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US healthcare worker exposed to Ebola arrives in Omaha

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An American health care worker who experienced a high-risk exposure to the Ebola virus has arrived in Nebraska. Extra precautions were taken to transport the worker from Sierra Leone to the Biocantainment Unit in Omaha. First, the worker was flown via air ambulance from Africa to the United States. Then, a special ambulance transported the […] Read More »

Manfred, Yost speak to game’s future at coaches convention

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Major League Baseball Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred and Royals manager Ned Yost each received the American Baseball Coaches Association's Honor Award during a luncheon at the ABCA Convention on Sunday. Read More »

Royals sign Madson to Minor League deal

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The Royals have signed reliever Ryan Madson to a Minor League contract, the club announced on Sunday. Read More »

Nebraska Medicine prepares for 4th Ebola patient

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An American health care provider exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone is coming to Nebraska for observation and possible treatment. Nebraska Medicine reports the worker has “experienced a high-risk exposure to the Ebola virus.” The patient should arrive at the Biocantainment Unit at Nebraska Medicine this afternoon aboard a private air ambulance. “This […] Read More »

Bitter cold returns to Nebraska

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Bitter cold returned to Nebraska overnight, with a bit of snow. The National Weather Service has issued a wind child advisory for this morning for the entire state. The forecast for today calls for partly cloudy conditions and very cold temperatures with highs in the eastern and central portions of the state ranging from four […] Read More »

Sen. Johanns sees issues looming ahead as he leaves office

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Sen. Mike Johanns says the country faces several issues in the New Year, but an old one has re-surfaced that surpasses them all. Johanns says the war on terror continues as America faces a real threat from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. “This is a brutal terrorist organization,” Johanns tells Nebraska […] Read More »

Arctic front targeting Nebraska

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Bitter cold and snow is in Nebraska’s forecast for the first weekend of 2015. Valley National Weather Service Meteorologist Van DeWald says an arctic front should arrive Saturday afternoon in western Nebraska and move east across the state. DeWald says one to two inches of snow is expected across the state but the big issue […] Read More »

December’s Mid-America Business Conditions Index

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December’s Mid-American Business conditions index rose from 51.6 in November of 2014 to 54.4 in December. Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss keeps close tabs on wholesale prices. He says that index sank to 40.8, the lowest level in more than five years. Goss says the nine state employment index points to solid job growth in […] Read More »

Nebraska gets help from outside group in prison reform issue (AUDIO)

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Prison reform is sure to be a top priority for the legislature in the upcoming session. The Unicameral has received some help in shaping policy. The Unicameral established the 19-member Justice Reinvestment Working Group during the last legislative session under Legislative Bill 907. The group met during the legislative interim, chaired by the Speaker Greg […] Read More »

No criminal charges for psychologist in Nikko Jenkins’ case

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A special prosecutor has decided not to file charges against a state psychologist in the Nikko Jenkins’ case. Jenkins killed four people in Omaha after being released from prison. Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha accused prison psychologist Mark Weilage of withholding information that could have led to Jenkins undergoing civil commitment rather than release from […] Read More »

Study: 1 in 20 Nebraskans are behind on house payments

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A new federal report finds fewer Nebraskans are falling behind on their house payments, but for those who are still struggling, new programs are being put in place to help keep Nebraskans in their homes by lowering payments. Tim Bowler, a deputy secretary at the U.S. Treasury Department, says the numbers are improving and home […] Read More »

Sen. Johanns leaves office frustrated with leadership in Washington

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Sen. Mike Johanns will wrap up his Senate career frustrated by leadership in Washington. Johanns expressed more and more frustration about leadership both in the Senate and in the White House in the final two years of his Senate term. Johanns, a Republican, accuses Senator Majority Leader, Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, of ending the […] Read More »

Auditor Foley accuses HHS of not using all federal dollars available

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State Auditor Mike Foley says the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has failed to use all of the federal dollars available to the state. Foley says auditors in his office have identified $15 million in federal money left on the table. “There’s a lot of federal money that flows in and out of […] Read More »

State lawmakers say prisons will be a top issue in session

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State lawmakers say the prison system will a top priority in the upcoming legislative session. State Sen. Les Seiler of Hastings says officials at the Department of Correctional Services displayed a total disregard for the law in the prison sentence miscalculation scandal. “And the irony is these are the people that are in charge of […] Read More »

New year, new weather pattern

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A new year ushers in an improved weather pattern. After two days of bitterly cold temperatures, Nebraska returns to more seasonal weather. The National Weather Service forecasts a mostly sunny New Year’s Day with highs reaching nearly 30 degrees in eastern and central Nebraska. Western Nebraska, which has experienced bitterly cold temperatures plunging well below […] Read More »