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Nebraska still awaiting word on federal funding for new planned veterans home in Kearney


LINCOLN, Nebraska — State officials are still waiting to see if a proposed central Nebraska home for veterans will receive federal funding.

Gov. Dave Heineman said Tuesday that he hasn't received word on whether the federal government will approve grant funding for the project in Kearney.

Heineman says state officials believe they will be notified late in the federal fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, or early in the next one.

The new planned veterans home would replace an outdated facility in Grand Island. The current home has about 375 employees.

Heineman announced in July 2013 that the state would build the $121 million, 225-bed Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney. Kearney won the project in competitive bidding with Hastings, Grand Island and North Platte.

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