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Influenza – part two

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Just when we thought we were out of the woods regarding influenza, here comes part two. Dr. Mark Rupp is an infectious disease specialist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center / Nebraska Medicine in Omaha and says earlier this season an A strain was the culprit. He says now health officials are starting to […]

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Fortenberry office hit by “glitter bomb”; no one hurt

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Authorities are investigating after a “glitter” bomb exploded in the Lincoln office of Congressman Jeff Fortenberry. A spokeswoman for the Congressman says no one was hurt Wednesday. A few members of the Congressman’s staff got showered by sparkles that shot out of the envelope when they opened it. The envelope contained a note stating, “Congrats, […]

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Prairie dog problem pops up in the Unicameral once again (AUDIO)

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Some consider them a pest. Others think they’re cute. The fate of prairie dogs is back before the legislature. In 2012, the legislature passed the Black-Tailed Prairie Dog Management Act. Just three years later, Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha wants it repealed. “It is one of the most heavy-handed approaches to a relatively insignificant issue […]

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Husker men drop their 7th straight

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Shavon Shields led three Huskers in double figures with 14 points, but Illinois pulled away in the final minutes for a 69-57 win over the Huskers Wednesday evening. Ravonte Rice scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half, including a three-pointer with 1:30 left after Nebraska was within 56-50. The Huskers (13-16, 5-12), […]

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Radon-resistant new homes the focus of bill before Unicameral

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Nebraska has one of the worst radon emission rates in the country and the Unicameral is considering a bill that could eventually lead to all new homes in the state being built with radon-resistant measures. Senator Bob Krist of Omaha authored the legislation. “This sets up a task force which will work on the issue […]

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Medicaid nursing home residents could get raise in allowance

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Nursing home residents on Medicaid would get a slight bump in their personal allowance under a bill advancing in the legislature. State Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln supported his move to raise the monthly allowance from $50 to $60 by telling colleagues it’s time to provide an increase. “Think about the people who will come […]

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Easing of mortgage requirements

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Many Nebraskans were impacted when the housing bubble burst around 2007 and residents and banks foreclosed on many homes. After that mortgage companies and banks put in place strict rules on mortgage eligibility for consumers and home sales plummeted. Frank Packard-Reed is a real estate expert and says they are starting to ease lending requirements. […]

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UNL professor says Obama not ready to embrace Netanyahu Iran strategy

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A University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor says the Obama Administration isn’t ready to play hardball against Iran as advocated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu addressed Congress Tuesday about the danger Iran poses to Israel, the United States, and the entire world as it continues to develop a nuclear program. Netanyahu stated that everyone should walk away […]

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Winner-take-all Electoral College bill advances, barely (AUDIO)

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A measure proposing Nebraska revert to the winner-take-all distribution of presidential electors has cleared an important hurdle, yet still faces an uncertain future. Supporters broke a filibuster without a vote to spare when Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha switched and cast a ballot to end eight hours of debate he called a waste of time. […]

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Creighton loses another BIG EAST heartbreaker

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The Creighton men’s basketball team gave fourth-ranked Villanova all it could handle on Tuesday night, but in the end the Wildcats escaped Omaha with a 76-72 win over the host Bluejays. The setback marked the sixth league defeat this season in which Creighton led in the final minute. Creighton (13-17, 4-13 BIG EAST) trailed by […]

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Boys basketball scores from 3/3/15

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Adams Central 49, Aurora 34 Amherst 72, Kenesaw 49 BDS 45, Lourdes Central Catholic 35 Bancroft-Rosalie 48, Stuart 47 (OT) Beatrice 64, Crete 38 Bertrand 68, Anselmo-Merna 54 Bloomfield 60, Omaha Nation 40 Clearwater/Orchard 60, Ansley-Litchfield 34 Falls City Sacred Heart 57, Exeter-Milligan 42 Gretna 71, Elkhorn South 67 High Plains Community 58, Mead 49 […]

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Winter weather provides harsh test for elderly drivers

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Nebraska’s population is among the nation’s oldest and some motorists continue to drive on the state’s roads well into their 90s, which for some, may pose a risk to themselves and others. Nick Jarmusz, at AAA, says family members need to be direct with their elders when safety is clearly becoming an issue. “It’s important […]

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Legislature tables expanded gambling measure

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A proposal to ask voters to strike down Nebraska’s ban on gambling has been tabled for the session. Legislators passed on a 27-16 vote a motion to table by Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha, who objected to a provision in the bill that would allow the Unicameral to expand gambling without taking the issue to […]

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Icy conditions likely cause of deadly crash in Omaha

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Authorities released the name of the man killed this morning in a one vehicle accident near 186th and State Street near Bennington in Omaha. Investigators with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department say 44-year-old Patrick Dubas was behind the wheel of a Chevy Trailblazer and heading westbound when he slid off the road and struck a […]

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104,795 Nebraskans may be impacted by security breach

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More than 100-thousand Nebraskans could be impacted by the security breach at health insurer Anthem. Anthem does not sell policies or process claims here but Nebraska Assistant Attorney General Tyler Moore says there are two different avenues through which could impact Nebraskans. Moore says Nebraskans could be impacted if their employer is located in one […]

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