 if they favor a lottery to raise money for the restoration of the theater. The winner would get to rename the building. Hlavacek said earlier he hoped to sell tickets nationwide. After learning of the opinion, he said he wasn't discouraged and said he hoped to hold a successful lottery in Nebraska.
1993: University of Nebraska at Kearney officials were considering a smoking ban in campus buildings and were thinking about refinancing the debt on the Cushing Coliseum renovation and Health and Sports Center construction. The no-smoking policy was drafted by the Faculty Advisory Committee. Smoking would be banned in all buildings, except the Nebraskan Student Union and residence halls. Smoking now is permitted in designated areas and in private offices. The Administrative Council and Chancellor William Nester also would need to approve the policy.
2003: Two scholarships had been announced that were related to the space shuttle Columbia. Creighton University would offer a scholarship in honor of astronaut Michael Anderson and his family. Anderson received a master's degree in physics from Creighton in 1990. His two children also would receive free tuition from Creighton if they choose to attend the school. The Nebraska Space Grant Consortium had established a statewide annual scholarship in memory of the seven astronauts who perished aboard the Columbia.