Nebraska News

Mutual of Omaha CEO Neary to Retire; Blackledge Named President, Successor

Omaha, Neb.-based Mutual of Omaha Chairman and CEO Dan Neary announced that he will retire in 2015. He will retain the role of chairman of the company’s board of directors. Executive Vice President James T. Blackledge has been appointed president of …

Insurer Seeks Pass on Liability in Missing Nebraska Student Lawsuit

Nebraska’s insurance company is asking a judge to declare that it has no duty to pay any award made against the Nebraska State Colleges Board of Trustees in a lawsuit over the 2010 disappearance of a Peru State College student …

Guardrails Under Scrutiny Still Used in Nebraska

Nebraska officials say they will continue using a highway guardrail system that has been the focus of safety concerns until the Federal Highway Administration says it shouldn’t. The Lincoln Journal Star reports Trinity Industries’ ET-Plus guardrail system has been used …

Kansas Company Hit with $134K in Penalties for Safety Violations

Federal safety officials have proposed fining a Kansas-based company nearly $134,000 for what the officials say were welding safety violations in Omaha, Neb. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that it has cited Watco Cos. …

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Names Lewis Director of Regional Sales

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies promoted Jim Lewis to director of regional sales for the central region of the country. Lewis will oversee sales operations in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin. Prior to his …

Report: Midwest Economy Still Strong, Growth to Continue

The economy remained strong in nine Midwest and Plains states in August, and a monthly survey of business leaders released Sept. 2 suggests growth will continue in the months ahead. The region’s overall economic index inched up to 57.2 last …

Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Missouri to Cargo Theft Scheme

A Memphis, Tenn., business owner pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a cargo theft scheme that included a theft in West Plains, Mo. Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Earl …

Midwest Bank Destroyed by Tornado to Rebuild in Nebraska Town

Midwest Bank has announced it will rebuild its branch in Pilger, Neb., that was destroyed in June by a tornado that leveled much of the northeast Nebraska town. Doug Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Midwest Bank, tells the Norfolk …

Crops Flattened, Windows Shattered in Nebraska Hailstorm

Calls have gone out to glass and siding companies and insurance agents after a barrage of hail left a trail of broken windows, damaged houses and ravaged farm fields in parts of western and central Nebraska. Hailstones as big as …

Tornado Recovery in Nebraska Town Expected to Cost Tens of Millions

Nebraska officials are still tallying the cost of the tornadoes that destroyed most of the town of Pilger, but it’s expected to climb into the tens of millions. The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency will send teams to the northeast Nebraska …