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Sky high meat prices could limit 4th of July grilling

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The high cost of meat could take the sizzle out of Nebraskans 4th of July cookouts this year. Annemarie Kuhns is an economist with the U-S Department of Agriculture and says if it goes on the grill it is going to cost more than one year ago. She says beef and veal is 10.7% higher […] Read More »

Relatively unknown crop from Asia could be Nebraska’s next soybean

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It has an odd name, but a bamboo-like plant from Southeast Asia could be the Nebraska’s next energy crop. Miscanthus (pronounced mis-CAN-thus) is a relative of sugar cane and it’s about to become much more abundant in a region dominated by corn and soybeans. Agronomist Emily Heaton is working with miscanthus in Iowa: “When I […] Read More »

Reinactors from the 1860s host 4th of July weekend bash at Fort Kearny

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A three-day event is underway to celebrate the nation’s Independence Day at Fort Kearny State Historical Park, the U.S. Army outpost founded in 1848 that eventually became the city of Kearney. Laura Rose, a spokeswoman for Fort Kearny, says a soldiers’ camp and living history event will be held today, Saturday and Sunday from 9 […] Read More »

All-Stars to be revealed on Selection Sunday

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A festive July 4 weekend will culminate in a big way at 7 p.m. ET Sunday with the much-anticipated announcement of the American and National League rosters. They will be revealed live on the Taco Bell All-Star Game Selection Show on ESPN. Read More »

Voters likely to decide minimum wage hike (AUDIO)

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Organizers of a campaign to place a proposed increase in the state minimum wage before voters in November say they have more than enough signatures for success. “Today, I’m proud to announce that thanks to the help of hundreds of citizens who donated thousands of volunteer hours, we will be submitting 134,899 signatures,” State Sen. […] Read More »

We’ve had rain. Still, be careful with fireworks this 4th

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Rain last month has improved conditions in the state’s forests. Still, the Nebraska Forest Service urges Nebraskans to take precautions with fireworks. Don Westover, Fire Program Leader with the Nebraska Forest Service, says though there has been plenty of rain in many parts of Nebraska, fireworks still pose some dangers. “We just really have to […] Read More »

Royals sign 16-year-old prospect Aracena

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The Royals signed 16-year-old infielder Ricky Aracena for $850,000, according to an industry source. The club did not confirm the signing. Read More »

Against all odds: Dyson blazing remarkable path

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One-point-two percent. This minuscule figure will forever be tethered to Jarrod Dyson. It represents the number of 50th-round picks who have reached the Major Leagues since the inaugural Draft in 1965. Read More »

Royals Minor League report: July 2

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Royals No. 4 prospect Sean Manaea tossed a scoreless first inning for Wilmington before rain halted play for over two hours. The Blue Rocks won the rain-shortened affair, 4-0, in seven innings. Read More »

Nebraska State Patrol 4th of July special enforcement underway

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Drivers – be on your best behavior this 4th of July holiday weekend. The Nebraska State Patrol will be conducting a special enforcement, “Drive to Save Lives” starting July 3rd and running through the 5th. Lt. Kevin Bridges with Troop A in Omaha says an $18,960 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety is […] Read More »

Historic B-17 Flying Fortress over metro skies Saturday

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An unfamiliar sound will be heard coming from the skies over Omaha on Saturday and it will generate a lot of attention. The Liberty Foundation’s WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber the Memphis Belle is on tour at the Council Bluffs Municipal Airport.   The Memphis Belle is one of only 13 B-17′s that still fly […] Read More »

Get a taste of the 1890s as you celebrate 1776 in Grand Island

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The Fourth of July will be “blast” at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island. Museum spokesman Mike Bockovan says they’ll be improvising an 1890s version of skyrockets. “At noon, we’re going to do something called Firing the Anvil,” Bockovan says. “Our blacksmith takes a big anvil out into the middle of the […] Read More »

Blood donors urged to give as Independence Day draws near (AUDIO)

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As Independence Day approaches, the American Red Cross urges Nebraskans to give blood. April Oppliger with the American Red Cross says summer also poses challenges, because many donors take vacation and young donors are out of school. “During the summer that’s already a challenge, but then we come to the 4th of July and those […] Read More »

Storm Chasers drop fifth straight

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Arismendy Alcantara and Matt Szczur drove in runs in the tie-breaking seventh inning rally that sent Iowa past Omaha, 4-3, Wednesday night in the fourth of five meetings at Principal Park. The Storm Chasers suffered their fifth straight loss to slip to 44-42 and three and a half games behind the Cubs in the American […] Read More »

Saltdogs winning streak halted

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Ian Gac homered and Conor Spink was spectacular in relief but the Saltdogs (21-23) three-game win streak came to an end in a 6-5 defeat to the Laredo Lemurs (23-20) in front of 2,508 fans at Uni-Trade Stadium Wednesday night. After falling behind 6-2 through seven innings, Gac swatted a two-run home run to left […] Read More »