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Pattersons Named October Students of the Month

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The NCHS Students of the Month for October, 2014 have been announced. Congratulations to Raenee Patterson and Cale Patterson!! Read More »

Gophers run over Huskers en route to second half comeback victory

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Despite trailing 21-7 at halftime, 25th-ranked Minnesota didn’t waiver from what’s made them one of the better teams in the Big Ten–a strong running game and timely completions in the passing game. That formula worked once again as Minnesota knocked off Nebraska for the first time in Lincoln since 1960. Mitch Leidner’s 3-yard touchdown run […] Read More »

Rays narrow managerial search to three

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The Rays went from 10 managerial candidates to three on Friday. Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu compose the final group from which the organization plans to make its choice for Joe Maddon's successor. Read More »

Blocked field goal return propels Huskers to halftime lead over Gophers

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Nate Gerry’s 85-yard blocked field goal return for a touchdown has helped the Huskers take a 21-7 lead into halftime against Minnesota in Lincoln. Randy Gregory got the block on Ryan Santoso’s 30-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter, Nebraska’s first blocked field goal since the 2011 season opener against Tennessee-Chattanooga. After the ball […] Read More »

Study: Thanksgiving meal for 10 will cost pennies more this year

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Nebraskans may be paying slightly more for their Thanksgiving meals this week than they did last year, according to a survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation. Dave Miller, the Farm Bureau’s research director, says the cost of the traditional holiday meal for ten people is only up 37-cents from last year. “The Thanksgiving feast […] Read More »

Gov.-elect Ricketts vows new approach to prison problem

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Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts promises to bring a fresh perspective to the prison problem in Nebraska. A legislative panel found state corrections officials use unreliable data and have failed to update policies, including the use of solitary confinement. Ricketts says he will launch a national search to bring in a new corrections director who will consider […] Read More »

CHI Health responds to rejected proposal

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CHI Health CEO Dr. Cliff Robertson says they will continue to serve the region’s health care needs even though Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska rejected a proposal this week to put an end to a contract dispute. CHI Health patients are no longer in-network if they are covered by Blue Cross. Dr. Robertson says […] Read More »

Nebraska high school graduation rate rises

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Nearly 90% of the seniors in Nebraska high schools last year graduated. The Nebraska Department of Education reports the graduation rate from last year was 89.7%, up from 88.5% in 2013. The department says the four-year graduation rate has improved steadily since 2011, when 86.1% of the high school seniors graduated in four years. The […] Read More »

Nebraska’s largest water park undergoing $5-million expansion

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Nebraska’s largest outdoor ride and water announced a $5-million expansion.  The 16 acre park in Omaha announced this week construction is underway on their first new project, Makana Splash. Spokesperson Katie Anderson says that is a 40 foot tall water playground and it is scheduled to open this coming Memorial Day weekend. Anderson says Makana […] Read More »

Nebraska state unemployment rate drops to 3.4%

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The state unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percent in October. The Nebraska Department of Labor announced the unemployment rate for October was 3.4%, seasonally adjusted, down 0.2% from September and down 0.4% from the October unemployment rate last year of 3.8%. “The October increase in non-farm employment continues the year to year growth Nebraska […] Read More »

DNR Director Dunnigan steps down

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Another member of the Heineman Administration has stepped down. Nebraska Department of Natural Resources Director, Brian Dunnigan, has resigned. Gov. Dave Heineman appointed Dunnigan to the position in 2008 after he had served in the department for more than 30 years. “It has been a great privilege to serve the citizens of the state and […] Read More »

President Obama action angers Congressional Republicans (AUDIO)

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President Barack Obama took executive action to spare up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation, angering Congressional Republicans in the process. Republicans in the Nebraska Congressional delegation charge President Barack Obama has overstepped his authority, even violated the Constitution. Congressman Adrian Smith says Congress must respond. “It’s disappointing that the president is doing this. […] Read More »

Wayne State advances in NCAA regionals, UNK rallies but loses in five sets

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#6 Wayne State used 18 kills and 21 digs from Katie Hughes along with a career-high 21 kills from Elizabeth Gebhardt to defeat #16 Central Missouri 17-25, 26-24, 25-14 and 25-22 Thursday evening in the first round of the NCAA Central Regional in Duluth, Minnesota. The Wildcats improve to 27-6 on the season and advances to the […] Read More »

NPPD: Sand Hills high-voltage line to “benefit all of our customers” (AUDIO)

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Officials say the high-voltage electrical transmission line that’s proposed to cut through 220 miles of Nebraska’s Sand Hills region is designed to have a positive impact on the entire state’s power infrastructure. Mark Becker, spokesman for Nebraska Public Power District, says the upgrade is needed, not because there isn’t enough power but because the current […] Read More »

Royals make trade, add prospects to 40-man roster

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The Royals spiced up their 40-man roster moves on Thursday by making a trade, acquiring outfielder Reymond Fuentes from San Diego for Minor League pitcher Kyle Bartsch. They also promoted outfielder Jorge Bonifacio and shortstop Orlando Calixte, which ... Read More »