Dec 02, 2019 3:39 PM

8 Nebraska State Fair workers lose jobs amid restructuring

Posted Dec 02, 2019 3:39 PM

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Eight full-time employees at the Nebraska State Fair have lost their jobs.

The Grand Island Independent reports the workers were fired last week as fair officials restructure the organization amid financial problems.

State Fair Executive Director Lori Cox says the restructuring will save about $520,000 in personnel costs.

Before the firings, the fair employed 17 full-time workers and one part-timer.

Cox says the smaller full-time payroll reflects that the fair is an "11-day operation" rather than a year-round operation.

The State Fair Board approved a budget at a Nov. 22 meeting where members learned the 2019 fair lost a projected $1.4 million.

Patrick Kopke, the fair's chief of finance and administration, resigned at that meeting after telling the board that changes were needed to avoid bankruptcy.

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Man killed in Omaha shooting

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police are investigating a fatal shooting.

KETV reports that officers responded to a call of shots fired around 12:30 a.m. Saturday near 24th and Vane streets. The arriving officers saw an SUV driving away from the scene, then found a man inside a building with critical injuries.

The man was taken to University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he died. The victim’s name has not been released.

Police have not released any further details about the shooting.