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Nebraska’s high carbon monoxide mortality rate

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks Nebraska as one of the states with the highest mortality rate from carbon monoxide. Joan McVoy is a registered nurse at the Nebraska Regional Poison Center and says the number of calls they have received regarding carbon monoxide increased nearly 13% between 2014 and 2015. McVoy says […]

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Old Market fire determined to be accidental

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Omaha Fire Department investigators determined the cause of the explosion at 11th and Howard Streets in the Old Market on January 9th. Battalion Chief Doug Krysl says there was work underway in front of the M’s Pub building where independent contractors were installing a fiber optic cable. Battalion Chief Krysl says, “The morning of the […]

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Key senator says votes are there to block expansion of Medicaid (AUDIO)

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Supporters of expanding Medicaid hope this is the year the Unicameral passes a measure, but a key state senator says that is highly unlikely. A new proposal revives enthusiasm at the state Capitol for expanding Medicaid. Sen. John McCollister of Omaha has filed LB 1032, the Transitional Health Insurance Program Act, which he says combines […]

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White’s career-high leads Mavericks to victory over Denver

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The Omaha men’s basketball team maintained its share of first place in the conference standings Thursday night with a 69-55 victory over Denver at Magness Arena. With the win, the Mavericks improve to 13-7 (5-1 Summit League), while the Pioneers drop to 10-10 (2-5 Summit League). Senior forward Jake White put together a dominant performance, […]

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UNO women’s hoops falls on a buzzer beater

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The Omaha women’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaker on Thursday night as Oral Roberts got a jumper from the free throw line with two seconds left to play to pull off a 67-65 victory inside Baxter Arena. Omaha is now 10-9 overall and 3-4 in Summit League play. Oral Roberts improved to 8-10 overall and […]

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New-tech way to call for help sees successful first year

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The Text-to-911 service in Buffalo County is marking a full year of operation. Debuting last January, the service is intended to help people in situations where a phone call could put them in further danger. Communications Supervisor Lieutenant Robert Tubbs, with the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, says the majority of emergency calls still come from […]

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Southern Nebraska buried in snow

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Southern Nebraska got buried in snow as another winter storm hit the state. The storm, predicted to hit Lincoln then travel to southeastern Nebraska, barely nicked the city, but it dumped more than nine inches of snow on Fairbury. Heavy snowfall was also reported this morning along the Nebraska-Kansas border with eight inches of snow […]

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Slick conditions cause fatal wreck in central Nebraska

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A Grand Island man was killed in a traffic crash northwest of Grand Island when a SUV lost control on a snow-covered roadway, crossed the center line, and struck his car head-on. The Hall County Sheriff’s Office reports 43-year-old Leopoldo Martinez was pronounced dead at the scene, Highway 2 and Schauppsville Road near Cairo. According […]

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Nebraska Chief Justice says progress has been made on juvenile issues (AUDIO)

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Nebraska Chief Justice Mike Heavican, in his annual State of the Judiciary address, told lawmakers strides have been made in juvenile justice. Heavican, delivering his 9th annual address to the Unicameral, emphasized progress in helping troubled juveniles and vulnerable adults, as he stated the courts take the state motto – Equality Before the Law – […]

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Nebraska State Patrol will speed up work in a new crime lab

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A new crime lab should help the Nebraska State Patrol process evidence faster. Superintendent Bradley Rice says they hope to reduce turnaround time with the new equipment and procedures. “In some cases, about a four week turnaround, which would be excellent,” Rice says. “Think about how much work that the staff here is going to […]

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Rural Mainstreet Index drops along with the stock market

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The latest Rural Mainstreet Index fell for the fifth straight month and is at the lowest level since August of 2009. Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss conducts the survey of bank CEO’s in rural areas of ten states that include Nebraska. He says that number keeps going down. The index was 41.5 in December to […]

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Kearney psychiatrist on probation for failing to pay taxes

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A Kearney psychiatrist has been placed on probation and ordered to provide free services after being convicted of failing to pay more than $131,000 in federal payroll taxes. U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg reports 70-year-old Dr. Reynaldo De Los Angeles has been sentenced in United States District Court in Lincoln to serve five years’ probation and […]

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Daily flights from Omaha to LA start this summer

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There will soon be another option for Nebraskans wanting to fly to Los Angeles. Chris Martin is the director of Airline Affairs and Airport Operations at Eppley Airfield in Omaha and says American Airlines announced daily non-stop flights to Los Angeles starting on June 2nd. Martin says this is a very important addition to their […]

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