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Prairie Dog Bill Introduced By Ernie Chambers

A prairie-dog management law criticized by Nebraska wildlife advocates could be in jeopardy.  Nebraska lawmakers voted 32-12 on Wednesday to advance a bill that would repeal the 2012 law.  The law gives counties the option to control the spread of black-tailed prairie dogs when a landowner's neighbors complain. Only Sheridan County has taken advantage of its provisions.  Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha says he introduced the repeal measure because the current law is too vague and runs afoul of property rights.  Black-tailed prairie dogs are widespread in parts of northwest Nebraska, where they dig holes in ranchland. Wildlife groups support the repeal, while counties and ranching groups oppose it.


New KVSH Police Program

KVSH will be starting a new public service program on the first Friday of each month featuring Valentine Police Chief Dana Miller and other emergency response personnel. Chief Miller will begin the program this Friday at 10:15 on the KVSH Comment program. One of the topics of discussion will be the recent vandalism at the ecology park near the swimming pool. Someone apparently pulled up the wooden horses from their anchors. Listeners will be invited to call in during the program to ask questions and can also suggest topics for future programs by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . That new program begins at 10:15 this Friday morning on KVSH.


33 mountain lions killed so far in Black Hills season

Hunters have killed 33 mountain lions so far during the hunting season in the Black Hills Fire Protection District.

Three male cats ranging between 119 and 125 pounds were killed last week. A 5-year-old lion was killed most recently in Custer County, while the two other kills took place in Pennington County.

The season will conclude on March 31, unless the harvest limit of 75 total mountain lions, or 50 female lions, is reached prior to that date. The mountain lion season outside of the Black Hills district runs year-round.

Of the 33 mountain lions killed so far this season, 16 were female and 17 were male.


Some Nebraskans at risk from data security breach

The Nebraska attorney general's office says nearly 105,000 Nebraskans could have had their personal information exposed as part of a huge data security breach.

Attorney General Doug Peterson announced Monday that the breach of health insurer Anthem could lead to the exposure of names, addresses and Social Security numbers for 104,795 Nebraska residents. The insurer is mailing notices to those people and offering to pay for two years of credit monitoring.

Anthem doesn't sell policies or process claims in Nebraska, but residents still could be at risk if their employer is based in one of the 14 states where the company operates.

Nebraskans also could be affected if they have coverage through a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan and received care in a state where Anthem processes health claims.


Drivers' Top Pick Remains Radio By A Mile

The traditional car radio, long a fixture of the dashboard, remains the king of the road.  That's according to new Ipsos* research being released today.  It reveals 84% of Americans still regularly listen to broadcast radio while driving, showing that traditional radio remains firmly in place as the most-used in-car medium.

*Ipsos is a global independent market research company ranking third worldwide among research firms.


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