4 cities submit bids for new Central Nebraska veterans home

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Four cities have submitted bids for a new Nebraska veterans home, including one pledge of more than $10 million.  State officials confirmed that they have received proposals from Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and North Platte as of the Tuesday deadline.  The Kearney City Council voted Tuesday to commit $8.5 million in direct funding and utility cost reductions for the project, in addition to $1 million approved by Buffalo County officials, $100,000 from an economic development group, and $500,000 promised by a veterans' memorial committee.  The cities are competing for a $121 million project to replace an outdated, 225-bed facility in Grand Island. Grand Island has promised at least $3.3 million, and North Platte has committed at least $4 million. City officials in Hastings declined Tuesday to disclose their bid.