Thursday

Shane Osborn’s Republican campaign for Senate has announced endorsements from DeeDee Kelly and four other Nebraskans prominent in the conservative cause. They are:

    • Laura Ebke, president of Nebraska Liberty Caucus
    • Doug Kagan, president of Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom
    • Mike Groene, chairman of Western Nebraska Taxpayers Association
    • Sheila Heieck, president of Omaha Liberty Ladies

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Tom Brewer, the retired Army colonel who is opposing 3rd District U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith in the May primary, is hosting an event from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Ole’s Big Game Lounge in Paxton.

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Condolences to the family of Robert Keith Gray, a pioneering public relations and lobbying icon in Washington, D.C., who was born in Hastings, Neb. Hall started his Washington career in the Eisenhower administration, then became an operative for Hill & Knowlton. He opened Gray & Co. in 1981, and it became the first publicly traded public relations firm listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Gray, along with Joyce Hall and the brothers who founded Hallmark, were beacons of hope to decades of Nebraska J-School students. Although neither attended the University of Nebraska — Gray had an MBA from Harvard — they were living tributes to the idea that hard work and diligence could take a Nebraskan anywhere. Gray was 92.

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