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Noon News 6.14.21: Aviation Center, 4-Lane Roads, and Plymouth County Investigation


An Omaha aviation company is hoping to open a center at Sioux City's airport and offer professional flight training there. The Sioux City Journal reports that the Oracle Aviation of Omaha plans to partner with Morningside University to establish a fully-accredited aviation program, which will offer a bachelor of science degree in aviation-related fields. The Sioux City Council is expected on Monday to consider a resolution inviting proposals for the lease of land and the construction of a new hangar facility for the program. Documents show the project would include a 39,400-square-foot facility, with 20,400 square feet of hangar space and a two-level office/training space.

Officials in northeast Nebraska continue to press the state to complete it’s long-delayed system of four-lane expressways to connect every community larger than 15.000 people to an Interstate.

About 178 miles of the 600-mile system remains undone 33 years after the expressway system was launched back in 1988. Concerns about the projects prompted a group of state senators and a lobbying group of area businesses and cities , called 4 Lanes 4 Nebraska, to push for progress in the Legislature this spring. Transportation Department officials say progress is being made even if it's not coming as fast as some want.

Authorities in Plymouth County are investigating an incident surrounding a man found dead overnight on Highway 75 just north of Hinton.

The first 911 call came into the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office around three in the morning, after a driver said they hit something in the road.

Family members say a 10-year-old boy who died in the Big Sioux River in South Dakota saved one of his younger siblings who had fallen into the water. Lincoln County sheriff’s officials say the body of Ricky Lee Sneve was recovered Saturday night. His mother, Nicole Eufers, tells the Argus Leader that Ricky was out on the river with his dad and siblings when several fell into the river. Eufers says Ricky jumped in to save his sister Chevelle and got her to shore, but when his father and siblings turned around, Ricky was missing. The boy’s father, Chad Sneve, said his son was the type of boy to do anything for anyone.