Governor hopefuls say they wouldn't interfere with decision to build veterans home in Kearney


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KEARNEY, Nebraska — Nebraska's candidates for governor say they won't interfere with a decision to build the new Central Nebraska Veterans' Home in Kearney instead of Grand Island.

But the Kearney Hub reports ( ) that Republican Pete Ricketts and Democrat Chuck Hassebrook are both open to re-evaluating the way that future sites are selected.

Gov. Dave Heineman announced in July 2013 that the state would build the 225-bed Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney, replacing the outdated Grand Island facility. Grand Island officials oppose the decision.

Ricketts says he doesn't want to endanger federal funding for the project. Hassebrook says the decision has been made, but the state will have to start over if the funding is rejected.

Information from: Kearney Hub,

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