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Sen. Fischer favors having new Congress, not old, take up Keystone XL

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Sen. Deb Fischer favors putting off any Congressional action on the Keystone XL oil pipeline until the new Congress convenes in January. Fischer says the push by Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, to have the lame-duck Congress take up Keystone legislation is merely an effort to help her beleaguered re-election hopes. “We’ve seen the […] Read More »

State officials focus attention on children awaiting adoption (AUDIO)

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State officials are focusing attention on more than 300 children waiting for adoption into a good home. November is Adoption Awareness Month. Andrea Walter of Lincoln, along with her husband Adam, adopted three children in 2012 after taking them in as foster children. She says while some couples aren’t in a position to adopt, they […] Read More »

Omaha reviewing street snow/ice removal policy

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Drivers in Omaha are still complaining about the condition of city streets during Tuesday morning’s commute. An overnight winter storm left roadways ice covered. The Omaha City Council is now reviewing the Public Works Department policy on snow and ice removal. City Council President Pete Festersen says he didn’t see many city trucks treating streets […] Read More »

UNMC, Nebraska Medicine partnering with Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital

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The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and Nebraska Medicine have entered into an agreement with Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital to provide physician and academic services to a new facility being built in west Omaha. UNMC Chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Gold says this partnership provides a number of benefits. Dr. Gold says, “This partnership will give […] Read More »

Bold Nebraska continues fight against Keystone XL Pipeline

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Bold Nebraska is not giving up their fight to prevent construction of the northern tier of the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline. The U-S State Department earlier had given its stamp of approval on the project, but President Barack Obama delayed any decision on whether TransCanada should receive a presidential permit to cross the Canadian border into the […] Read More »

Perez’s love of baseball takes no breaks

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As if 162 games behind the plate weren't enough in 2014 between the regular season, All-Star Game and postseason, Salvador Perez never had any doubts about representing Major League Baseball in the Japan All-Star Series against the host country's natio... Read More »

Winterer, CEO of DHHS, who clashed with Auditor to step down

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A controversial member of the Heineman Administration has announced he will step down in about a month. Kerry Winterer, CEO of the Department of Health and Human Services, has announced he will leave the agency in mid-December. “I want to thank Governor Heineman for the opportunity to lead DHHS,” Winterer said in a written statement […] Read More »

Sec. of State Gale prefers geographic mandate for petitions (AUDIO)

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Nebraska’s top election authority believes the state initiative petition process needs to have a geographic component. A federal judge has struck down the requirement that initiative petition organizers must gather signatures of at least five percent of the registered voters in 38 of the Nebraska’s 93 counties. Secretary of State John Gale favors some sort […] Read More »

Nebraska drops two notches in report on wellbeing of children

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The new “Kids Count” report, which studies the wellbeing of children nationwide, finds Nebraska slipping slightly, but still ranking in the top ten. The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Nebraska 10th this year, down from eighth place last year. The organization’s Patrice Cromwell says a variety of factors are weighed for the […] Read More »

University of Nebraska researchers working to advance national defense and security

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University of Nebraska researchers play a big role in the advancement of national security and defense. N-U’s National Strategic Research Institute is collaboration between the university and the U-S Strategic Command and is one of thirteen university affiliated research centers across the country. N-U’s Institute focuses on nuclear detection and forensics, chemical and biological weapons, […] Read More »

Gov. Heineman expects vigorous defense of Nebraska marriage law (AUDIO)

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Gov. Dave Heineman expects the state to defend its definition of marriage. The American Civil Liberties Union has announced it will challenge the law, which bans same-sex marriage. Heineman says the law deserves to be defended. “The people of Nebraska in 2000 voted overwhelmingly that marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s what […] Read More »

Lockdown at northeast Nebraska school lifted after death investigation

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A school in northeastern Nebraska had been under lock down today as authorities investigated a death on school property. Little information has been released by the Wakefield Community Schools or the Dixon County Sheriff’s Office, but reports have surfaced that a 20-year-old former student has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. An official confirmation of […] Read More »

MLB and MLBPA finalize list of Super Two qualifiers

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Only the top 22 percent of players between two and three years of service time qualify for arbitration, provided they had at least 86 days of service time this season. This year's list is headlined by Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, Royals reliever Kelvin He... Read More »

Royals’ Gordon named Hutch Award winner

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Royals outfielder Alex Gordon was selected as the 50th winner of the Hutch Award by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The award and the center are named for the former Major League pitcher and manager who died of cancer at age 45 i... Read More »

More support for ending the Learning Community

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A newly elected member to the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties wants to know where the money is going. Tonya Ward says she basically doesn’t know why the Learning Community exists. Ward says, “I would like to find out where the money is going. How has the money been spent since it started? […] Read More »