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Study gauges impact of Nebraska’s “safety net” programs

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The private philanthropy group that puts out the “Kids Count” survey every year is releasing a new report detailing the state-by-state impact of so-called “safety net” government programs on children. Laura Speer, with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, says their findings indicate programs like food stamps and housing subsidies are significantly improving lives in Nebraska […]

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Gov. Ricketts, AG Peterson defend Nebraska definition of marriage (AUDIO)

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Governor Pete Ricketts stands by his support of Nebraska’s definition of marriage, despite a federal judge’s ruling overturning it. Attorney General Doug Peterson has appealed the ruling to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Federal judge Joseph Bataillon has struck down the state ban on same-sex marriage, though he made his ruling effective a […]

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ACLU celebrates same-sex marriage ruling

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The Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says a federal judge’s ruling striking down a ban on same-sex marriage should be a cause of celebration. “Today is a day for celebration, because the love and commitment our clients share will finally be entitled to the equality and respect they deserve in the eyes […]

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Federal judge strikes down Nebraska same-sex marriage ban

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A federal judge has struck down Nebraska’s ban on same-sex marriage. The state attorney general has appealed the ruling. Federal Judge Joseph Bataillon has struck down the state definition of marriage, but delayed the effect of his ruling until next Monday at 8am, presumably to give the state enough time to appeal the ruling to […]

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15-0 run hurts Huskers on Senior Day loss

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Ohio State used a 15-0 run to end the first half on their way to a 78-60 women’s basketball win over Nebraska on Senior Day at Pinnacle Bank Arena. With the loss, Nebraska ended the regular season with a 20-9 overall record and a 10-8 Big Ten mark. The Buckeyes secured the No. 3 seed and […]

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High school wrestling dual championship final results

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Class A Results 1st Place – Millard South 2nd Place – Omaha Burke 3rd Place – Kearney 4th Place – Grand Island 5th Place – Hastings 6th Place – Papillion-LaVista 8th Place – Lincoln Southwest 8th Place – Omaha North 1st Place Match Millard South defeated Omaha Burke 45-15. 3rd Place Match Kearney defeated Grand […]

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Girls and boys swimming and diving championship results

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HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS 11 DIVES Rank, Diver, School, Prelims Semis Finals 1 Taylor Carter Marian 228.90 376.05 526.00 2 Kelly Straub Marian 207.90 347.65 491.55 3 Jessica Warak Bellevue West 200.20 321.85 472.05 4 Lexie Ryan Duchesne 194.65 307.85 415.00 5 Dani Barmore Millard West 197.30 303.15 411.70 6 Cat Sobus Elkhorn/Elkhorn South 183.55 286.95 […]

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Strategic Air & Space Museum’s largest restoration project to date

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The Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland is anxious to start their largest restoration project to date and kick off their first permanent indoor walk-through exhibit. Marketing and PR Director Deb Hermann says they will restore an EC-135C “Looking Glass” aircraft. This aircraft served as the Airborne Command Post and was a Strategic Air […]

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Lincoln legislator targets school budget issue as “priority” bill

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State Senator Roy Baker of Lincoln is apparently the first legislator to name his priority bill for this 90-day session. Senator Baker, who represents southern Lancaster County and all of Gage County, has chosen LB 431, which would adjust the formal bid process threshold school districts face on construction or repair projects. The current level […]

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UNMC/Nebraska Medicine will take part in Ebola clinical trial

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The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine will be part of Liberia – U.S. clinical research partnership to test Ebola treatments that includes an experimental drug. The drug, ZMapp has been used to treat several patients with Ebola but not during a clinical trial to determine the exact benefits. Dr. Andre Kalil is […]

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Sandhill Cranes migration delayed

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Every spring the Sandhill Cranes stop in central Nebraska for a few weeks on their migration north. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission spokesman Greg Wagner says their arrival will be delayed this year. Wagner says, “The cranes like 50-degree weather and 20 to 30 MPH south winds. They are not going to fly against these […]

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Call to 911 sparks search for suspect, sparring with police

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Police dispatchers in Beatrice got a 911 call from a man last night who said his phone was broken, demanded that it be fixed, used profanity toward the dispatchers, then hung up. Police Sergeant Jay Murphy says officers launched a search for the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Mathew Stevison. “Officers located Stevison, riding a bicycle,” Murphy […]

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Court ruling limits TransCanada’s use of eminent domain

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The York County District Court has granted a local landowner’s motion for a preliminary injunction that halts TransCanada’s use of eminent domain for its Keystone XL oil pipeline. BOLD Nebraska’s Jane Kleeb says this stops the company from using eminent domain all across Nebraska. “We won a court case a couple of weeks ago for […]

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Suspended UNK professor faces child porn charges

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A federal court judge has denied a request that medical testimony be allowed in the case of a University of Nebraska-Kearney professor accused of engaging in child pornography in 2013. Defense attorneys for Joseph Benz argue that prescription medication may have contributed to his involvement in illegal activity. Federal Judge Richard Kopf won’t allow defense […]

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Girls basketball scores from 2/26/15

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Beatrice 49, Crete 45 Bellevue West 58, Omaha Central 51 Elkhorn 52, Bennington 37 Hastings 42, Northwest 24 Holdrege 49, Aurora 43 Kearney 59, Fremont 44 Lincoln Northeast 64, North Platte 50 Lincoln Pius X 38, Waverly 15 Millard South 56, Lincoln East 40 Norfolk 30, Omaha North 23 Omaha Benson 54, Lincoln High 20 […]

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