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GI to fight Kearney Vets Home selection

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) _ A committee representing Grand Island in its bid to win a new state veterans home plans to fight Governor Dave Heineman's decision to select Kearney for the site.

The Grand Island Independent reports the GI Home for Our Heroes Committee announced Friday that it will involve the Legislature in an effort to keep the Central Nebraska Veterans' Home in Grand Island, where it currently has a 225-bed facility with about 375 employees.

The committee called the selection process unfair because the Veterans Home Selection Committee had private conversations with Kearney officials ahead of the bidding process.

Heineman announced Friday that Kearney beat out Grand Island, Hastings and North Platte as the site of the new veterans' home. A message left with Heineman's spokeswoman was not immediately returned Friday afternoon.

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